Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Temple Terrace City Council postpones decision on downtown development project

TEMPLE TERRACE — After getting an earful of complaints from residents packing an auditorium Thursday night, the City Council postponed deciding whether to approve construction of the 214-unit Towne Park apartments as part of a $160 million downtown development project.

Most residents who spoke at the four-hour public hearing raised objections, including the decision to build apartments instead of condominiums.

"Council, your job is to represent us, not the developer," said Tom Veit, who was among several expressing fear that the apartments could eventually become low-income housing.

Another key complaint is that the apartment buildings would not have retail stores on the ground floor, as planners originally envisioned.

Without stores under the apartments, they say, the area would lack the "main street'' ambiance.

Opponents got a boost from Charles W. Stephenson, director of the city's community development department.

He told council members that the development as presented does not comply with the city's master plan for the project.

Having residences "on the ground floor certainly does not speak of 'downtown,' '' he said.

Barry L. Lazarus of Inland Atlantic Development Corp., the apartment builder, told the council that he could never get financing for a mixed-use building plan because banks consider them to be risky investments.

The council voted to continue the public hearing at a March 20 meeting, after the developers and city planners have met to discuss disagreements.

Temple Terrace City Council postpones decision on downtown development project 02/18/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 18, 2012 3:31am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. On the Camino de Santiago, Day 16: An evening of wine and song transcends all language barriers for these travelers


    Day 16: Castrojeriz to Villarmentero de Campos: 35 km, 10.5 hours. Total for Days 1-16 = 360 km (224 miles)

  2. Unexpected weak quarter at MarineMax slashes boating retailer shares by 20 percent


    CLEARWATER — Just then you thought it was safe to go back into the water, a boating business leader issued a small craft warning.

    Bill McGill Jr., CEO of Clearwater's MarineMax, the country's biggest recreational boat retailer. [Courtesy of MarineMax]
  3. Dunedin's negotiations with Blue Jays continue

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Dunedin officials are still in the process of negotiating a license agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays.

    A rendering by Populous, a global architecture firm specializing in sports facility development, shows the entrance of an upgraded Florida Auto Exchange Stadium shows a Toronto Blue Jays team store. If the $81 million renovation plans between the city and team go through, the store would be open year-round.Credit:  Populous
  4. RHP Alex Cobb feeling safer as Rays make playoff push

    The Heater

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing in the fourth inning of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
  5. CapTrust moving headquarters to downtown Park Tower


    TAMPA — CAPTRUST Advisors, a Raleigh, N.C.-based investment consulting firm, is moving its Tampa offices into Park Tower. CapTrust's new space will be 10,500 square feet — the entirety of the 18th floor of the downtown building, which is scheduled to undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation by 2018.

    CAPTRUST Advisors' Tampa location is moving into Park Tower. Pictured is the current CapTrust location at 102 W. Whiting St. | [Times file photo]