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Outlet Shops Proposed for Cypress Creek Site

Developers seek approval for an outlet mall on the south side of State Road 56.

Land O’ Lakes shoppers used to taking day trips to bargain hunt at Premium Outlets in Ellenton might soon find themselves saving big in the gas department.

The Simon Property Group, which owns the Ellenton mall, has announced its intentions to develop a similar outlet on the embattled Cypress Creek Town Center site, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"They said they're ready to go as soon as they get the (Army Corps of Engineers) permit," Pasco County Administrator John Gallagher told the Times. "They wanted to know if they would face any obstacles here. I said there would be no obstacles here."

The 140-acre site, which is owned by the Richard E. Jacobs Group, has stood at the center of an environmental controversy since its owners received permitting to build the Cypress Creek Town Center in 2007. Those permits were challenged by the Sierra Club in 2008 and development work on the site has been at a virtual standstill ever since.

If the Simon Property Group is successful in its bid for permitting, it plans to build on about 50 of the site's 100 developable acres. The Jacobs Group still intends to build on the other half.

In order to develop the site, both ownership groups must gain permitting from the Army Corp of Engineers. They also must address an appellate court ruling that ordered protections be considered for the eastern indigo snake population that lives on the site. The indigo snake is a threatened species.

In December 2011, the that it wasn’t giving up on the site. Officials from the company recently reiterated that stand.

To read the Times full story, click here.

Betty Phelps February 28, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Although having a big mall at that interstate interchange will likely cause huge traffic snarls, an outlet mall is the best idea I've heard so far. Wiregrass Mall is just a few miles away, so you need something different in order to compete with that. An outlet mall at that location could draw customers from the entire north Tampa Bay region. I wonder if there were ever any possibilities for a recreational park there...go carts, miniature golf, skate park, climbing wall,etc? Probably not as the property must be very expensive.
Mark S. Hankins February 28, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Because of delays caused by their environmental shenanigans, they kind of backed themselves into that corner by letting both the conventional mall and the power center go up first.
Megan Hendricks February 29, 2012 at 01:08 PM
This is the worst idea I've heard all year! One of the main reasons I enjoy living out here is relatively little traffic. Why do we need to draw more people to the area who don't live here? Sometimes less is better.
Debbie Kendrick February 29, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Great Idea!! Glad to see their still working on getting it passed!!
P. March 01, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I oppose any development of that area and not because of the endangered snake species (although I do hate to see them impacted as well), but because we are impacting our water supply and this is why it all started to begin with. This area is a watershed filtration area for one of the MAIN waterways to the Hillsborough river and because of the build up and destruction of part of that land, the waterway has been environmentally impacted. This is your water and my water and Tampa's water we're talking about. We cannot let them build on such sensitive land or it will cause greater pollution and obstruction of the fresh water that flows to the Hillsborough river through this area. It will never recover from building a huge concrete pad and parking lot over it! The Sierra Club had good reason to file a suit against the Army Corp of Engineers for their blatant disregard of the scientists who studied this area and gave their recommendations not to allow building to proceed. We need to stop it from being built on this most precious and sensitive area. Find another large tract of land somewhere else.
RoshamBO March 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Have you seen the Hillsborough River? Ever? Ever swam in that pathetic excuse for water? There's sh*t floating in it on a constant basis and you are going to cry about an outlet mall going up near a creek? Are you f*cking kidding me? That mall will create economic growth, increased tax revenue, and jobs for Pasco county.
P. May 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Are you kidding me?? Do you not see in your OWN comments that you describe a river in trouble already and you want to further add to the deplorable conditions you so eloquently described? If there had been people concerned about the impact of development around waterways in Tampa back in the day, it's possible that the Hillsborough river would be in much better shape than it is now. Had they known what we know today about farm runoff and developmental impact on water filtration systems, it's likely that nothing would have been built near the river at all. But with your comment, you sound as if we should just keep on damaging the water supply because it's already been done! Why not address all issues regarding our water supply, including cleaning up the Hillsborough river and considering the impact further development will have on the clean water we all need.
land o' lakes resident January 30, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Sorry as a resident here, totally against this. Why do we need more shopping plazas? I hope this doesn't happen, traffic is bad enough. Also does anybody not care about the surrounding preserve and creek? Why don't we just tear it all down and build more. So sick of it.
land o' lakes resident January 30, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Bad idea.
land o' lakes resident January 30, 2013 at 06:32 PM
You have an ignorant point of view here. So since the land and water is already polluted it's okay to keep on doing it? Sure it seems like a little meaningless creek to you, but we need to preserve what we in Florida. How many shopping plazas do you need? What is next tear down cypress preserve and build more wallmarts? It's people like you that are have no clue. You should get a clue if you care about the future of our state. You mention the economy... Florida's ecology is vital to Florida's economy.

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