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District councilman calls for vote on Mandarin development deal
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District councilman calls for vote on Mandarin development deal

District councilman calls for vote on Mandarin development deal
Photo Credit: Matt Augustine
Led by councilman Steven Joost (right of center, holding "No Curb Cut" sign), Mandarin residents gather at San Jose Blvd. and Oak Bluff Ln. on Friday morning to protest a zoning ordinance they say would create a traffic nightmare in their neighborhood.

District councilman calls for vote on Mandarin development deal

A development deal where you live is nearing a final decision, but that doesn’t mean the long-running debate has died down.

A zoning change for the former of Oak Bluff Ln and San Jose Blvd in Mandarin has been approved at the committee level which would allow a Chick-fil-A, Chase Bank and other similar establishments to come to that area.

Councilman Matt Schellenberg, who represents Mandarin, now tells WOKV it’s time to get the vote going.

“Everybody took in to consideration everything that’s important to the residents of Mandarin,” he says.

On Friday, a group of Mandarin residents picketed on that corner to raise awareness for their safety concerns regarding the deal.  They say that corner already deals with too much traffic congestion, so changing the flow and adding a “curb cut”- or turn in to the parcel which could potentially lead to cars turning across opposing traffic- are dangerous moves.

Schellenberg stopped short of saying whether he supports this current proposal, but he says the developers worked at length with representatives in the city’s planning department to make improvements on the safety concerns compared to prior proposals.

“Traffic is an important part of my decision making,” he says.

In addition to working to create those changes, Schellenberg says he has also spoken with people in the community at length about how they feel about the potential development.  Because this proposal, or other similar versions, have spent so much time being vetted by the city, Schellenberg says it’s time for a vote.

Nonetheless, if you still have something to say regarding the plan, there will be a town hall Monday night. It begins at 6:30 PM at the Mandarin Community Center on Mandarin Road.

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