By Matt Wiley
At long last, homes will soon be going up inside the Wiregrass Ranch Development of Regional Impact (DRI) in a newly formed Community Development District (CDD) called Estancia at Wiregrass, located north of the future Chancey Rd. extension and east of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., between S.R.s 56 and 54.
In January, we reported that Standard Pacific Homes (SPH), a builder from Orange County, CA, had purchased 677 acres of land from the Porter family, who own the Wiregrass DRI, to build a then-unnamed community consisting of 1,181 single-family homes spread out across four gated and un-gated neighborhoods. The community will be named Estancia.
At the June 25 Pasco County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the Estancia community’s CDD was officially approved by the BOCC with a unanimous vote.
“(The approval) is great,” says Frank Messina, Tampa Bay division manager for SPH. “The development is staying right on schedule. We hope to have the home models completed during the fourth quarter of this year and to begin sales in early 2014.”
SPH is no stranger to the area, having already built homes in several large communities in the New Tampa & Wesley Chapel areas, including Seven Oaks, Meadow Pointe and Tuscany at Tampa Palms.
The four neighborhoods inside Estancia, three of which will be gated, will feature a Tuscan-style, “Euro cottage” or Mediterranean look in front, which, as Messina described in January, will be much different than most other homes in the area. Each neighborhood will be built around a clubhouse, which will feature similar architecture to that of the homes in the community. The clubhouses will feature pools, tennis and basketball courts, fitness rooms and other amenities.
According to documents submitted to Pasco County, construction costs for the infrastructure of the project, before any homes are built, are estimated at more than $44 million, which will be paid for by issuing bonds.
The Porter family did not return calls for comment.