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Low-income complex opposed

Commissioners will weigh the decision on the project, which many Lake Bernadette residents opposed.

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001

Hundreds of Lake Bernadette residents can rest more easily after Thursday's decision by Pasco County staffers not to recommend building a low-income apartment complex in the Zephyrhills neighborhood.

Instead, county officials recommended financing the 160-unit Lake Lisa Apartments on Regency Park Boulevard south of Embassy Boulevard in west Pasco.

A third low-income apartment proposal, Jordan Lakes at Little Road and Ross Lane, is on hold pending a rezoning hearing in April.

County commissioners have received an estimated 1,000 complaints from people living near Lake Bernadette and Lake Lisa.

Diane Morris, head of the county's community development office, said Lake Lisa's proposed location near bus stops and shopping centers helped clinch the recommendation from county staffers.

Morris dismissed the idea that politics played a role in the decision not to support the 208-unit Lake Bernadette project, which drew 100 opponents to a recent meeting.

"I've personally had more calls from Lake Lisa than the other two," Morris said.

County commissioners will weigh the recommendations in considering financing proposals for the three apartment complexes at their meeting in Dade City, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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