ST. LEO — Town commissioners officially gave their blessing Monday to their academic neighbor's plan to build a warehouse on nearby land and access a two-lane street.
The vote will allow Saint Leo University to build a new plant operations center next to Pompanic Street, a narrow road with a center line that serves as the border between St. Leo and San Antonio.
However, the town stopped short of granting the university unfettered access. Trucks would be limited to making right turns onto Pompanic to access the campus and to left turns upon exiting. Any new buildings or expansions would require the university to seek a permit from the Florida Department of Transportation to access the area via State Road 52. The university also has to put in landscaping and buffers.
By approving the measure, the town also agreed to share with the university the costs of upgrading the east side of Pompanic.
The west side of the street is part of San Antonio. The proposal there has met with resistance from city leaders and residents who expressed concern about the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians who frequent the road, which fronts a row of stately, old homes.
The city is expected to discuss the proposal at its next meeting Aug. 19.