Downtown development on next week’s agenda

Mon, 02/19/2007 - 9:41am
By: The Citizen

Next week’s Planning Commission meeting in Tyrone could be contentious as a neighborhood group is rallying support against a proposed development.

Developer Burt Clark and his company Olde Town Tyrone wants to develop nearly 54 acres near Palmetto Road and Swanson Road as office space and age-restricted single family homes for seniors.

Town Manager Barry Amos said 13.89 of the acreage would be developed as office, while 40 acres would be for senior residents and contain 146 homes.

For years, Tyrone officials have been looking for a kick-start for developing the area, and this proposal could be the first one in creating a more viable downtown.

But members of the Tyrone Neighborhood Alliance are urging residents to attend Thursday’s meeting and speak against the proposal.

“This is strictly against the people’s wishes and against town ordinances that require one house per acre. There seems to have been no thought given to sewer availability, increased fire and police protection requirements and increased traffic,” read a memo given to town officials from the neighborhood group Thursday night.

The development proposal goes before the Planning Commission Feb.22 at 7 p.m.

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