Construction Begins on Nation's First Crystal Lagoon Metro Ultrafi Community
Metro Development Group, the key developer and visionary behind the Connected City in Pasco County, announced that construction has begun on its Metro Lagoon by Crystal Lagoons. An exclusive construction preview of the site was held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2 where media and VIP guests received a behind-the-scenes look at this transformative aquatic amenity, which will be the first of its kind in the United States.
Additionally, new detailed renderings of the Metro Lagoon was on display, showing plans for exciting features such as a waterslide, entertainment plaza, private cabanas, yoga lawn and an area for special events. Guests also experienced a Crystal Lagoon using a virtual reality headset.
The Metro Lagoon will be at the center of the latest Metro Places community of Epperson, which is the first residential component of the Connected City and will have around 3,000 homes upon completion. Future residents of the community will have the multi-acre manmade lagoon essentially in their own backyards, giving them access to a variety of aquatic activities, such as swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and even using small sailboats. The Lagoon will also have several sandy beaches, offering resort-style fun and tropical relaxation.
Spanning 7.5 acres, the Lagoon will be 4,200 linear square feet in circumference and will have an average depth of 8 feet, with some areas as deep as 10 to 12 feet.
The Metro Lagoon will be maintained by Crystal Lagoon’s advanced ultrasound technology system that uses thousands of sensors to keep the water crystal clear. The Lagoon will initially use between 14 - 15 million gallons of water that will be purchased from Pasco County, but after it’s filled, it is estimated that it will use 50 times less water than a park of the same size and 30 times less water than an 18-hole golf course. Crystal Lagoons also use 100 times less chemicals than a swimming pool and up to 50 times less energy than conventional pool filtration systems.
“Crystal Lagoons’ technology will give families living in the Connected City the opportunity to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle in a safe, fun and sustainable environment, for years to come,” said Uri Man, CEO, Crystal Lagoons U.S., Corp.
The Connected City, named the first “Smart Gigabit Community” in the country to be built from the ground up, will be fully connected with a gigabit network providing some of the fastest internet speeds in the world.
Upon completion, the Connected City will have around 37,000 homes and over 12 million square feet of commercial space, including office, retail and state-of-the-art education, medical and technology facilities. The plan for the Connected City spans 50 years, with the first homes expected to be complete in fall 2017.
The Connected City has also partnered with Saint Leo University to bring a high-tech education center to the area, and with Florida Hospital and Tampa General Hospital to build a wellness district with advanced research facilities, an innovation center, medical hospital with med-spa, and a health and performance institute.
More than 100 guests are expected to attend the Metro Lagoons Preview Event, including Pasco County Commissioners and other key government officials. Speakers at the event include:
- Uri Man, CEO of Crystal Lagoons U.S. Corp;
- Greg Singleton, President of Metro Development Group;
- Scott Andreasen, Director of Landscape Architecture with Heidt Design, which is designing the surrounding features of the Metro Lagoon.
“The Metro Lagoon will truly be a first-of-its-kind amenity, not only in this region, but in the entire nation, and we are excited to share this exclusive preview of the site with our friends, partners and supporters,” said Metro Development Group’s Singleton. “The Lagoon we’re building in Epperson is just the beginning and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Crystal Lagoons to bring this cutting-edge amenity to our other communities.”
The Metro Lagoon at Epperson, which is slated for completion in late 2017, is one of four Lagoons Metro Development Group is building in Florida. Metro will soon break ground on a second Lagoon in the Connected City.
The other two Lagoons built by Metro will be in South Hillsborough County in a community called Southshore Bay, and in Fort Myers in a community called Brightwater.
Worldwide, Crystal Lagoons has a portfolio of more than 600 projects – in different development stages – in 60 countries.
The Metro Lagoon Construction Preview Event will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. Media and VIP guests will have the opportunity to go up in the hot air balloon, weather permitting.
Directions to the Metro Lagoon site from downtown Tampa: Take 1-275 North and merge into I-75 North. Take exit 279 and turn right heading east on SR-54. Turn left heading north on Curley Road and then turn left onto Overpass Road. Please follow the signs for parking.
About Metro Development Group
A Tampa-based company founded in 2003, Metro Development Group is committed to bringing some of the most innovative technologies and amenities to homebuilders and homebuyers. With the introduction of the Connected City, Metro Places, ULTRAFi and Metro Lagoons by Crystal Lagoons, Metro continues to be the gold standard in the development of master planned communities. For more information, visit www.MetroDevelopmentGroup.com and www.MetroPlaces.com.
About Crystal Lagoons
Crystal Lagoons is an international technology company based in Miami, Florida that has developed an innovative concept and technology, patented in 190 countries, allowing for the construction and maintenance of unlimited size bodies of water in crystal clear conditions at low cost. Founded in 2007, Crystal Lagoons’ impressive turquoise waters are revolutionizing not only the real estate world but also water and energy production. Applications range from bringing idyllic beach life to locations otherwise thought unimaginable, to providing industrial solutions for closed-circuit cooling systems for thermal power plants and data-centers, among others. For more information, please visit www.crystal-lagoons.com.