NEW PORT RICHEY — The city has taken another step toward its goal to redevelop downtown into a vibrant mixed-use residential, commercial and recreational hub.
During a meeting Tuesday night, the New Port Richey City Council approved changes to the land-use and zoning designations for 18 acres in the heart of downtown, allowing increased residential density and higher buildings.
The property is south of Central Avenue, north of Missouri Avenue, east of River Road and west of Adams Street, part of which bisects the Pithlachascotee River. It also is adjacent to popular Orange Lake, which in recent months has been made contiguous with Sims Park amid an overhaul of the park that is slated to open later this month. The park will include a new playground and splash pad.