BRANDON — It's been a big year for the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center.
In April, the facility celebrated its 50th anniversary. Earlier this year, the center also announced the launch of its Strikers Pride Soccer Academy and a partnership with the Saladino Baseball Academy.
“Our programs have all been taking off,” said Chuck Burgess, the center's executive director. “We're trying to serve the needs of the demand that we have right now.”
As a result, the center will eventually make improvements to accommodate these recent additions, as well as its existing TRIDENT — for intellectually disabled children — and after school programs.
Burgess and his staff, however, got a surprise when they were exploring their options on the 12 1/4-acre property.
“When we bought the property from the original owners, two acres were zoned residential, and we just caught it,” Burgess said. George Greenwell and his wife Shirley opened the private Brandon Swim and Tennis club in May 1963, and served as its leaders for 40 years. “So, we are making sure that the entire property is zoned commercial.”
BSAC has submitted a rezoning application to Hillsborough County. The application is scheduled to go before the Zoning Hearing Master in December, and the Board of County Commissioners in February.
“Right now, this is just the first step,” Burgess said. “It's all about having the right infrastructure and creating the right space.”