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Council Could Postpone Redevelopment Decision—Again

There is a possibility that a public hearing on the issue could be continued to April 3.

If you’re looking forward to hearing whether or not the Temple Terrace City Council will allow 214 apartments to be built in the downtown redevelopment area, don’t get your hopes up just yet.

Although the to continue the public hearing and postpone its decision until March 20, council members could extend the hearing—again.

“The best answer I can give you is that there’s a strong chance the public hearing will be continued until April 3,” wrote Mike Dunn, the city’s public information officer, in an email response to Patch asking for clarification on the issue. “If that’s the case, then a final vote on the redevelopment issues likely won’t take place on March 20.”

So, why would council members extend the hearing?

“The proposed modifications to the master development agreement are still being assessed, and the city is still working with the developer on those,” Dunn explained.

The city and the developer, Vlass Temple Terrace, are working to come to an agreement on the residential aspect of the project. Council members, city officials and residents voiced concerns on Feb. 16, such as residential versus retail on the ground floor, rental versus owner-occupied units, and the amount of parking spaces.

Last month, would take place at the . At this point, Dunn said, that is still the plan. The meeting is set to start at 6 p.m.

Check Patch for updates as they become available.

Al Martini March 18, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Last week I took a walking tour of the new development area starting from post office and walking north to Bullard Parkway. To be honest it was very disappointing. The arcade in front of karate school is nice but in front of Sweet Bay the sidewalk narrows to almost nothing. Moving further north there is unnecessary perpendicular parking next to sidewalk. The area around gazebo seems fine but as you look back to Sweet Bay, you realize that Gazebo lines up with the street in front of Sweet Bay. I thought Main St was going to pass right through the development from one end to the other?? Going north Main st. gets even more curvy as it approaches Bullard. Some of this might be changed later but I'm sure the gazebo won;t be moving. There seem to be parking lots everywhere. Do we really need so many parking spaces? Cant the parking be toward the back/east side hidden behind Main Street buildings? This layout really doesn't seem to be what was presented in all the planning groups over the past 10 years. We really need to pressure the Developer to stick to the agreed plan and not allow them to make decisions for short term profit.
Quentin March 19, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Welcome to reality!!! We the naysayers who all along said you were going to get screwed are fit with smug smiles. You stuck your head in the sand and listened to the snake oil salesman and you have NO ONE to blame except yourselves YOU are responsible for letting them do this. The current mayor with his statue intact could care less what a mess he is leaving as long as his statue is safe. The idiocy of the populace is never to underestimated because you prove time and time again you're game for any scammer to come down the road.
Grant Rimbey March 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Al, we're aiming to continually raise the bar on the redevelopment as it progresses, remember that the Sweetbay complex was largely a facade renovation on an existing building, this was due to the Sweetbay long term lease. There is not much difference betwen the old Sweetbay complex and the new Sweetbay complex, other than a new facade, and trees. We are hoping to get closer to the excellent 2005 citizen vision of a walkable, pedestrian oriented, mixed use, New Urban redevelopment in later phases (post Sweetbay)! Main Street will go from one end to the other, from Bullard to Riverhills, the area south of Chicago is in a future phase.
Grant Rimbey March 19, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Ps (Sweetbay also did an extensive interior renovation)
Billt May 10, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Still a dump and litter everywhere.

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