Tampabay.com – Workers cleared trees and pastures to construct the highway through the Cypress Creek area, designed to relieve traffic congestion and connect Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to Interstate 75. Officials also envisioned the road would one day sustain major commercial and residential development.
It was a prediction that went, for many years, largely unfulfilled. When the recession hit and credit dried up, developers abandoned proposed projects. What was left was a patchwork of growth from Land O’Lakes to Meadow Pointe Boulevard.
In the past year, though, development along the road has exploded, and the 7 miles of the SR 56 corridor is one of the fastest-growing areas in all of Tampa Bay.
Those who drive east on SR 56 from SR 54 will see a new Mercedes-Benz dealership and a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. Bonterra Parc, a luxury apartment building, just opened, and the Ridge at Wiregrass Ranch, a 565-home luxury subdivision, will be complete soon, closely followed by a new elementary school to serve the area. A Holiday Inn Express & Suites is also in the works…