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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.

Carol Dell March 14, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The Master Development plan should not be changed. There was too much citizen input into this plan and to change it because the developer wants to build 214 apartments is not right. The Council needs to think about the citizens of Temple Terrace and their needs.....not the developers'. Carol Dell
Carol Dell March 15, 2012 at 09:13 PM
The March 20 meeting is a very important one and all concerned citizens should attend!!! I understand there will be a presentation about the proposed 214 apartments and there could be a vote to change the MDA which would enable the site plan for the apartments with less retail to be approved. This is totally against what the citizens of Temple Terrace were promised when we gave over 20 MILLION dollars worth of property to the developers. Carol Dell
Carol Dell March 16, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Actually people need to attend the 5pm redevelopment committee meeting at the Lightfoot Centet on March 20. That committee,which is made up of the Council members, will make reccommendations about the change to the MDA to the Council (themselves)....so come.early if you wish to have input into this important decision. Carol Dell
Howard Johnston March 16, 2012 at 08:43 PM
What the citizens of this city were promised was a comprehensive, mixed use development -- condominiums, retail space, and entertainment options. We don't need more apartments in that part of town. If condos can't sell (and I understand the real estate market), think about moving the city offices, a police substation, or the Masque Theater back into the planning mix. Trade that kind of development with Vlass for the current municipal building. Or, build the condos and sell them at cost. No one guaranteed the developers that they would make money, and the city doesn't need to trade its future for the short term profit of a private enterprise.
Carol Dell March 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I hope all the concerned citizens plan to attend the 5 pm meeting on Tuesday, March 20 at the Lightfoot Center. The redevelopment plan for our Town Center may be in jeopardy. Vlass wants the Council to change the MDA so that they can deviated from their original promise to build retail, restaurants and condos. Carol Dell
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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