We'll have more on this later, but for now: Community organization Rethink the Princeton, which formed to oppose the scope of a development project proposed for College Park that would put a 200+ unit apartment complex into an already congested area in the neighborhood, announced tonight that it plans to appeal the Orlando City Council's Nov. 3 decision to approve the developer's project. The group's announcement is below:
Rethink the Princeton has retained Ralf Brookes, a community and environmental defense attorney to appeal the City Council’s Nov. 3rd decision regarding The Princeton at College Park. Mr. Brookes is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law. Mr. Brookes' contact information and resume are attached to this press release.
Rethink the Princeton is “In It to Win It,” and with that goal in mind, our attorney has filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to quash and remand thedecision of the City of Orlando made on November 3, 2014. In addition the group has filed a statutory action challenging a rezoning development order that is not consistent with a duly-adopted Comprehensive Plan as required by law.
For months the Rethink the Princeton (RTP) sought compromise and an equitable solution from the developer and city officials. They do not want this to be a smart growth disaster as has occurred in other cities who jumped on the “new urban” bandwagon. RTP asked for a reduced footprint giving the community more green space. The island is the heart of College Park and residents feel it deserves a true mixed use development that includes concentrated areas of community serving office, residential, recreational and cultural facilities.
The community turned out for three City Council meetings. Residents spoke out in overwhelming opposition to the project as proposed. RTP gathered over 1,000 signatures from residents of 32804 on a petition protesting The Princeton at College Park. In addition, residents wrote to city officials and called our representatives asking for a rethinking of the project and compromise. Ultimately, the community voices were ignored and the City Council adopted ordinances that approved the development as presented with no substantial changes to the original design. The community feels it exhausted all alternatives before deciding to appeal the City Council’s decision.