By Bob Berry
The Providence Lakes Community, like many other Eastern Hillsborough developments, started as dairy pastures. The community of approximately 2,200 residents live within three types of dwellings: homes, apartments and a resident home, contained within 10 miles of roads and 65 acres of lakes. The 1,720 homes are contained in 19 different “villages,” the 500 apartments are in Camden Providence Lakes and Indigo Point Apartments. Completing the development is Superior Residences of Brandon, a unique home-like community for all levels of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diagnosis.
Primary entrances are located to the east off Providence Rd., which runs north to south, connecting Causeway Blvd./W. Lumsden Rd. to the North and Bloomingdale Blvd. to the South. Providence Rd. was originally a two-lane rural road until its expansion into four-lanes in the last 10-12 years ago. The community is centrally-located to Westfield Brandon Mall, on most days less than 10 minutes away. The Crosstown Expressway is just to the north and the closest I-75 entrances are less than 15 minutes away.
Providence Lakes is a Deed-Restricted community. The homeowners association (HOA) is “Providence Lakes Master Association” (PLMA) which is made up of volunteer homeowners. The PLMA meets once a month within the community and the board meetings are open to homeowners. The PLMA Website is www.providencelakeshoa.com and can be used to contact its board members. The current president is Bob Berry. The community has a full-time management company, Greenacres Properties Inc, taking care of the day-to-day business of the community.
The establishment of the Providence lakes HOA was October 30, 1984 with the Master Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCR) by several corporations. The developers managed the initial HOA turning it over completely to the homeowners upon the constructions completion. Some of the developers include Bay Hill Homes, Centex, Charles Rutenberg Homes, First Brandon Holdings, General Homes-Florida and Suarez Housing which individually developed the 19 villages.
The PLMA is sponsoring a community-wide Yard/Garage Sale on Saturday, April 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for residents.