Propaganda, Ego and the City of Plantation’s Antiquity

November 10th Strata Residences Site Plan

Strata Entry

As a result of Propaganda, Ego and the City of Plantation’s Antiquity a phenomenal development project was voted down during the Tuesday evening, September 1st, 2015, Planning and Zoning Board’s Meeting.

The Project:
INVESCA Development GroupStrata at Plantation” Luxury Townhome Development of the Plantation Business Park (PBP). Link to the City of Plantation Planning and Zoning Board’s Presentation.

About the Author:
Thirteen year resident, residing directly adjacent to the proposed development project. Currently known as the Plantation Business Park (PBP). My history in the Park East neighborhood is well documented to just maintain the basic City of Plantation codes that seem not to apply to Park East.

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Park East is located on the east side of Florida’s Turnpike (western border), north of Broward Boulevard, south of Sunrise Boulevard and State Road 7 (441) being the eastern border.

Plantation Park East Google Map Boundaries

Plantation Park East Boundaries

The community is well established, with homes dating from the 60’s and 70’s. The PBP was a development project that was wildly unwanted by the residents of the PPEHOA community. The City of Plantation’s elected officials, whom none actually live in the community, voted to approve the project and as a result the long term plan ended up as an eye sore to the community and a magnet for crime and drugs.

Plantation Business Park Property

Proposed Development Property

Propaganda:
Attending the Planning and Zoning meeting, it was made clear of individuals and the City of Plantation’s own agendas, instead of what is best for the community, if they do not get their dictatorship agendas met, the community will continue to suffer. I’m sure some individuals are now stunned at my terminology, but if anyone is familiar with me, I am no politician, I do not mix words nor, for that matter, have any patience for any individual who does not make an effort to be informed about a development project. Instead of making that effort all they want to do is to tear it down, further deteriorating the community as a whole.

However, I do care about the community I reside in, having fought previous attempts at developing the property and spending many hours of my own time and now money to create this site. Having no plans to run for office or being compensated for my time, my only agenda is what’s best for the entire community.

Plantation Park East Home Owners Association (PPEHOA):
Obviously, by the title of this site, I believe it has got to go. When first moving into the area, I attended some of the PPEHOA meetings which, at the time, had a significant residents attending (20 to 30). City of Plantation elected officials would regularly attend with the community outreach of the City of Plantation Police department. A basket was passed for donations and a monthly newsletter was delivered by email.

During the past two years I have attended maybe three of the monthly meeting and I found that none of the elected officials attend anymore. The Police were there just once that I attended and I found only a handful of the residents attended. They still passed the donation basket and I continued to donate but the PPEHOA no longer publishes a monthly newsletter. What’s up with the money?

Now instead of making the effort of being informed about the project two main members of the PPEHOA board have had their ego bruised because they feel that the developer should have reached out to them.

First; I made them aware of the project and because of their egos and superiority complexes they felt it was too much trouble to reach out to the developer themselves.  Details follow…

Timeline:
In July of 2014 the new developer of the PBP contacted me and according to him at the request of the City of Plantation’s Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic,, not the PPEHOA President, he was very forthright in his plans and his agenda. I asked one of my neighbors and anyone else that he knew to join me in meeting him. No one else attended except my neighbor. Conveying our concerns he was very open to any suggestions to make this work.

On Monday, February 16th, 2015 I received from the developer of the PBP property a Public Information Notice of a first informational meeting and presentation for STRATA on February 18, 2015. The PPEHOA had a scheduled meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Rearranging my schedule to attend, there were several residents attending and many of whom were aware of the informational presentation but the PPEHOA board had no idea of the meeting or anything about the development.

As a result of attending the PPEHOA meeting, informational meeting and presentation was attended by well over 30 residents. Including a few of the elected officials. Councilmember Lynn Stoner, whom was so offended (Ego) because she was not personally notified prior to the meeting, she stormed out in anger, later returning after she calmed down.

Councilmember Chris Zimmerman also attended and claimed that he was never contacted either but the developer was adamant that he had a previous meeting with Councilmember Chris Zimmerman reviewing the plans.

The concerns of the community were made very clear during the meeting. Density and traffic being the number one concern. The developer conveyed his compassion for concerns of the community and also explained that he was not just a developer but also a resident of Plantation and will also occupy the property with his company’s corporate office and a foundation for handicapped kids.

Community Concerns:
The developer has addressed community concerns by lowering the amount of townhouses to 150 and resolved the traffic concern by making the east exit and emergency exit only. All traffic will be entering and exiting Sunrise Boulevard.

City of Plantation Agenda:
IMO after hearing Larry Leeds, the City Plantation’s Director of Planning Zoning and Economic Development, opposition to the project, I can only believe that his agenda is the amount of taxes the City of Plantation will collect and not the welfare or lifestyle of the community. He repeated numerous times one his objections is because of the amount of taxes the City of Plantation would collect from the property.

For the entire time I have lived adjacent to the property the City of Plantation has allowed the property to deteriorate and have constantly had to attend numerous Plantation City Council meetings to make them aware of the horrendous condition of the property. Some history, they have allowed the swale area to turn to dirt, allowed dead trees to exist (the tree city) and collect trash with no maintenance until a resident has to take their time to attend Plantation City Council meetings. Even though a code enforcement officer is paid by the City of Plantation to enforce the code of the city.

Every time I brought these issues up to the council all I would get is denials until taking pictures and at my expense, printing them to bring to the Plantation City Council meetings.

During this time there was not one instance where the PPEHOA did anything to improve the area. Not one representative of the PPEHOA attends Plantation City Council meetings to find out any issues or concerns of the residents or the community. Attending the City of Plantation Planning and Zoning Board’s Meeting, the President of the PPEHOA is sitting on the board and voiced his disapproval of the project (Ego).

Conclusion:
The Strata Project is good for the Park East Community! We are fortunate to have someone develop the property that will be vested in the community, not one that builds hundreds of low income apartments and leaves the area with the money.

This site is being posted on my own and is not in any way connected to the developer. The statements are my own opinion hoping that the Plantation Park East Community will have a place to find out the truth about the property.

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