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Residents ponder vision of a spruced-up SR 60

Volunteers join a committee to write a wish list of improvements to the road.

By JANET ZINK
Published August 15, 2003

No money has been set aside for it, but the county's staff Tuesday presented to Brandon community members its plan to beautify State Road 60.

About 60 people attended the meeting at the Brandon Community Center. They saw pictures of portions of State Road 60 and artists renderings of what it might look like if county government spent money to pretty up the public areas and developers were required to meet higher design standards.

The target area extends 5 miles from Interstate 75 to Dover Road. The vision of the future shows sidewalks and parking lots shaded by trees, new buildings and a lushly landscaped median.

By a show of hands, those in attendance agreed they would like to see improvements made to State Road 60. But a few property owners expressed concern about being asked to make investments that would raise their property taxes.

Jennifer Mook, who owns land near Lakewood Avenue, said her building is 25 years old and is paid for. It doesn't look so great, she said, but she's making money from it.

"Why would I redevelop when I'm making money now?" she said. "We need the improvements. But there need to be incentives for owners."

County Commissioner Ronda Storms told the group that no changes would occur overnight. They would happen slowly as redevelopment occurs and money for improvements becomes available in the county budget.

A major purpose of the meeting was to recruit volunteers to serve on a committee that will meet once or twice a month to develop a wish list for improvements to the road.

Nearly 20 people have signed up so far.

Those interested in serving on the committee can call Parviz Moosavi at 276-8371.

[Last modified August 14, 2003, 09:46:28]

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