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South Tampa homeowners protesting new condo plan in single-family home area

Developer wants to build condos on West Mullen Avenue
Posted: 4:11 PM, Mar 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-14 17:53:07-04
Rezoning property

TAMPA, Fla. — South Tampa neighbors are bombarding city leaders with e-mails and phone calls over the proposed plan to build condos on West Mullen Avenue.

A developer wants to build condos on a lot at 3916 W Mullen Avenue where a single-family home currently stands, but needs city leaders to rezone the property.

"It's a crazy change to our neighborhood,” said Mark Heilig.

Mark Heilig chose to raise his family in Swann Estates because he grew up around the corner.

"It's so inconsistent with what we've had,” he said.

The dad of six opposes a plan to build four, two-story condos right next door to his home in a neighborhood that's traditionally single-family homes.

"It's going to be so much more traffic, parking on the street where my children play in the driveway and they ride their bikes,” said Heilig.

Swann Estates neighbors say they are already fighting speeding and congestion along Grady Avenue. Many children walk to class here, with two nearby grade schools.

"Kids come all from Grady right past this lot in question,” said mom Michelene Majakian.

Neighbors say squeezing multi-family condos where one home stands now will only add to their safety concerns.

"It's definitely out of character for what we're looking for, what we were expecting, to have these zoned for town-homes to have people crammed into the lots,” said Bajakian.

It's why these parents and others will appeal to city leaders Thursday night during a rezoning request hearing.

"Just pretending like this is not that kind of neighborhood and dropping a townhouse in the middle of it because that's economically beneficial to one developer, is a waste of such a great, upcoming neighborhood,” said Heilig.

ABC Action News reached out to the developer on the phone. He declined to talk on camera until after the hearing.