The shouts of “save our neighborhood” by residents that feel commercial development is encroaching on their way of life continue to be heard through out Tallahassee.
The latest concerns being voiced come from neighborhoods on the southeast corner of Thomasville Road and Kerry Forest Parkway in Northeast Tallahassee.
An eight acre mostly wooded parcel which has been home to a church for years is up for rezoning to facilitate the development of a commercial center.
Property records show the parcel is currently owned by Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tallahassee, Inc.
The proposed application is for a non-residential mixed-use development allowing up to 25,000 square feet per acre and 200,000 square feet per parcel of commercial and office land uses.
The application states that the parameters of the development includes a 50-foot buffer along Thomasville Road and a 30-foot buffer along St. Ives Lane.
Despite these buffers, residents are concerned about the impact of the rezoning on their neighborhoods.
Signs have been placed around the neighborhood voicing opposition to the plan and an online petition has been started to mobilize forces.
So far the petition has gathered 35 signatures and 17 comments.
Concerns gleaned from the comments focus on traffic issues. For example, Abbey Derby writes:
As a St Ives homeowner, I oppose the rezoning of this parcel. I’m pretty sure my tenants will not appreciate the increase of traffic in their neighborhood. The neighborhood needs the buffer of trees from Thomasville Road to keep the noise levels down. We want St Ives to remain a calm place to take a walk where people can let their children play in the street!
And Rita Stevens adds:
We are against spot zoning which is exactly what this appears to be. The only adjacent property is a residential neighborhood which has no other outlet besides the small road which will now be shared with this shopping center. When we bought our house in St. Ives, we loved the fact that our street had one outlet. If this rezoning gets approved, the one outlet will be a detriment to our neighborhood because we will be fighting traffic just to enter our residential street. Please reconsider. Imagine if this was your neighborhood.
The petition can viewed here.
The intersection of Kerry Forest and Thomasville has become a major thorough fare in the area.
To the west, the intersection provides access to retail destinations like WalMart, Starbucks and Rummies. The road also provides access to Bull Run, Ox Bottom Manor and ultimately connects to Merdian Road.
To the east, Kerry Forest Parkway provides access to retail businesses which includes Red Elephant, Beef O’Brady’s and El Jalisco. The road also provides access to Killearn Acres and Killearn Estates.
A similar parcel across Thomasville Road was recently developed. That commercial center includes a dentist office, a mattress store, and a space which is currently vacant.
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