By Tamas Mondovics
The construction of an upscale apartment complex now well underway, as well as a sign posted nearby promising a brand new medical center and the sale of nearly 100 single-family homes are all clear signs of progress and what is yet to come to one of Newland Communities’ newest 700-acre neighborhood.
Following an official opening of its first phase earlier this year, FishHawk Ranch West Village Center, neighboring Mosaic Headquarters, has enjoyed a slow, but steady flow of business as residents commit to call the neighborhood their own.
According to officials, the new seven-building, 260-unit resort-like apartment complex named, Circa at FishHawk Ranch, will sport six three-story and one four-story buildings and will sit adjacent to six additional townhouse units.
While continuing to retain ownership, Newland has hired a professional management company to maintain and manage the apartments, a decision that Newland Communities Vice President and General Manager Tom Panaseny did not hesitate to defend.
“The company is called “Greystar” one of the largest and most professional apartment managers in the nation,” Panaseny said, adding that the apartments have been in the plans from the very beginning and will enjoy their own pool, fitness center and pet spa and will not share the other community amenities – however the trails and central park will be available to all residents.
The first units are slated for completion by March, 2015, followed by opening one building per month until the complex is finished.
The community is already home to two Hillsborough County public schools, (Stowers Elementary and Barrington Middle,) as well as the Kids ‘R’ Kids Childcare Center and to date, the third of the 290 single-family homes planned for phase one, have now been sold.
Panaseny was excited to add that all of what has already been accomplished at FishHawk Ranch West Village Center, is only part of the plans.
“We are now developing phase two, which will make room for an additional 339 single-family homes and will start construction later this year,” he said.
Newland is also working on phase three, slated for next summer, but Panaseny said that since the project is “something very exciting” and will be a “special addition to the community” its details he is not yet ready to announce.
What Newland is willing to talk about though, is the proposed medical park called FishHawk Medical, LLC., which with three separate buildings is said to occupy nearly four acres, located closer to the entrance of the community.
“We are now seeking tenants to fill the medical park,” Panaseny said. “Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.”
Of course, a neighborhood built by Newland would not be complete without a solid 10-acre commercial site anchored by a local grocer, whose name has not yet been identified.
One thing Panaseny wanted to confirm is that Newland has no plans for a Big Box store to be built within its borders.
“We have never planned such a project as it does not fit our vision and the same high standard homebuyers have come to expect from us,” he said, as he summed up all the activities going on now or planned for the near future.
For more information about FishHawk Ranch by Newland Communities please visit www.newlandcommunities.com.