Long-awaited downtown Dunedin Gateway project draws critics
Preliminary plans for a long-anticipated mixed-use complex in downtown Dunedin has drawn criticism from neighbors and others who fear the project will bring parking problems, noise, lowered property values and the ruin of the corridor's quaint charm.
Six years after the poor economy stalled a medical office-retail development dubbed the Gateway project, Pizzuti Builders LLC has revamped it as a three-story development featuring 124 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments over 24,500 square feet of shops and restaurants, possibly including a Lucky Dill Deli.
Pizzuti hopes to break ground on the vacant 4.25-acre tract at the intersection of Main Street and Milwaukee Avenue by the end of the year.
About a dozen neighbors raised concerns during a recent conceptual meeting that the 207 proposed parking spots won't be enough and that the project will draw a young, noisy crowd.
Most members of the Local Planning Agency, a citizen advisory group that makes recommendations to the City Commission on land development, praised the development as an asset that will finally fill the vacant lot. But one member said she fears the complex will bring street-clogging traffic and charge rents too steep for retailers to survive.