New Business Players Add Verve to North Port Homes for Sale


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 19th, 2016 – A flurry of new businesses coming into the city of North Port promises to lend further excitement to its residential property market in the months ahead and onwards to 2017.

The Tamiami Trail corridor near this highway’s junction with Tuscola Blvd. and Sumter Blvd. is one of the city’s new growth epicenters that could help spur market interest on North Port homes for sale. In this area cheek by jowl with North Port Country Club Estates and the deed restricted community of Sumter Green, the urgent care center Med Express is setting up shop before year end.

Also at Tuscola Blvd., where a Lowe’s Home Improvement already has an outlet, a Culver’s restaurant was also reported eying a 2017 spring opening. In addition, Popeye’s Chicken is said replacing the Valvoline station being demolished in this Tamiami corridor. Three other spaces in the Tuscola area are likewise being considered for a mix of commercial and retail uses, according to city economic development head Ruth Buchanan.

Downtown at Heron Creek Towne Center

New Business Players Add Verve to North Port Homes for Sale

Big moves are in the works northward of Sumter Blvd. towards the North Port City Center at the southeast corner of Sumter and Price Blvd. This area is being groomed as the city’s downtown with the development of the Heron Creek Towne Center getting into high gear here.

A part of the North Port Comprehensive Plan, the Towne Center is planned as a 40-acre mixed-use property featuring sidewalks lined with shops and restaurants, plus above-the-store residences similar to those in downtown Venice. Effectively, all these attractions will link with the city’s municipal grounds across Sumter Blvd.

This campus now functions as a town square and is home not only to the City Hall, the post office, and the fire and police departments. It also hosts the George Mullen Community Center and its spacious park which serves as venue to the city’s major sports competitions and community festivals.

Currently, much of North Port’s commercial and retail activities gravitate to the Cocoplum Plaza that Benderson Development opened in 2012, a move that contributed in pushing North Port homes for sale in the market. This 375,000-square-foot strip mall is located a short distance south of the golf community of Heron Creek Golf & Country Club and its growing Town Center. Cocoplum’s current tenants include Panera, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Ross, and some three dozen other shops and restaurants, earning the bragging rights as the biggest strip plaza between Sarasota and Fort Myers.

SCAT Pitches In

Public transport service enhancements that the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is initiating should further help stimulate business growth and the home market in North Port. This November, SCAT is set to add four routes plying the Knights Trail‒Laurel Road corridor from North Port traversing the employment area for such companies as PGT Industries and Tervis Tumbler.

Other South County SCAT route changes beneficial to commuters not only from North Port but also those in Venice and Englewood are also under consideration. These plans include an earlier departure from the North Port City Hall, trip extensions to the Cocoplum Plaza, and a stop at the Walmart at U.S. 41 and Jacaranda Boulevard in South Venice.