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Whittall scales back Colony plan prior to vote

MELISSA REID
Associate Publisher
mreid@lbknews.com

In an eleventh hour change, Unicorp President Chuck Whittall said that after listening to residents at his public forums he will lower the height of the buildings from 12 stories to 9 stories and reduce the number of condominium units from 180 to 108 in his proposed Colony redevelopment plan.

This change in numbers comes only two weeks before Longboat Key residents vote on the Colony density referendum on March 14.

Whittall said he now intends for no building to exceed nine stories and said he thinks keeping the buildings at a height of eight to 9 stories will keep better with the character of the Key, as will reducing the number of condominium units from 180 to 108.

Whittall and his associates held over 12 public forums with residents informing them about the project and he said that this decision is based on the feedback he’s received from the community.

The developer has also confirmed that he will not sell the property if the referendum does not pass. Instead, he will start over with new proposed resort plan.

 

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