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Developer asks for 21 years to build Safety Harbor project

SAFETY HARBOR — Olympia Development wants 21 years to complete Harbour Pointe Village, a mixed-use development in which the residential aspects have yet to be started.

The Planning and Zoning Board is recommending a 15-year window.

City commissioners are scheduled to decide on the time line question and a number of proposed changes to the three-phase residential component of the development when they meet Monday night.

A $30-million retail-office building already is complete between Main Street and S Bayshore Boulevard and amendments to the company's site plan for the townhouses and condo tower are now are up for approval.

According to Matt McLachlan, Safety Harbor's community development director, the major revisions to the $10-million to $12-million residential component of the plan include:

• Expanding the project to allow 11 townhomes to be constructed north of Second Street S, between Second Avenue S and Third Avenue S.

• Reconfiguring eight townhome units along Iron Age Street into two four-unit quad home buildings with a central courtyard.

• Altering the mid-rise condo structure from a two-building design to a single-building design with a ground-level pool deck.

• Amending the height variance to allow for two additional stories within the preapproved 65-foot maximum so it would be five floors of living space and two floors of parking space.

Olympia chief executive officer Edward Entreken said the time line issue "will be a conversation'' between his team and the city.

"We'll listen to what the commission wants,'' he said.

City Commissioner Joe Ayoub said the time line isn't as important as other factors.

"The big question is, do we like the project?'' he said. "And does it fit in with the vision of the community and the downtown master plan? From what I've seen so far, it has a potential to be a good addition to the community.''

Commissioner Nadine Nickeson said she likes the smaller footprint design proposed for the condo tower and the courtyard setting for the townhouses, but said she is "waiting for the rationale they have to give for asking for 21 years'' to finish Harbour Pointe Village.

So is Commissioner Mary Lynda Williams.

"Twenty-one years to tie up a property? I don't think so,'' she said. "At the Planning and Zoning meeting, when asked how 21 years came about, Eddie Entreken shrugged his shoulders. It's just a number they threw out there.''

Eileen Schulte can be reached at schulte@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4153.

Fast facts

If you go

What: Safety Harbor City Commission meeting.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Where: City Hall, 750 Main St.

For more information: Call (727) 724-1555.

Developer asks for 21 years to build Safety Harbor project 11/14/08 [Last modified: Saturday, November 15, 2008 5:30pm]
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