We're not all opposed to SpringHills


Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 2:08 a.m.
As a student at Santa Fe who has family that lives along both Millhopper Road and NW 39th Avenue, the extension of NW 83rd Street northward to Millhopper Road would be a welcome change for me.
Save for the introduction of a group that calls itself the "Coalition for Responsible Growth," the majority of people living in this area would more than welcome a comprehensive plan amendment which would allow more development at SpringHills and the improved road grid.
Yet from what I have read in The Sun lately it would be made to seem as if everyone was against development. The Sun has tried to strengthen this opinion by using phrases such as "a growing movement of residents opposed to a revision to the project." Yet an enormous number of residents would like to see the revision go through.
With a growing population at SFCC, traffic will be intensified with or without this development. The County Commission has the opportunity to implement a plan that would strengthen both economic development and a much improved road grid, which would include an additional overpass of I-75.
I was not surprised that the City Commission "strongly" opposes the development. Of course they would oppose a plan that encourages economic development outside the city of which they cannot benefit. Of course their response to our area is that we "annex" into the city, so that they may receive the monetary benefit of the development, yet not be responsible for allowing it to go through.
I say to the city: Take your ball elsewhere and find another economic playground, because many of the residents of this area moved out of the city to escape your development stranglehold. You have dug your own grave, now you must lay in it.
Jonathan Davis, Gainesville

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