How big is too big? How much housing is too much housing? How should growth in Apopka be managed? Those are all big questions in this community, and news of a massive new mixed-use/housing project coming to Apopka only brought more questions and opinions from its residents.
The business/development website growthspotter.com broke the news last week that a mixed-use development of more than 250 acres is potentially coming to Apopka.
Although in the early stages, Evans Properties from Vero Beach wants to bring 2,931 multifamily residential units, 1.1 million square feet of office and retail space, and 1.8 million square feet of industrial uses for its 257-acre development to a property near Kelly Park Road and State Road 429.
The proposal is broken down into four parts, which include:
The Apopka Critic is perhaps the largest social media page associated with Apopka. It has over 10,000 followers and is often at the cutting edge of community discussions.
On September 15th, it posted the story from growthspotter.com about the proposed project and wrote the following lead-in:
"Thank you, City of Apopka.
Golden Gem Rd and Kelly Park Rd.
For annexing everything in Northwest Orange County, you can get your hands on. Does the planning Committee have a plan to widen roads?
Does the planning committee in Apopka work with Orange County to address safety issues? Does Apopka build it, then blame the County for inefficient roads?"
By Monday, there were 14 likes, 57 comments, and eight shares, including a thread of comments from Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore. Most of the posts were critical of the project and the potential growth in the Kelly Park/429 area.