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Board: Rezone mobile home park

Published February 28, 2007


A developer who wants to build up to 800 homes on a former mobile home park cleared his first hurdle with the city Monday, despite objections from nearby residents.

Seminole's Design Review Board unanimously agreed to recommend that the City Council rezone the former Bay Pines Mobile Home Park to allow for single-family homes, apartments, townhomes or condominiums. The matter isn't expected to come before the City Council, which has the final say, until April or later.

Developer John Loder has not revealed his plans for the property at 10005 Bay Pines Blvd., but his attorney promised it would be a "premier development for the city."

But Loder attorney Marilyn Healy failed to convince the 25 or so neighbors who attended the meeting. Many live on Woodland Drive, which abuts the western edge of the old park.

"If they start throwing up condos in there, the quality of life will go down," Ken Fixter said.

Dennis Phillips echoed his sentiment: "The worst-case scenario would be condominiums."

Other residents voiced concerns about drainage, traffic and saving the property's oak trees.

Phillips said he has flooding problems because of a business west of his property and fears it will worsen if Bay Pines is developed.

Margo White objects to the increased traffic development would bring. "The numbers may say it's not going to be an issue, but it's going to be an issue."

The road south of Bay Pines and the neighboring homes is an access road that has two exits to larger streets. On the northern end of the access road, there is no light to help drivers get onto Seminole Boulevard and there is no way to turn south.

The eastern end of the access road stops at 100th Way N. Drivers must turn right on 100th Way to get to a traffic light that allows them access to Bay Pines.

The neighbors said it's hard to turn off the access road onto 100th to make a westerly turn onto Bay Pines because of traffic coming from Keswick Christian School and other residential areas to the north.

Turning east is even harder because the frontage road intersects 100th Way so close to the light. That means drivers on the frontage road have to wait for a space to cross traffic to get into the proper turn lane.

"The traffic congestion there is terrible," said Charles Briden. "You start putting in families with children, with (adults) going to work, it's going to be impossible."

Resident William Graham agreed.

"I've been almost rear-ended two or three times, and there's been several accidents," he said.

[Last modified February 27, 2007, 20:27:34]

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