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Residents in Tallahassee neighborhood oppose plans for substation expansion

Residents in Tallahassee neighborhood oppose plans for substation expansion
Residents in Tallahassee neighborhood oppose plans for substation expansion
Posted at 5:58 PM, Jan 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-31 13:40:12-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Plans to expand a substation in a northeast Tallahassee neighborhood have brought out passionate opposition from residents.

Neighbors say this plan would impact their property values, disrupt the places they call home and bring an unwanted city project there.

More than a dozen people who live near the existing substation came to Wednesday night's city commission meeting, many of them wearing neon yellow shirts with a symbol showing opposition to the plan.

The substation sits in the Rosehill Subdivision off Ox Bottom Road. The proposal would take more than an acre of land on Spencer Road to expand the substation.

One resident who lives nearby said the city should look at other options that have been brought up.

"We also request this process be slowed down -- that we could have clear transparency and for the substation to impact any sort of homes in the least possible way," said Russell Mick. "We'd like to continue to work together with you. We hope that you agree that's always going to be best for our community.

The city commission unanimously voted to move this conversation to another meeting, stating more time is needed to review all available options. That includes a state-owned property southeast of that site.

We'll continue to follow this story when it's brought up to the commission next.