Higginbotham to discuss Bloomingdale development
Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham wants to hear from residents regarding the proposed mixed-use development on Bloomingdale Avenue near Lithia-Pinecrest Road. The meeting with the commissioner from District 4 is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. June 10 at the Brandon Recreation Center, 502 E. Sadie St., Brandon. There will be an opening presentation by the county attorney’s office followed by public comment. Last week, opponents of the development were disappointed when County Attorney Chip Fletcher told commissioners they cannot reverse a 2003 rezoning that allowed a big box retail store and multifamily residential housing. Residents in the area, which includes Bloomingdale High School, a ball field and numerous retail stores, have collected more than 1,000 petition signatures opposing the development.They said the big box store, rumored to be a Walmart, will add traffic to already congested roads, making it dangerous for children and students who cross Bloomingdale. “The proposed changes impact not only our traffic but our environment on the Lithia-Bloomingdale bottleneck,” Theresa Cecchini said during the meeting. “I resent that our community had no input into this decision which impacts our quality of life, to say nothing of the investment in our homes.” The Brandon Recreation Center seats about 450 people. Speakers will need to register and will have a limited amount of time to speak — up to 3 minutes, depending on the number of speakers.