The Office of Economic Growth, in partnership with Duke Energy, the Pasco Economic Development Council, and the City of Zephyrhills, completed a site readiness evaluation of the Zephyrhills Airport Industrial Area with McCallum Sweeney.
On June 22, 2015, the result of this evaluation was presented to the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Zephyrhills Council members at a joint workshop. McCallum Sweeney identified deficiencies within the Zephyrhills Airport Industrial Area that required certain infrastructure improvements be completed in order to more successfully attract Primary Target Industries to the property.
In response, the City of Zephyrhills invested nearly $4,500,000 with the installation of water infrastructure improvements to provide adequate water supply to the Zephyrhills Airport Industrial Area.
On June 7, 2016, Office of Economic Growth approached the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners to authorize a county-initiated project to complete the necessary infrastructure improvements around the Zephyrhills Airport Area. This action, OEG16-131, was approved to allow negotiations and draft a funding agreement between the County and the City of Zephyrhills to install the necessary sanitary sewer infrastructure at the Airport Industrial Site.
A county-initiated cooperative funding agreement (OEG17-004) with the City of Zephyrhills was agreed to on 12/13/2016. Office of Economic Growth Penny for Pasco funds will be used to complete the installation of two lift stations and ±20,000 l.f. of 8” and 10” force main system in the Airport Industrial Area. The estimated cost, including a 25% contingency, is $3,500,000.
January 2018 The City of Zephyrhills is reviewing the project plans with their engineer. The Office of Economic Growth expects to hear more next month!