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April 18th, 2017 9:39 AM

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Having lived and worked in the Davenport area for over 16 years, I can honestly say there has been a tremendous amount of change and growth through those years and many promises of great plans to come.

  The Victor Posner City Center, which when first announced in 2003, was to contain 2.5 million square feet of retail, commercial and business park development, 2,600 hotel rooms and 1,991 homes or apartments.  It was also reported that Posner Park would be accessed by tree-lined boulevards and feature a mix of brand-name retail shops, high-end boutiques, and destination restaurants.  Even though the project actually broke ground in 2006, and then hit a major recession in 2008, 14 years after this announcement, few of the promises have come to reality. 

Instead of developing the promises of retail shops and restaurants, we have developed a new problem:  traffic.  There has been tremendous growth with new construction of both residential homes and resort / vacation properties.  The access to Interstate 4 from all of these new communities comes mainly from Exits 55 and 58, thereby causing a massive back-up of traffic daily in a 5 to 10 mile area.  This is a continuous headache for those residents who have lived in this area for over a decade and still need to travel 15 to 30 miles for any retail shopping or dining out. 

Some have said that the “demographics” of Davenport do not support the larger retail chains and restaurants with enough profits, or that impact fees are too high in Polk County, so their decisions to open business here are negated.    Instead they open in Osceola, Orange and Lake counties within a few miles of Davenport. 

Something has got to give in Northeast Polk County!!  There seems to be no interest by county planners or commissioners to develop the amenities that are so necessary to this fast-growing region.  People are getting very frustrated and impatient waiting for the promises of long ago and many are talking about moving out of Polk County because of the traffic nightmare. 

Come on, retail and restaurant chains!!  You have thousands of residents who would gladly support your business at Exit 55. This area is a gold mine waiting to happen.  Would SOMEONE please make it happen??

Written by Barbara Doeringer

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