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Lowe's, Marshalls bring new jobs; Hoedt works hard to keep local traditions alive; Waterline project will slow Lutz traffic around U.S. 41

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    Phyllis Hoedt quietly goes about helpingto preserve a sense of community that resi-dents cherish in Lutz.

    Her activities on the evening of Dec. 17offer a glimpse into the level of her involve-ment. It was then Hoedt was at theChristmas Card Lane celebration in down-town Lutz. The event featured over-sizedChristmas cards made of plywood, repre-senting local organizations and businesses. Italso included a showcase of local talent.

    The celebration attracted hundreds, andwas the last in a series of special events theLutz Centennial Committee planned.

    After hanging out at Christmas CardLane, Hoedt headed down U.S. 41 toChristmas House at the Old Lutz School. Thatfree annual tradition draws friends and fami-lies to the historic school building to spendtime together and enjoy the festive dcor.

    Long before the crowds arrive atChristmas House, Hoedt and other volun-teers had spent weeks decking out theschoolhouse, inside and out, for the holidays.

    On evenings the school is open to thepublic, Hoedt is there before spectators showup to get the coffee brewing and make sure

    things are in order, said Shirley Simmons, oneof Hoedts long-time friends and anothercommitted community volunteer.

    In addition to those activities, Hoedt hasbeen involved in the GFWC Lutz-Land OLakes Womans Club for 39 years.

    She and Simmons are co-directors of theannual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival, sponsoredby the womans club. The event, at Lake Parkeach December, includes hundreds of ven-dors and attracts crowds topping 100,000.

    The Old Lutz School is another one ofHoedts passions. She was involved early onin efforts to prevent the old school frombeing torn down or being used as a storagebuilding. She was a leading force in ensuringthe Old Lutz School remained available forcommunity use.

    The Hillsborough County School Boardgave the building to the county, and The

    B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOPhyllis Hoedt uses her time and energy to help keep traditions alive in Lutz that cherishesits small-town feel.

    By Michael Hinmanmhinman@lakerlutznews.com

    Plans for a home improvement store leftfor dead three years ago is now being resur-rected as Lowes gets ready to finally cometo Land O Lakes.

    Crews are now clearing trees and otherfoliage from a 42-acre tract of land on StateRoad 54 just east of Land O Lakes Boulevardwhere they expect to have a 152,000-square-foot Lowes by winter, according tocompany spokeswoman Natalie Turner.

    The store will bring 125 jobs, and the hir-

    ing process could begin later in the year.Were excited as all get-up, said Dennis

    Esber, president of the Central PascoChamber of Commerce, and owner of Pointto Point Printing. Whats happening is thatpeople are starting to recognize that theLutz and Land O Lakes area is a great area tobe in.

    The North Carolina company purchasedthe land between Winter Quarters Pasco RVPark and the Pasco County fire station therein 2005 for $2.7 million, and had hoped to

    MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF PHOTOMarshalls will open this summer with spaceat Village Lakes Shopping Center that usedto be home for Walmart.

    By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

    Motorists heading south on U.S 41through Lutz will notice that the right lanehas been closed from just north ofCrenshaw Lake Road to slightly south ofCrystal Lake Road, as workers install a new12-inch water pipe.

    Crews have started work on a $5.4 mil-lion Hillsborough County project that callsfor laying 4.5 miles of pipeline to improvewater reliability and quality for the Manorsof Crystal Lake. The project also lays thegroundwork for future connections to thecountys water system by other Lutz cus-tomers.

    Traffic will continue to flow through thecommunity, but there will be fewer laneswhile the pipeline is being installed, saidLloyd Horton, the countys project manager.

    The entire project should be completedby early 2015, Horton said.

    The road will be restored to a drivablecondition and then the Florida Departmentof Transportation will do a resurfacing proj-ect on U.S. 41, which also will cause trafficdisruptions.

    The state DOTs resurfacing project onU.S. 41 is expected to begin around

    October. The $12 million project will in-volve road resurfacing, drainage work, signalimprovements and CSX rebuilding the rail-road track crossing on U.S. 41, said FDOTspokeswoman Kris Carson.

    The county water project will use alooped system, giving Manors of CrystalLakes residents a backup in the event of anydisruptions, said county section managerRick Kirby.

    The Manors of Crystal Lake already is apart of the countys water system, but hasbeen served by two wells. Those wells and anearby chlorination plant will be shut downonce the new waterline begins operation,according to the countys website.

    The water flow also will be improvedwith the new line, bringing it up to the cur-rent standards for fire protection.

    The waterline project will be completedin three segments:

    B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOSegments of water pipe are awaiting instal-lation in a project that will cause traffic dis-ruption through Lutz as a lane is closed toaccommodate the installation of a new 12-inch waterline.

    Lowes, Marshalls bring new jobs

    See JOBS, page 12

    Waterline project will slow Lutz traffic around U.S. 41

    See HOEDT, page 12

    See WATERLINE, page 12

    Hoedt works hardto keep local traditions alive

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