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Cypress Creek Town Center Developers Vow to Proceed with Construction

A federal appellate court recently decided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permitting is valid for the site.

Developers of the proposed Cypress Creek Town Center mall got some good news from a federal appeals court recently. But, so did opponents of the project.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the appellate court decided that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers did its job in examining the possible wetland and waterway impacts of the mall, which would be built at the corner of Interstate 75 and State Road 56.

"The Jacobs Group is confident that this development will now finally proceed forward," Thomas P. Schmitz, of The Richard E. Jacobs Group, wrote in an email Wednesday to Pasco County officials, the Times reported.

While the 17-page ruling does uphold the Corps’ decision on wetland permitting, the court did raise a new issue. Appellate judges say the developer and Corps must now address any possible impacts the project might have on the eastern indigo snake, which is a threatened species.

If the Jacobs Group wants to move ahead with mall construction, it must get the Corps to demonstrate that the project won’t adversely affect the snakes that live on the site.

Mall developers remain confident they can work through the issues.

The mall’s permit was initially granted in 2007, but work on the project was halted when the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in 2008. Permitting issues have plagued the project ever since.

As the case has gone through different twists and turns, other retail developers have seen their green-lighted projects go from permitting to construction to opening. The Shops at Wiregrass and The Grove at Wesley Chapel have both opened while the corner of Interstate 75 and State Road 56 remains undeveloped.

Phil Lee December 02, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Greed is what drives Pasco County permitting. We not only don't need the Mall, but we don't need status quo politicians that see this as "progress". Shame on all of you.
Christine Gale December 02, 2011 at 09:23 PM
While I would like to see the mall and all the jobs that go with it, I wouldn't blame the developers for pulling out. Move the snakes to Busch Gardens!
lil May 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I will really help to have a mall for many good reasos. if the snake can be removed, just go ahead with the plans, a lot of people cant wait to see it open, that open new jobs opportunities and the economy.

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