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Opponents, supporters mull changes for Dunedin's vacant Nielsen property

The community is having mixed reactions to Wells Fargo's new plan for the former Nielsen Media Research property it owns at 375 Patricia Avenue in Dunedin.

The 23-acre property has been vacant for eight years. In an effort to finally attract a buyer, the bank recently approached city commissioners about changing the property's light-industrial land use zoning to a category that would accommodate anything from mostly residential to a mixed-use "village" community featuring apartments above offices, boutiques, restaurants and other retail shops.

While one business owner says anything on the site would be an improvement over the current "ghost town" the area became after Nielsen left, at least two residents object to the prospect of more traffic that a proposed extension of Beltrees Road would create.

Bank representatives, however, say that extending Beltrees from Keene Road to Edgewater Drive would actually relieve traffic in the Scotsdale Street neighborhood adjacent to the Nielsen parcel. The extension would also bring more traffic to surrounding businesses, bank officials say.

A larger neighborhood meeting is set for May 20.

Read more about the proposal, and what city commissioners and Pinellas County representatives have to say about it here.

[Last modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 1:16pm]


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