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Projects could bring considerable growth to Leesburg

Leesburg commissioners have several issues on the agenda which will have an impact on the growth of the city. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

The Lee Village proposal is up for consideration. This property is the site of the historic Lee School which will be demolished and the property used for 63 townhouse units.

Crossings at 44 developement
The Crossings at 44 development would be located on State Road 44.

The controversial Crossings at 44 development is  before the commissioners for the second reading of the proposed project. This development calls for an annexation of a  34.7 acre property into the city so that it can be used for a mix of residential and commercial uses. Neighbors have expressed concerns regarding the impact of increased traffic on State Road 44. If the Crossings at 44 is approved then the commissioners will consider zoning changes to allow for Planned Unit Development which would allow a mix of residential and commercial uses.

Two additional plats in The Villages of West Lake are also up for consideration as is language to clarify that the town centers are mixed use centers. The city is seeking to have portions of the development zoned as an age restricted development.

Bellvia at Whispering Hills propossed Community Developemet District
Bellvia at Whispering Hills would include a Community Development District.

Also on the agenda is the creation of a Community Development District (CDD) for the Whispering Hills development which is east of U.S. Hwy. 27 and south of County Road 48. This proposed district will consist of 349 acres within the overall 1,088 acre development and would be known as Bellavia at Whispering Hills. The CDD would be the entity which would finance the projected $58 million in development costs.

The commissioners will also consider a request by the chief of police to hire two crime scene technicians and two police services aides.

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