Tampa City Council approves Turanchik project

05/10/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Despite objections from some West Tampa Citizens, the Tampa City Council today approved developer Ed Turanchik’s proposal to add about 150 new homes in the West Tampa Area.

 

Turanchik needed Council approval because the area is part of an Overlay District. 

 

But some members of the community do not the like the fact that some of his homes will  come with a flat roof.  At an earlier meeting, Turanchik had said building a flat roof would save approximately $10,000 per home, making them more affordable for the community.

 

Ruth McNair has lived in West Tampa for 49 years, and is a member of the West Tampa Overlay Committee.  That group reviews architectural designs in West Tampa and makes recommendations to the Council.   She said she strongly supported the earlier construction that InTown Homes, Turanhick’s company, had built in the neighborhood.  But not these new proposed homes (roll tape#1 o.q.” “)


The Overlay District Committee had already recommendated Against approval of the expansion.

 

The new homes proposed by InTown will be the 3rd series by the developer in West Tampa.  Another critic, West Tampa resident Lou McCrae, who has lived in the area for 35 years,  disputed an earlier comment by Turanchik that there IS precedent for such Spanish Mediteranean style homes in the district.  And she sounded hurt that her opinion wasn’t considered this time around (roll tape#3 o.q.”of this discussion”)

 

To hear some of the residents and then Turanchik speak, it appears that the relationship has somehow gone sour.  But he said his participation in the neighborhood has been nothing but positive (roll tape#4 oq.”in the Tampa Bay Area”)

 

Turanchik boasted about what he called social engineering that he says no developer ever does (roll tape#5 o.q.”everything looks nice”)

 

Turanchik said that he had met with the Overlay Committee and the nonprofit West Tampa Community Development Corporation, and expressed disappointment that they were not supporting the design of his new proposed homes.  He said he was uncertain as to the intense opposition

 

City Council Chair Gwen Miller told Turanchik it wasn’t about his company, but his roofs (roll tape#6 o.q.”I don’t think so”)

 

City Councilman Joseph Catano said he supported the newly designed homes (roll tape#7 o.q.”I will support this notion”) Turanchik also says these new homes will be constructed in an energy efficient fashion.

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