The developer of an ambitious downtown residential, commercial and dining project that’s seen fitful progress for eight years is looking for city approval of a site plan and zoning that could move Main Street Landing beyond the three-story shell that’s dominated Main Street.
The project started in 2004 and was going to provide a mix of residences along with retail and office space for the New Port Richey downtown. The recession derailed progress in 2007 to the extent New Port Richey threatened to sue the builder in 2008 because nothing was happening.
For most of the time only the outer shell of the main building has been visible to residents as workers tried to finish the façade.
Work finally got moving again in 2010 with the help of federal money and the cash from developer Ken McGurn, president of McGurn Management Co., and in 2011, the city approved plans for finishing the exterior shell.
But along the way the original site plan expired.
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At Tuesday night’s meeting, the New Port Richey City Council will review a renewed plan that calls for the project to have a total of three buildings covering most of the 3.1 acres on the southeast side of Main Street and River Road, north of Acorn Street on the west side of the Pithlachascotee River.
The plan calls for the project to move in four phases starting with completion of the main building, or what’s now the shell that covers 46,000 square feet. The bottom floor with have 13,640 square feet of retail space divided into 13 units.
Fourteen, two-story residential units will occupy the upper two floors and a parking area will compete the first phase.
A 5,574-square-foot restaurant east of the main building and along the south side of Main Street will dominate the second phase. It will be two stories and connected to the main building. However, the proposed site plan notes the building could become office space or retail.
The third phase will bring the rest of Main Street Landing’s proposed 46 residential units in a three-story building with 32 units on the southern and eastern side of the site. Amenities such as a pool, cabana and private recreation area will be part of this phase.
The last phase will include 12 docks and 26 boat slips with three of the docks east of the proposed restaurant for public use. The remaining nine docks will be private. Of the boat slips, 20 will be for residents and six for customers of the stores or restaurant. No gas will be sold at the docks.
The plan says the smallest residential unit will be 1643 square feet with the standard residential unit covering 1,813 square feet.
Also, the city wants all signs and landscaping to meet downtown requirements and the exteriors of the remaining building will have to match the architecture and style of the shell building.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at 5919 Main St.
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