Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Dunedin commissioners like early plan for new subdivision

DUNEDIN — Glenn Moor, a 23-home subdivision being proposed for Michigan Boulevard, received a tentative green light from city commissioners Thursday night.

After viewing preliminary conceptual renderings, city leaders voted 4-0 — Commissioner Ron Barnette was out sick — in favor of the development, proposed for 1289 and 1293 Michigan Blvd., just east of Pinehurst Road.

The subdivision would feature two-story homes of 2,600 to 3,400 square feet. Maximum building height for the project is capped at 27 feet. Prices for the homes would range from $400,000 to $550,000.

"The introduction of new homes is a very good thing for us," especially given a recent marketing analysis showing Dunedin's population is anticipated to gain about 1,400 new residents by 2020, said city planning director Greg Rice.

Commissioners agreed.

But first, the project must go before Pinellas County officials for approval of a request that the land use designation on a portion of the parcel be changed from "institutional" to "residential urban" to match the remainder of the site and surrounding neighborhood.

The project is expected to come back before Dunedin commissioners for a second public hearing and final vote around April.

In the meantime, commissioners asked the developer to address concerns raised by the Local Planning Agency, a citizen advisory board, and neighbors on Canadiana Court about stormwater runoff, protection of trees on the site and a privacy wall, fence or other means to shield their properties from view of the proposed homes' second floors.

Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski said she was pleased that the subdivision is slated to include sidewalks, a safety feature Dunedin has been encouraging citywide.

"It's been a while" since a new subdivision was built in Dunedin, she said, "so this is a really big thing... It's an economic booster and will actually bring up the value of homes in the area."

"All in all, I think it's a nice addition to Michigan Boulevard," added Commissioner Heather Gracy. "Welcome, at this point, to Dunedin."

In other action ...

With 4-0 votes, commissioners gave final approval to ordinances that will let a future developer tear down the historic Fenway Hotel and allow condo-hotel unit owners to rent a section of their homes back to the hotel during special events.

Dunedin's new demolition ordinance says developers may raze historic buildings that are in poor condition, don't comply with modern building or fire codes, or sit in flood hazard zones so long as the developer promises to retain the buildings' historic appearance when they are rebuilt.

Rice, the planning director, said being able to start from scratch is more cost-effective and much safer for the Fenway, an all-wood structure that has water damage, lacks fire protection devices and sits in a velocity zone.

The condo-hotel piece will let developers count two one-bedroom, one-bath condo-hotel units that adjoin as a single dwelling.

Rice said that format will provide a win-win for condo owners, who can purchase a larger space and possibly use the second side, which has a separate entrance and quarters, for guests. It also would be a win for the hotel, since condo owners could rent out the second side to the hotel if it ever needed extra rooms.

Keyonna Summers can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4153. To write a letter to the editor, go to tampabay.com/letters.

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