BROOKSVILLE — Two new housing complexes got the stamp of approval Monday from the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission.
The complexes, one near State Road 50 and U.S. 19 and the other near SR 50 and Mariner Boulevard, now go to the County Commission for consideration.
Both of the projects are set for development by Southern Investment Group LLLP, which also was affiliated with the Nantucket Cove Apartments off U.S. 19 near the new Pasco-Hernando Community College campus and the Bridgewater Club Apartments north of the Target store on U.S. 19.
The larger of the two new projects is just north of the Weeki Wachee Village shopping center at U.S. 19 and SR 50 and would include 158 townhomes and 190 apartments on 49 acres. The development previously had been approved for a lower number of apartments, but was never built.
Neighbors asked for a wall separating them from the three-story apartments and assurance that the complex would not connect with their residential streets.
Buddy Selph, representing Southern Investment Group, said that a wall would be too expensive and that a 50-foot barrier of existing trees and vegetation and a fence would provide the separation residents need. He also said there is no plan to connect to residential streets, but there would be a connection to the adjacent shopping plaza.
The second project is just east of Weeping Willow Street on the north side of Jacqueline Road. That complex, as proposed, includes 144 apartments on just more than 10 acres.
One nearby resident expressed concern about more traffic in the neighborhood, but county staffers pointed out that a traffic study will be required. Selph said that, at the county's request, the owner will provide 45 feet of right of way for future improvements to Jacqueline Road.
In responding to questions by planning commission member Ron Caldi, Selph said there is a need for apartments in the county, especially with the $50 million expansion at Oak Hill Hospital getting under way and the widening of SR 50, which is expected to begin in about a year.
"We're full'' in existing apartment complexes, Selph said. "There's going to be a demand.''
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