By Sharon Still

CRES Corp International has big plans for Apollo Beach and the surrounding areas. The company is targeting areas in Florida where there is potential growth and the SouthShore area of Hillsborough County fits the bill, according to Benny Spensieri, CRES Corp International broker and CEO.

“CRES Corp International is taking a very strong pro-active role in introducing commerce and industry into the southwest region of Hillsborough County,” said Spensieri. “Our intention is to continue the growth that has worked its way through Riverview, up to the new St. Joseph’s Hospital and to stretch that growth into Apollo Beach, Ruskin and Sun City, where there is plenty of land for development opportunities as well as a multitude of business opportunities.”

The first project of note is a proposed medical complex to be located at 5697 U.S. Hwy. 41 in Apollo Beach. Plans for the complex include a 250-bed Assisted Living Facility (ALF), a 40-unit medical office and a 190,000-sq.-ft. commercial/office building. Also under consideration for this parcel of land are a 50-70 room independent hotel and other businesses, such as Walgreens, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, Thorton’s or Gates gas station and franchised restaurants, such as Applebee’s, Outback or Carrabba’s,  located on the outparcel area.

The independent hotel will be a limited service operation providing accommodations for those wishing to visit family members and friends staying at the ALF as well as medical professionals and others who have business interests in the area and is one of two hotels CRES International is proposing for the area. The other is a 72-room condo-hotel to be located at 1112 Apollo Beach Blvd., adjacent to Circles waterfront restaurant.

On the west side of U.S. Hwy. 41, directly across from the proposed medical complex, is a 72-acre site where CRS Corp International is proposing a 23-acre retail center with a specialty grocery anchor  such as Sprouts, Fresh Market or Whole Foods, as well as a big-box wholesale store, namely Costco or BJ’s. The remaining 50-acres of this site are set aside for a proposed two phase 300-room Independent Living/Senior Housing development project.

While there are no signed deals or businesses actually on-board for any of these projects, Spensieri said that CRS Corp International is working with land owners and medical and business clients and investors for the medical complex and one nursing home client who has expressed interest in the area.

“We are the answer to the future of area growth and development,” he affirmed.

For more information, call 391-1545.


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