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Local pastor worries about Oxford housing development project

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Comprehensive plan changes and the rezoning of two large West US 301 developments in Wildwood were recommended for approval Tuesday at a meeting of the Wildwood Planning and Zoning Council.

Special Magistrate Lindsay CT Holt recommended a rental housing project near Oxford and the massive Twisted Oaks Pointe mixed-use development south of County Road 462, near the city’s police headquarters. The final decision of the municipal commission could be made by the end of the month.

The Oxford project, adjacent to Oxford Oaks and approximately half a mile south of County Road 466, would include 154 attached, detached single-family rental homes designed to provide housing for the workforce.

The 18-acre development would add 54 students to the Sumter County School District.

Terwilliger Brothers Residential, the developer, is a Florida apartment development company that is also building Travesta in Palmetto.

Reverend James Rockey, pastor of the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, raised concerns about the project at Tuesday’s meeting.

Rockey asked if the live oak trees would be preserved and the landscaping used to border the property. He also said the development could help traffic on US 301, where half-mile backups are common in the afternoon.

“Let’s keep this safe place which is a loving and healthy community for all,” he said.

Holt also recommended approval of a plan amendment and rezoning for Twisted Oaks Pointe, a mixed-use project on 387 acres south of CR 462 near the Wildwood Police Station.

The rezoning of the neighborhood mixed-use property from the planned unit development will allow for residential and commercial uses.

The project is expected to include 900 single-family homes, 675 apartments, 22,000 square feet of commercial space and 40,000 square feet of office and medical facilities.

Casey Welker, who lives next door to the site, criticized a proposal to allow access from County Road 209.

“I don’t think it benefits the neighborhood,” she said. “We don’t have adequate police and we don’t have adequate traffic control.”


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