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Property Purchase Paves Way for Eventual Road Realignment


Published on Jun 18, 2021


Bartow, Fla. (June 18, 2021) — What could have been a 107-lot subdivision near Eagle Lake will now be part of the eventual realignment of Thompson Nursery Road.

The Board approved the $2.7 million purchase of 48 acres through a right-of-way agreement between the county and H.R. Baxter & Sons Enterprises Inc. The property, which is along the eastern side of Cameron Road in Eagle Lake, had been slated to become a subdivision by the developer.

But the development company approached the county for the purchase prior to its development since it sat directly in the path of the proposed corridor. The purchase of the property now, rather than after development, also provides a significant savings to the county.

Although the project isn’t currently funded for construction, the county continues to acquire right-of-way when opportunities become available.