According to the Tampa Bay Times, Pasco County just north of Tampa is adding nine luxury class apartment buildings to the housing mix that will bring more than 2,500 multifamily units to the county’s southern tier from Odessa to Wesley Chapel.“This is a growth corridor for the greater Tampa Bay area. We believe in this market,’’ said Sarah Dodd, a spokeswoman for apartment-builder AG Spanos.

Not everyone is enamored with the possibility of more high-end multifamily housing along the heavily traveled State Road 54 and SR 56 corridor. One Pasco commissioner says the county would be better served if the land was reserved for job-creating commercial uses. “It is turning into apartment city. That’s what it is,’’ said Commissioner Mike Moore. “How much more do you need right there?’’

The apartment boom is not unique to Pasco. The Real Data research firm reports more than 6,100 units under construction and another 6,500 proposed in the Tampa metro market that includes southern Pasco. The average monthly rent in the region is $1,220, a 1.6 percent increase over the past six months. Vacancy rates are below 5 percent.

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