AMENDMENT: On March 2, 2015 Sentio formally withdrew their application. See below for more context.
Mackinnon’s message of presumptive victory (a standard campaign tactic) that appeared this past Sunday says, “From the Trader Joe’s parking debacle to the Denning apartments and the still unknown destiny of the REIT-proposed massive assisted living facility on 17-92, we’ve all simply had enough of letting out-of-town developers squeeze out every inch of free space and leave us to deal with the consequences.”
Mackinnon’s messaging continues her efforts to mislead the people of Winter Park, creating straw men that she promises to knock down. See this link for the actual history of the development approvals she relies on to stir our emotions.
You should know more about “the REIT-proposed massive assisted living facility on 17-92.” A three story, 73,000 square foot, 90 room assisted living and memory care facility was proposed last December for the lot owned by St. John’s Lutheran Church on 17-92 just south of the Orange Avenue intersection. THE PROPOSAL WAS DENIED BY PLANNING AND ZONING IN A 7-0 VOTE (see page 3). The applicant was scheduled to present this proposal to the city commission on January 12 with the unanimous P&Z denial but tabled their request until the February 23rd meeting. Mackinnon attended the P&Z meeting where this proposal was rejected.
Now, the applicant has pulled their request meaning they must reapply, going back through both P&Z and the city commission. In pulling their request the applicant says, “Sentio Investments LLC requests that our Comp. Plan FLU; Rezoning and Conditional Use requests be postponed in order to allow for revisions to these applications to be made for resubmittal to the Planning & Zoning Board and City Commission in order to try to address the concerns expressed by the P&Z Board, city staff and neighbors.”
Mackinnon attempts to stir our emotions about “massive” buildings by “out-of-town” developers. The facts are that P&Z (on which board I serve) told the applicant their proposal was totally unacceptable. The applicant withdrew from appearing before the city commission because their request was dead-on-arrival, and now intends to come back with a revised plan they KNOW must be significantly SMALLER to be seriously considered. Mackinnon’s own example is PROOF the city is NOT ALLOWING DEVELOPERS to “squeeze out every inch of free space and leave us to deal with the consequences.” The straw man is exposed.
Mackinnon misleads the people of Winter Park, trying to motivate dissension and divide us to get votes, while failing to disclose relevant facts she is certain to know.
See clearly. Vote wisely.
Regards, Pete Weldon