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Tampa Palms residents take project fight to city council

TAMPA PALMS — Opponents of proposed development southeast of the Bruce B. Downs Boulevard/Interstate 75 interchange on Thursday hope to persuade the Tampa City Council to reject the plan.

Residents in the Buckingham subdivision say odds are against them succeeding, but they haven’t given up.

“I have a feeling it is kind of a long shot, that it won’t be approved,” said Hector Rodriguez, a member of the Buckingham Homeowners Association board. “A lot of people are concerned and want to share that with the city council.”

On Oct. 10, the city council tentatively approved rezoning the property to add stores and restaurants on 247 acres east of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in Tampa Palms. The council also backed plans to allow the developer to change the style of houses that could be built there.

A second and final vote is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the city council chambers in downtown Tampa.

New Tampa Inc. wants to add 116,700 square feet of commercial buildings on land extending from near Cypress Preserve Drive north to Interstate 75.

New Tampa Inc. President Warren Kinsler said his company is seeking to add commercial square footage to property already designated for retail use. Five acres for a new city park is a part of the deal.

Residents in Buckingham, a subdivision adjacent to the interstate, fear the rezoning would mean the loss of more trees in an area already coping with an interstate widening project and traffic noise.

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