NEW TAMPA — The Tampa City Council has cleared the way for the expansion of an upscale apartment complex on land recently annexed into the city.
On Thursday, the council approved a request to rezone 7 acres of agriculture, single-family property near Cross Creek Boulevard and Morris Bridge Road to planned development for multifamily use.
The Gardens at Cross Creek, a gated apartment complex on Tropical Cove Drive off Cross Creek Boulevard, wants to build about 60 apartments on an adjacent piece of property that was annexed into the city in July, said Clayton Bricklemyer, a Tampa attorney who represents the owner of the apartment complex.
The property is in the general area of 10550 Taboo Drive and 10610 Broken Arrow Drive, a semi-rural area off Morris Bridge Road just north of the Cory Lake Isles community.
The Gardens at Cross Creek features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments nestled within a wooded, nature preserve-style setting.
City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione, who represents New Tampa, said the voluntary annexation is a sign of progress in Tampa’s housing market.
“What makes a city vibrant is having a mix of housing options,” Montelione said. “Many of the houses (in that part of New Tampa) are single-family houses. This will give many young families in that area options.” The apartment complex becomes the second project this summer to consider voluntary annexation in the New Tampa area.
National home builder Taylor Morrison wants to annex about 150 acres west of Wharton High School into the city. The home builder is interested in building a single-family community targeting empty-nesters.