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Weekly Growth Report Big Demand For Fenney tickets; Fruitland Park Taxable Values Soar

Sumter Landing CDD approves considerable increase in recreational amenities division fund.

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Posted: Monday, June 5, 2017 1:00 am | Updated: 2:16 pm, Mon Jun 5, 2017.

The final design install at Fenney Recreation Center, the Fenney Grill and Orange Blossom Cafe is taking place through Thursday — have you got your free preview ticket yet? Villagers snatched up 812 tickets within the first 24 hours tickets were available for the June 12-15 preview. Tickets still remain available at box offices at Lake Sumter Landing, Spanish Springs, Brownwood and Savannah Center. Fenney’s Blue Heron Recreation Center and Fenney Recreation Center will officially open June 16 at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. respectively. 

In case you missed it, here are some other growth activities occurring in The Villages:

Ongoing growth in the villages of Pine Ridge and Pine Hills in Fruitland Park accounted for nearly 23 percent of about $604 million in new construction value added to Lake County’s 2017 tax roll.

  • The Sumter Landing Community Development District board of supervisors approved a threefold increase in the 2017-18 amenities division fund in the wake of last year’s purchase of recreational assets south of County Road 466. The final budget comes before the supervisors in September. To manage these facilities, the Project Wide Advisory Committee approved, and the Sumter Landing CDD board of supervisors endorsed, an increase in the fund to $65.6 million.
  • Site work is becoming even more visible throughout phase one of the Village of Southern Oaks, in the area at the southwest corner of County Road 468 and County Road 501. Phase one will include up to 850 homes on 274 acres, an 18-hole golf course and two small recreational amenities.
  • The Villages Developer continues to pursue a multimodal path bridge to cross SR 44 at Morse Boulevard for pedestrian, bicycle and golf cart use. The idea still requires state and local approval. The Developer also is pursuing a vehicle-multimodal bridge that would connect Buena Vista Boulevard at the Brownwood area to Fenney and Southern Oaks.
  • SECO Energy continues foundation work on the $3 million expansion of its electrical substation on CR 501 adjacent to Southern Oaks. The upgrade will add enough capacity for 25,000 homes and nearby businesses.
  • The Villages is moving forward with a new 150-room hotel next to Grand Traverse Plaza that will include an upscale full-service spa, a resort-style pool, 10,000 square feet of conference space and a Wolfgang Puck-licensed restaurant. A large advanced medical center — roughly 250,000 square feet — will be built next door.
  • The Villages Developer still seeks resident feedback through the annual survey at thevillages.com on how future growth should take shape.