FAQs

What is happening with the Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club?

The Wheelock Communities-Gentry Land Development Team is exploring the possible purchase and redevelopment of the Bardmoor North golf course and clubhouse. The potential sale and redevelopment is contingent on a Land Use and Zoning application, which has not yet been finalized or submitted.

Serving as a model for golf course redevelopment, we envision a community that seamlessly integrates with the existing Bardmoor neighborhoods. The design team is focusing on enhancing natural Florida-friendly foliage and buffers while opening up the property to invite everyone to experience the new community’s trails, parks, and “Village Center.” We believe thoughtfully designed recreation and amenities would enhance connectivity, encourage community gathering, and foster a unified sense of belonging.

Based on the feedback we have received from the community so far we anticipate things like:

  • An open trail system connecting passive and active parks, along with dog parks.
  • A new amenity center which could include new tennis and pickleball courts.
  • A “Village Center” featuring walkable food and beverage options as well as active programming like yoga in the park, farmers markets and art shows.
How many potential new homes/condos/apartments are you proposing?

The current concept plan would allow for 800 – 1200 residential units, including single family detached, single family attached and multifamily units.  Single-family detached homes would be constructed near similar single-family homes and current single family attached/multi-family residences like Fairway Villas and The Cloisters would be near similarly sized single family attached/multi-family residences.  The concept plan also proposes a mixed-use area between the proposed residential and existing office on Bryan Dairy Road and a natural green space with ponds and community trails buffering the new development from the existing homes. 

For example, attached residences on the course like, The Cloisters, would overlook a natural buffer and similar attached single-family housing beyond.

What types of homes could be built in this community?

Based on our current research, there is demand for a variety of new housing priced at “market-rates” or similar prices to the existing neighborhoods housing. Many neighbors have remarked that Bardmoor is a wonderful place because there is something for everyone and the new community would reflect that philosophy.

Single-family detached homes would be planned with executive level professionals in mind, while the multifamily and townhome options would be priced for everyone from entry-level professional couples (i.e. two teachers, or a nurse and a firefighter, etc.) to empty nesters looking to downsize.

Will there by Section 8 or affordable housing?

No, there would not be any subsidized housing. There would be a variety of price points, but all housing would be priced at competitive market-rates.

Is the golf course closing?

The course is privately owned and will continue operating during Wheelock Communities and Gentry Land Company exploratory process.

How does this impact the Bayou Club?

The Bayou Club is not under contract and is not part of this process.

Would the public have access to the new community?

Yes, based on the feedback we have received from the community so far we anticipate things like:

  • An open trail system connecting passive and active parks, along with dog parks.
  • A new amenity center which could include new tennis and pickleball courts.
  • A “Village Center” featuring walkable food and beverage options as well as active programming like yoga in the park, farmers markets and art shows.

Take our 3-minute survey on amenities HERE or email us your thoughts at: info@MidPinellasParcel.com.

 

How much of the redevelopment would be saved for open space and recreation?

Our proposal currently includes approximately 57 acres of public open space and recreation, which is about 40 percent of the entire parcel. This includes naturalized buffers between the existing homes and new development containing ponds, trails, and parks, which will be open to the public. Residents have expressed interest in recreation options within walking distance, so additional spaces are being reviewed that could include a Recreation Center with tennis, and pickleball courts, and a mixed-use Village Center with small retail, a café or bar, and outdoor space for things like weekend markets, or yoga in the park etc.

How will this affect property values?

In addition to ample natural buffers, Wheelock would propose similar housing types, as well as desirable and accessible community amenities, which are all positive factors to maintaining or improving current property values.

What will I be looking at now if the golf course behind my house goes away?

We are committed to including natural buffers behind all existing residences on the course. The buffer area would be a mix of ponds, trails, small parks and natural green space and in many cases, would be wider than a football field.

We have been meeting with homeowners and HOA leaders to understand neighbors’ preferences and discuss how we can ensure this space saves mature trees and incorporates a trail system that is safe and accessible for everyone in the surrounding Bardmoor community.

How will the environment be taken into account if the redevelopment moves forward?

We would reintroduce a Florida-friendly landscape which provides natural habitat for wildlife while reducing the current use of pesticides and fertilizers needed for golf course turf care.

Our research also shows that increasing the surface area of the current ponds and wetlands on the golf course by 50 percent, would improve both the quality of stormwater runoff to Cross Bayou and potentially reduce the flooding that many neighbors currently experience by allowing for storage of a much larger volume of runoff. These additional pond and wetland areas would also help to treat existing runoff from Bryan Dairy Road and the commercial areas to the north. 

By planting native wetland plants along littoral shelfs in the ponds and in other strategically designed areas, water quality can be enhanced while creating a natural habitat for birds and other wildlife.

What new amenities are you offering if the course goes away?

We are designing an open community – that means the trails, parks, and Village Center are designed to be inviting and inclusive. We are considering a membership or fee-based system for amenities like tennis and pickle ball courts at the Recreation Center.

Is there an amenity you wish you could walk to in Bardmoor?

Take our 3-minute survey on amenities HERE or email us your thoughts at: info@MidPinellasParcel.com.

 

What will happen to the clubhouses?

At this stage, we are proposing a brand new 3-acre Recreation Center that would feature similar elements as the existing Bardmoor Clubhouse such as tennis and pickle ball courts. We are considering a membership or fee-based system for the amenities at the new Recreation Center. 

Is there an amenity you wish was in the new Recreation Center?

Take our 3-minute survey on amenities HERE or email us your thoughts at: info@MidPinellasParcel.com.

 

Is this kind of repurposing of a golf course allowed under county guidelines?

Redevelopment would require approval of a Zoning and Land Use change. There are a number of steps in the application process, and approval from boards such as Forward Pinellas and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners is required before any changes would occur.

Online it shows the course is zoned RPD (Residential Planned Development) – why do you need to do an application?

The Future Land Use of Recreation/Open Space (R/OS) restricts the development of land that is zoned Residential Planned Development (RPD). Without approval from the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners to change the future land use of the property, the zoning is inconsistent and therefore is not valid. 

For development plans to be approved, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners must also approve a Master Plan that sets the density/intensity of uses inside the RPD zoning district.

Won’t any type of development harm native animals and destroy natural habitat?

Wheelock believes in stewardship of the environment and providing open space for recreation as part of the foundation of successful communities. Wheelock has a proven track record of working to enhance and protect existing natural resources so residents can reconnect with natural amenities. Additionally, our research indicates, the development could address water quality issues in Cross Bayou through a series of interconnected naturalized lakes, while improving flooding challenges in neighborhoods southwest of Belcher Road.

Who is this developer?

Wheelock Communities would partner with Gentry Land, based in central Florida, to create this community if it is approved. Wheelock and Gentry Land recently partnered on the nearby award-winning community Starkey Ranch in Pasco County.

If the project moves forward, when would construction start and how long will it take?

There are many steps in the planning and zoning process and no two projects are alike, so it is too early to be able to give specific timelines. Our focus right now is to listen to neighbors, businesses and local government, so we can get input from everyone who’s interested in offering their thoughts.

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