Village Project Gets OK
The Pinehurst Village Council paved the way for the long-delayed Tradition of Old Town project to begin.
Tuesday, the council voted 4-1 to approve text amendments to the village residential development standards to increase the minimum amount of open space from 35 to 50 percent and to increase the maximum dwelling density from 5.25 to 16 units per acre.
Nancy Fiorillo cast the dissenting vote on both amendments.
"I'm not sure it is a smart decision to make," said Fiorillo, who questioned how the increased density would serve as a transition area to the future development of the village's core.
Project developer Michael Doninger told the council that increasing the density makes the project economically viable. He said that he anticipates beginning construction in May or June of 2011.
Before the vote, speakers during a public hearing were divided on the issue.
"This is Florida all over again," said resident Karen Kaplan. "No one has shown me how this will revitalize the area."
The current proposal would call for four buildings to be built in phases. They would include two- and three-bedroom town houses sold for $250,000 to $300,000. There would be a total of 62 units on less than four acres of land.
Doninger presented the current plans to the council in September. The council had voted in April to deny a density request for the project.
Contact Tom Embrey at tembrey@thepilot. com.
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