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Residents react to variance being denied in Levy Park neighborhood

Tallahassee board denies zoning variance filed in Levy Park neighborhood
Residents react to variance being denied in Levy Park neighborhood
Residents react to variance being denied in Levy Park neighborhood
Posted at 5:45 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-11 14:12:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Thursday, the City-County Board of Adjustment and Appeals voted unanimously to reject a variance request to allow eight units to be built in the middle of Levy Park Neighborhood and now residents say they are breathing a sigh of relief.  

Many say that the eight, three-story and skinny buildings would cause too much traffic in a quiet neighborhood.

Now that the variance was denied, residents say that they would hope no changes come to the property.  

"The hope is that it would stay this way and it is a beautiful scene and we love walking in this neighborhood and the quietness of this neighborhood," said Levy Park Neighborhood resident Lance Ehrhardt. "And so any changes in the increase of traffic will definitely be a big disappointment and will impact I think the neighborhood and the value for the homeowners." 

Residents say they will attend the Tallahassee comprehensive planning meeting on May 14 to stay engaged with the development of that property. 


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee board has unanimously denied all zoning variances filed for the Levy Park neighborhood.

Dozens of people filled the Tallahassee's board of adjustments and appeals meeting this afternoon regarding the variance filed in Levy park neighborhood.

Patrons at the meeting say one neighbor has decided to sell his property and ask for a variance but also wants to build eight, three-story buildings on Green Street.

If the zoning had been passed, residents say that two historic homes would be demolished and it would have long term effects on the neighborhood.

 "On each property they're asking for zero foot back and it's supposed to be five feet on each side and just that bit of difference is the difference from saving this neighborhood from something that would be massively intrusive to keeping it the way it is now," said Penny Herman, who is against the variance.