Port Charlotte housing development proposal tough sell for some


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Tensions are building over a proposed housing development.

Developers plan to build Charlotte Commons, which includes 256 apartments units and 119 townhome villas, on a 50-acre vacant lot bordering Peachland, Loveland and Veterans boulevards — roadways some believe the project would clog.

“I just think it’s foolish for all the traffic,” nearby resident Dennis Pascarelli said. “We have enough traffic over there at that intersection as it is.”

The Charlotte County Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved rezoning the land from commercial to mixed use to make way for the new development.

Charlotte Commons is needed to combat the county’s affordable housing shortage, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Mathis contends.

“Over the next five years, we’re going to need at least 200 units a year in order to support the growth in the community,” she said. “So I think this is a very, very good first step for the community.”

County commissioners will have final say on whether the development is built.

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