Toytown is a 240-acre historic landfill in mid-county with excellent interstate access, making it a very attractive prospect for a mixed-use redevelopment plan that could incorporate office/industrial, retail, residential and recreational development.
In 2011, a Purchase and Sale Agreement between Pinellas County and Florida Gateway Development LLC was mutually terminated, so this large parcel of land in Pinellas County is again available for purchase.
Zoning, Land Use and Site Planning
The necessary changes to the zoning and land use of the site to permit a future mix of uses have already been approved. The Land Use category is PR-MU (Planned Redevelopment - Mixed Use) and its zoning is CCS-1 (Activity Center). This long-term project to redevelop the site into a mixed-use center will be dependent on extensive planning, permitting, geo-technical evaluations and infrastructure improvements.
Recent History with Florida Gateway Development (June 2008 - June 2011)
On July 1, 2008, the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners approved a purchase and sale agreement that would create an entirely new planned community at the Toytown site. The project proposed to remake this historic landfill into a mixed-use village. The proposal, conceived by Florida Gateway Development LLC, was to create a mixed-use development with office space, retail, hotel rooms with meeting and convention space; and a residential village with a workforce housing component. Importantly, the proposal also included 70 acres of new parks and recreation facilities.
The purchase and sale agreement was mutually terminated in July 2011 due to current economic conditions. The former development company agrees that the Toytown site will eventually become a significant economic asset to Pinellas County.