June Park Residents, Brevard Officials Oppose US 192 Apartment Complex

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Amid fierce opposition from residents of June Park’s rural community, Tampa Bay landowners and developers have withdrawn plans to build a 186-unit multifamily home next to Kaynes Furniture off U.S. Route 192.

Kanes Furniture LLC, landowner of Pinellas Park, proposed to rezoning 12.6 acres of wooded land to the east and south of the store to build six three-story apartment buildings. The land is currently zoned to allow construction of up to 58 homes. Therefore, if approved, the rezoning would have allowed an additional 128 homes.

However, June Park residents objected to the apartments, arguing that high-density housing projects were not suitable for peaceful neighborhoods of mostly 1/4 acre land.

The Brevard County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended a denial of rezoning on January 9. During that meeting, June Park resident Brenda Fox submitted 706 signatures against the project.

Standing at a picnic table in Police Foundation Park on Saturday, Fox said, “We are all county, and sorry for the bad language, but the state is still raising our voices. During a community meeting triggered by a suggestion.

“And we’re going to go to the commissioner’s office and show them that we don’t want this here. And we’re going to fight it and do everything to stop it.”

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The Planning and Zoning Commission advised the Brevard County Commission on development issues, and the Commission was expected to take a decisive vote on the multifamily on February 2nd. We withdrew our rezoning application on Tuesday.

County Commissioner Kristin Czonka opposed the 186-unit multifamily proposal. She represents District 5, which includes June Park and surrounding Melbourne, West Her Melbourne, Palm Her Bay and Melbourne Village.

“In its current form, I don’t support the project. I don’t think the design of the apartments they have is compatible with the neighborhood. That’s the bottom line,” Czonka said.

“Single-family homes or low-density developments would be more appropriate,” she said.

June Park is an unincorporated community of over 4,000 residents just outside West Melbourne. June Park is south of US 192, east of Interstate 95, and west of Minton Road. The proposed apartment location is approximately 525 feet west of the West Melbourne city limits.

Terwilliger Brothers Residential sought rezoning to build Melbourne Place, a gated development with 186 apartments and a pool, clubhouse, fitness center, media games room, grilling area with outdoor seating and dog run. rice field.

“We have no intention of harming our neighbors. Our intention is to build multifamily housing that serves the community and the needs of the community,” Kim Lezanka, an attorney representing Kaynes Furniture and Terwilliger Brothers Residential, told the Planning and Zoning Commission on Jan. 9. told the meeting.

Kane's Furniture at US 192 in June Park.

But more than 100 June Park residents crammed into the meeting to speak out against the complex, resulting in about an hour and a half of public comment.

“I don’t think it’s compatible. It’s too dense for this area with roosters and cows and new coyote friends,” said Ben Glover, deputy chairman of the planning and zoning committee. told to

Glover said the southern section of the 12.6-acre lot off US 192 should remain zoned for single-family homes.

“Roads, drainage, transportation, sewers: it just doesn’t matter. It’s not a compatible use of this land,” Glover said of the apartment complex.

In June 1999, Kanes Furniture Corp. signed a binding development plan with the county commission to build stores facing US 192. “

Landowners and developers had asked the county commission to remove its 1999 binding development plan before withdrawing the application on Tuesday.

Brenda Osborne has lived in June Park since 1990. In her Dec. 29 email to Dzongkha, Osborne asked her to oppose her apartment complex.

“I love the peace and quiet here and would like to avoid adding more than 300 vehicles to the area, plus the lighting and the entrance right in front of my house,” Osborne says. said in an email.

“I sit on the porch and watch all the wildlife that inhabits the land across from me. I was there,” she said. .

Rick Neal South Brevard Watchdog Reporter for FLORIDA TODAY (For more on his story, visit click here.) Contact Neale at 321-242-3638 or rneale@floridatoday.com. twitter: @RickNeale1

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