Zoning changes to disrupt quiet neighborhood
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Big noise coming to a quiet neighborhood.
Some cape coral homeowners are angry about what could soon be coming to their backyard.
"We're pretty spoiled this is a quiet neighborhood," Gail Fields tells us.
And at the center of it is this empty 3-acre lot.
"When we bought we were told it was going to be a city park. We felt great about buying the property," says Harry Nederbrock.
But that's all about to change -- after Cape council members voted Monday 6 to 1 to change the parcel -- on Southwest 20th Ave. -- from single-family to multi-family zoning.
"We had 143 people that said we don't want this in my backyard, and they had nobody… other than the contractor," says Nederbrock.
Fox 4 spoke to the developer's agent Annette Barbaccia over the phone. She says the developer - Robert A. Lee -- is not sure what he'll build on the lot, which is almost more unsettling for neighbors.
What the neighbors do know, is their quality of life will change.
"You're going to have 46 more families move in on a 3-acre place. That's going to bring an awful lot of extra traffic," fears Nederbrock.
And the developer's promises don't ease concerns.
"Any development that would occur on the property would be one that my client would work with the neighborhood, and he's committed to that," said Barbaccia at the council meeting last night.
The only dissenting vote was cast by John Carioscia -- the council member whose district the land is in.