Carrollwood homeowners protest big box store, gas station

Homeowners concerned about traffic congestion

TAMPA - Folks who live in the Enclave at Carrollwood are glad you never heard of their neighborhood.

"People don't even know we exist here and it's a nice, little neighborhood because of that," said neighbor Barbara Ross.

Their homes are tucked away off Floyd Road in Carrollwood.

"We're a small, 12-home gated community," said Bob Kolodner.

"We loved how this was a nice, little quiet pocket," explained Tracy Fleck.

But they're worried that's all about to change.

"Just knowing that there's several hundred thousand people a day, a hundred feet from the property," said Kolodner.

Just across the street, a Walmart and a 24-hour WaWa gas station are proposed at the corner of Floyd Road and North Dale Mabry Highway.

"It's going to add traffic to the side road and our neighborhood and we think it's an incompatible location," said Greg Scott, Carrollwood homeowner.

Traffic here on most mornings is already snarled. Homeowners believe a proposed traffic light would add even more trouble and it's not just the Enclave that would be affected.

"There are other neighborhoods too that have a lot of concerns too, like Burnbrook, Original Carrollwood, and Carrollwood Village," said Joan Boggs.

A public hearing for the rezoning request is set for October 15.  Folks in the Enclave say they'll be there and they hope when its all over you still don't know much about their neighborhood -- that's how they like it.

"Floyd Road is a residential street. We have children who live on this street who play outdoors. People walk their dogs. This is just a residential street and it was never meant to be any major thoroughfare," said Boggs. 

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