110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted Mar 27, 2014 - 9:39:43am
Neighbors are gathering signatures on a petition in hopes of stopping a planned shopping complex along Saxon Boulevard in Deltona.
WRS Real Estate Inc. of Mount Pleasant, S.C., wants to build a Walmart Neighborhood Center and other retail space, perhaps including fast food, on land in front of an upscale neighborhood and retirement complex. Some residents fear the commercial center would be too intensive a mix with their rather tranquil surroundings. WRS has not presented a site plan for the project.
"We have well over 600 signatures on our petition," Sterling Park homeowner John Pike told The Beacon. "We want to keep it mixed-use and keep retail out. It would destabilize the neighborhood."
The mixed-use planned-unit development (MPUD) now in effect was approved in 2006, when Sterling Court, an assisted-living center, was built. The MPUD allows for medical and professional offices on part of the land and commercial uses on other lots. Florida Hospital-Fish Memorial has contracted to buy five acres at the northwest corner of Saxon and Sterling Center boulevards to build a Centra Care walk-in clinic.
Pike and his neighbors object to having a Walmart Neighborhood Market — a grocery store and pharmacy — on the parcel across the street.
"This is going to be a major commercial center," said Alex Ford, an attorney representing WRS and Walmart.
That worries Pike.
The City Commission will take up WRS's request for a change in the development plan during the public meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. April 7 at Deltona City Hall, 2345 Providence Blvd.
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