The proposal for the gated community, Lakewood, went before the Town Council last night for an initial vote. The original Lakewood plans had been streamlined down again. Originally brought before the council with 286 houses in January it has been reduced to 275 residential units with a restaurant, pharmacy and 150,000 square feet designated for a future biotech research space.
The conveniently located and attractive gated community would be on 260 vacant acres at the northeast corner of Indiantown Road and Florida’s Turnpike. The land, known as Parcel 19, is one of the town’s largest undeveloped parcels.
Originally, developer Otto “Buz” Divosta proposed a plan that included 350 single-family homes and a 20-pump gas station. Following objections from town officials and residents, the gas station was eliminated from the plan and the number of homes was reduced. In January, the plan was brought before the Town Council with 286 homes. The land planner for the project proposed building that would be consistent with the other areas surrounding the property.
After about two hours of debate May 20, and with approximately 60 people in attendance, the Town Council voted to continue the meeting on June 17 on the Lakewood project. The council is scheduled to take up modifications to town regulations on building, lighting, setbacks and right of ways for streets that would allow Lakewood to be built.