Opposition for application to re-zone for 4-Story Apartment Complex off Aloma and Dean Rd.

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As citizens of Seminole County we are opposed to the application to re-zone the parcels below, currently zoned as A-1 (Agriculture), to PD (Planned Development) for multi-family apartments.

Project Name: Grandeville at Westgate
Parcel IDs: 31-21-31-300-0007B-0000 and 31-21-31-300-0007A-0000 
Location: North side of W S.R. 426 1/2 mile east of S.R. 417

The plots are currently set for future zoning as Commercial instead of Residential. The developer, LeCesse Development Corporation is proposing a high-density apartment complex (Grandeville at Westgate) with 3 and 4 Story buildings consisting of a total of 306 units.

Company Name: LeCesse Development Corporation
Developer has built roughly 15,000 apartment units - presently owns only 3,000 of the 15,000 built.
Developer did not offer any compromises when presented with concerns from the community.
Developer did not offer any suggestions to address the concerns voiced by the community.

3-story buildings in the front
4-story buildings in the back
Closest building to Aloma will be 46' from Aloma

TOTAL NUMBER OF APARTMENTS: 306 (Estimated average monthly rent $1,500)
1-bedroom apartments: 166
2-bedroom apartments: 122 
3-bedroom apartments: 18

Total number of parking spaces: 641
*Per Seminole County average is 2.22 cars per household, which would require a minimum of 680 spots, not including visitor spots etc...

Please support this petition to help all of us Seminole County residents retain the quality of life we sought out when we chose to live here. Our concerns can be summarized as follows:

Consistency of architecture for area and surrounding neighborhoods:
Such high-density complex is not consistent with surrounding neighborhoods, even when compared to nearby apartment complexes; none of which are 4-story buildings. Surrounding area is primarily single-family residential housing or low volume commercial, such as business or medical office buildings. This eyesore would lead to decrease in property value.

Increase in Traffic Accidents: 
Per the Seminole County Sheriff’s office, between January 1, 2015 and November 15, 2017 (714 days), there have been 331 traffic accidents reported on Aloma between Dean and Tuskawilla Roads. That equates to 1 traffic accident every 2 days! A few of these accidents have been fatal. More cars = less safety! The traffic study for this project shows an addition 1,850 additional daily trips of which 143 trips will occur during the peak AM hour and 174 during the peak PM hour.

Crime increase:
Data reported from Seminole County Sheriff's Office to show a 4 to 10 times higher rate of crimes within apartment complexes in the surrounding area versus surrounding single family homes. This would lead to decreased safety in the area, potentially spreading to our neighborhoods and decreasing our property value.

School Capacities:
The Seminole County Public Schools Impact Analysis states the zoned Elementary and High schools are currently over capacity and that this complex would further add to the problem.

Intersection/s Malfunctioning: 
Traffic lights and intersections are not sufficient at present. Adding 600+ cars for a total of 1,850 daily trips would decrease safety. An increase in “U-turns” around Dean Road, in front of Legacy Lane (Lakes of Aloma entrance) and Starwood Drive will occur.

Seminole County boasts it’s “Florida’s Natural Choice.” 
Therefore, a commissioner’s vote “No" on this development is a vote in favor of preserving our environment and quality of life! Let's make this land a green space instead of a concrete jungle!

Seminole County residents, please voice your support of this petition against the Grandeville at Westgate project to keep our county and neighborhoods from turning into concrete jungles. Please emphasize the inconsistent nature of this proposed complex for the area, impact on local schools, and traffic and safety concerns. Please present written/oral input to the following contact:

Joy Giles
Seminole County Planning and Development Division
1101 East First Street
Room 2028 
Sanford FL 32771
Tel: 407-665-7399
Fax: 407-665-7385

Or by attending the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) public hearing meeting. Check date, time and location at



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