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Sumter County Commissioners have approved a comprehensive plan change and rezoning for an apartment complex of up to 360 units in the northeastern part of the county.

Villages Crossing, developed by Ron Brown and Character Oaks Real Estate (CORE), would be built near Lowe’s and behind BJ’s Warehouse along the US Hwy. 27/441.

The 15-acre project would be adjacent to the 282-unit Parkside apartment complex in East Village, also developed by CORE of Summerfield, and west of Orange Blossom Gardens on the Historic Villages side. Parkside in East Village was recently sold to a Boston-based company and is renamed Parker in East Village.

Parkside in East Village is located behind Lowe’s in Lady Lake.

The company has also developed medical office buildings and multi-purpose projects including Village Park Center, Oxford Pointe, Twisted Oaks Point.

Commissioners approved a zoning change for the property from heavy commercial to high density residential.

A staff report found the project in line with the county’s overall plan as it sits in a heavily developed corridor near the highway.

“The purpose and intention of the High Density Residential Zoning District is to provide a higher density, an atmosphere where families can reside in a multi-family building, and to provide a buffer zone between neighborhoods of higher and higher residential densities. weak, commercial or other more heavily zoned districts, ”the report states.

Residents of the historic side of the villages, especially those who live on West Schwartz Boulevard, feel threatened by the proliferation of apartments in their backyards. They have filed complaints with Sumter County about declining property values ​​and increasing crime.

“We already have enough problems with people skipping apartment fences. Too much traffic and crime, ”Sheila Sanders and Lisa Gates, who live at 1833 W. Schwartz Blvd. stated in a written complaint to the commission.

They and their neighbors live in the Lady Lake / Lake County part of The Villages, so their concerns may have less influence on the Sumter Commissioners.

More development details will be available when a sitemap is submitted.

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