South Tampa properties in court over shared entry, parking at new ‘Sprouts’ site

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Two neighboring south Tampa properties are battling it out over construction and proposed parking spaces at a shared entryway.

The property in dispute is a four-unit strip mall at 1515 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa owned by JLR & CER Properties.

WPG-Estrella, an entity created by Tampa developer Wagner Property Group, owns four properties to the south of the strip mall. It plans to develop a shopping center called “The Plaza at Estrella.”

To the west of the properties is a 15-foot passage used as an access point for all properties. The development of the passage dates to 1953.

A Business Journal article from December 2015 said Wagner was “rumored to be working a deal” with Sprouts Farmers Market, an organic grocery chain, to open a location there.

The Tampa Bay Times reported last month that Sprouts is set to open its first Florida store Feb. 22, 2017, at 15110 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.

JLR says WPG illegally blocked JLR’s access to the easement by allowing the parking of construction trailers, vehicles and equipment. Estrella, reportedly, plans to turn the pathway into parking spaces. The site plan shows palm trees bordering the southern end of the path.

Blocking the path would have adverse effects for the strip mall as many patrons use it to access the property.

JLR & CER Properties seeks a court declaration that Estrella must keep the pathway clear.

As of July, the strip mall is home to Brightway Insurance, Tampa Vapor and Signature Tailor.

Estrella was created by developer Wagner Property Group. When the properties were purchased, the suit says the company knew of the passage. WPG-Estrella spent $5 million on the four properties located on the corner of Estrella Street and Dale Mabry Highway.