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Neighbors say 'no tall condos' as developer wants nearly 100-foot high rise in Clearwater

Posted: 3:19 PM, May 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-18 01:57:37Z

The shirts, buttons, and banners all read 'No Tall Condos' in the Edgewater Neighborhood Association in Clearwater as plans for a high rise will go before city leaders next week.

A developer has proposed a nearly 100 foot condominium on vacant land across from Edgewater Drive Park that will be seven stories high, with a parking garage.

The proposal says the building would be 86 feet tall, but from the street level it will equal more like 92 feet.

Neighbors like Dean Falk are putting up signs that say 'No Tall Condos' as he and dozens of others plan to protest the plans Friday night.

Their hope is to persuade the Community Development Board in Clearwater to say no too.

"We're not opposed to all development," said Kate Belniak, president of the Edgewater Drive Neighborhood Association, "we're hoping for something more sensible."

Sensible to Falk means not having a high rise, that he says will "stick out like a sore thumb" as most of the homes in the area are single story homes.

Falk emphasizes the largest building near his home is a Comfort Inn Suites down the road that is two residential stories on top of a parking garage.

The developer, Valor Capital Development tells ABC Action News this property is zoned for tourism, and they feel the residential condos are better suited than hotels.

"But, there's also part of the code, written in there that says it has to match the neighborhood," exclaimed Falk.

The developer has already added a sign on the property that reads, 'COMING SOON!' and that the luxury condominiums will be open to the public despite not being approved.

Neighbors worry how confident the developers are about their proposal.

A city leader with Clearwater confirmed the development has not passed yet, but the property owner can put whatever sign they want on their own land.

Along with the high rise not blending in with the residential area, neighbors worry about the impact from adding more vehicles on to the two lane road into Edgewater Drive.

There will be a public hearing before the Community Development Board on Tuesday, May 21st at 1 p.m. at 100 North Osceola Avenue in Clearwater.