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Meeting on Nielsen property zoning changes is Wednesday in Dunedin



A citizen group that makes land-use recommendations to the Dunedin City Commission will hear developers’ pitch this week on proposed new zoning for the former Nielsen Media Research property at 375 Patricia Ave.

The Local Planning Agency meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dunedin City Hall, 542 Main St.

Members will hear updated plans from Wells Fargo, which wants to change the Nielsen property’s light-industrial land designation to a category that would accommodate anything from mostly residential to a mixed-use “village” community featuring townhomes above offices, boutiques, restaurants and other retail shops.

The proposed development would also designate a portion of the offices for a business catering to one of Pinellas’ high-wage, targeted cluster industries, such as medical technology or research.

The 23-acre site has been vacant since 2005. Bank and city officials hope a zoning change will attract development and return the property to tax-generating status.

The LPA evaluates impacts on things like the environment and traffic, and compatibility with city code. The City Commission, Pinellas Planning Council, County Commission and Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity would also have to weigh in before the land-use designation can be changed.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 2:30pm]


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