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Weekly Growth Report Big Week Ahead as Events Showcase The Village of Fenney

Ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening set for Blue Heron, Fenney Recreation Center.

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Posted: Monday, June 12, 2017 8:00 am

Street names like Key Deer Path and Cedar Waxwing represent some of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the Village  of Fenney.

Just across from Blue Heron Recreation Area, the street sign Penny Lane beckons the next wave of growth into Unit 9.

The Wildwood City Commission votes Monday evening on Unit 9’s final plat, which has plans for 139 single-family detached homes on 25 acres.

Penny Lane also is just a short jaunt from Fenney Recreation Center, where 1,600 people are visiting from 9 a.m. to noon today through Thursday as part of a free, ticketed preview.

Tickets still are available at The Villages Box Office locations at Brownwood, Lake Sumter Landing, Savannah Center and Spanish Springs.

Carpools are recommended.

The sneak peek comes in advance of two big events on Friday. At 9:30 a.m. 

The Villages Recreation Department will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Blue Heron Recreation Area, followed by a 10 a.m. grand opening and ribbon-cutting at Fenney

Recreation Center.

All of this is just a snapshot of the vibrancy of this part of The Villages.

Just to the east of Fenney, considerable site work continues at phase one of the Village of Southern Oaks.

Almost all of the site work debris has been removed from the 274-acre development that includes plans for 850 homes, an 18-hole golf course and two small recreational facilities.

Access is restricted into the eastern section of Fenney and Southern Oaks as construction continues.

Elsewhere in The Villages, the Project Wide Advisory Committee also is dealing with growth.

This resident-staffed advisory group to the Sumter Landing Community Development District is managing the impact of a proposed threefold increase in the 2017-18 amenities division fund in wake of last year’s purchase of recreational assets south of County Road 466.

The committee will convene July 17 to talk about policy and management responsibilities.

  • The Villages Developer continues to pursue a multimodal path bridge to cross State Road 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 on how future growth should take shape.