The following was sent today to:
Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic
City Council Members:
Dr. Robert Levy
Police Chief W. Howard Harrison
Code Enforcement Supervisor Theresa Alexandrich
Christopher Longsworth – Invesca Founder/Chief Executive Officer
How do I start about an issue that has been brought to your attention numerous times and continues to have no resolution? The holiday season is fast approaching and nothing is being done to improve the swale of the former “Plantation Business Park” and now “Strata at Plantation” Invesca Development Group development.
Over the years of trying to hold the property owners to the same standards as the rest of the community has done nothing but get worse. As a resident who fought to get the property owner the approvals needed to proceed with his development I can only say how betrayed I feel. Now that his development code changes have been approved I have had no contact what so ever from the developer on any time frame or plan improvements.
Originally meeting in July of 2014 I was promised the improvements to the property within six months, it is now September of 2016, a full two years later and the property has deteriorated even worse than when the developer purchased the property. The fencing between the walls have deteriorated to the point of falling over because of rust with no maintenance. Due to the amount of rain we have had the grass at least has remained green, the developer has yet to install a working irrigation system for the swale. He continues to blame the neighborhood for the issues, yet as I have conveyed to him, that if the property looks like a dump, which it does, people anywhere will treat it that way. He only maintains the property every other Friday and trash remains. As you can see by the second image, the developer has removed mature trees and has yet to replace them to screen the commercial area from residential. Can only assume the proper approvals from the city were obtained before the removal.
Please click on these two links to visually see the difference in the property:
Image taken December 28, 2014:
Image taken September 3, 2016:
My biggest concern is the fact that the images you are seeing are part of the property that was excluded from the site maps and zoning changes requested. The building has been refurbished, as seen in the second image, and the Invesca Development Group and the rehabilitation “School” has been occupied and doing business for quite a while now.
“Ord. No. 2340, § 1, 1-5-2005; Sec. 13-37. – Required landscaping adjacent to public rights-of-way; Paragraph 4: If such durable barrier is of nonliving material, such as a wall or fence, plantings should be of such size and spacing that seventy-five (75) percent of the total linear length is covered by plantings.”
Contacting all of you again to ask your assistance to have the developer simply adhere to the City of Plantation Code.
Response: Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic - Received: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 4:34 PM Contact, Thank you for taking the time to email your concerns to my office. I have forwarded your concerns to the Landscape Dept. and the issues will be addressed. Regards, Diane Veltri Bendekovic, Mayor City of Plantation P 954-797-2221 F 954-797-2223 Mayor@Plantation.org
Lynn Stoner - Received: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 2:57 PM Contact - Thank you for your comments. Respectfully, Lynn Stoner