If you’ve driven down County Road 486 lately, you will have noticed three fairly large parcels where trees have been cleared for development.
The Chronicle has received inquiries about them and decided to get the lowdown.
Here’s what’s coming:
New emergency department
Work on Bayfront Health Seven Rivers’ $12.3 million freestanding emergency department at 795 W. Norvell Bryant (County Road 486) in Citrus Hills has begun in earnest.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the site, which is adjacent to the Walgreens by Forest Ridge Boulevard.
The county’s first freestanding ER department will contain 10,912 square feet and have eight examination rooms and 12 treatment centers that include radiology and on-site lab services.
The new facility will treat patients with illnesses and injuries that require a higher level of care offered by urgent care facilities.
New storage center
Three mini-warehouse buildings are going up at the southwest corner of C.R. 486 and North Page Avenue — between North Citrus Hills Boulevard and Croft Avenue — in Hernando.
A county site permit shows there will also be room for open storage. The applicant, Citrus Hills Storage LLC, has not yet applied for a building permit.
Close to the warehouse/storage facility is a large piece of property on the northeast corner of C.R. 486 and Croft Avenue.
The 38-acre property will be a tree farm/nursery, according to former county commissioner Scott Adams, who once owned the lot. There will be mixed trees and plants for residential and commercial sale, Adams said.
County staffers say the property is zoned agricultural and the land-clearing being done conforms to that usage. As such, no permit is needed.