Planning Commission votes unanimously to approve New Errol project

first_img March 22, 2018 at 9:21 pm Plan moves to City Council vote next TuesdayBefore a crowd of approximately 300 residents at the VFW/Apopka Community Center on Wednesday night, the Apopka City Planning Commission voted unanimously to move the Signature H Property Group’s New Errol project to the next stage of its approval.  In a process that took over two hours to complete, the Planning Commission watched as City Staff and the Signature H Group gave presentations describing the project, and then listened as one attorney and 10 residents spoke during public comments.Erik Whynot, an attorney with the law firm Garfinkel Whynot, P.A., and representing the Errol Estate Property Owners Association (EEPOA), gave a 15-minute presentation in which he pointed out parts of the project’s plan that he and the EEPOA believes have evolved from their original promise.“Generally speaking the EEPOA supports the vision of Signature H, but there’s a difference between the marketing that Signature H does and the documents. With these types of large projects, the devil is in the details.”The Apopka City Planning Commission voted 7-0 in favor of moving the New Errol project to the City Council.The EEPOA, which represents 2,000 residents – over 80% of the Errol homeowners according to Whynot, pointed specifically to the construction of a spine road designed to alleviate construction traffic away from the major thoroughfares in the Errol community. According to Whynot, this road was supposed to be constructed first.“Initially, the spine road was to be complete before any of the construction would be started,” Whynot said. “We don’t want Errol Parkway and Golf Course Drive to be the only construction throughways. The spine road needs to be completed in order to relieve traffic congestion on Errol Parkway and Golf Course Drive that will definitely result in the development stages of this project. There is a significant concern for safety and pedestrians for those roads as a construction entryway.”Dale Fenwick, an Errol resident and former publisher of The Apopka Voice, was concerned that the golf course had been taken off the plan that the City was to approve.“Like most people here tonight, I support the Errol project,” he said. “However, my support is not without reservations. The developers garnered support by spending two years promising us that they were going to renovate the golf course and build a clubhouse before the first home was sold. It was a bold promise, but without it, you wouldn’t see the support you see here today. Unfortunately, the golf course was taken out of the Master Plan three weeks ago, and because it is off the plan, I don’t know if the City can hold the developer accountable for their promise, but I encourage you to find a way.”The vast majority of the audience was in favor of the New Errol project, and many wore the t-shirts distributed by Signature H showing their support. And of the 10 public comments, most made positive remarks about the project.“I did not plan on speaking tonight,” said Apopka resident Barbara McLeod. “But I have seen Errol go up and down for the last 25 years. We have no options. No one is knocking on our door to make our land and our golf course and our area better. Our options are knee-high weeds, snakes, and rats. I understand that there are people being impacted by the changes, and I’m sorry for that, but it’s only a handful. If we don’t do this, you can kiss all of your property values goodbye.”Another longtime Errol homeowner agreed with McLeod.“I’ve been a resident for 19 years and I’ve seen a lot of projects come through and they all have failed for various reasons,” said Tom Watson. “The plan before us seems very reasonable, well thought out. It’s a major project, and I think it’s the last best hope for Errol Estate. It’s an unbelievable piece of property like no other in the area. I support this project and I hope everyone will. I hope it will be successful.”After public comments, the Commision, which consists of seven non-elected members that prepare and make recommendations to the City Council on the City’s Comprehensive Plan, land use, development plans, and rezonings, voted 7-0 to approve the plan.“We’re very pleased and honored that the Apopka City Planning Commission has unanimously approved and recommended our plans for New Errol and Staghorn, as we are truly excited to get to the next step of City Council approval and begin groundbreaking on the new projects, beginning with the golf course,” said Helmut Wyzisk III, vice president of Signature H Property Group, the developers of New Errol and the Staghorn Club & Lodge. “This is a clear signal that the community understands the revitalization that this property needs and has the confidence in what our extensive and experienced team has put forth to turn New Errol and Staghorn into an exciting, beautiful, and thriving development for not just its residents, but for the entire city of Apopka as well.”According to Signature H Property Group, it has presented at multiple meetings showcasing its development plans for a completely redesigned 18-hole golf course; a brand new clubhouse and lodge featuring restaurants, bars, retail shops, a boutique hotel, water park, new luxury residences, an assisted living/post-acute care rehab facility, public spaces, parks and walking trails.“We feel this unanimous vote reflects the amount of time, effort, and community relations that Signature H has put into this well-envisioned plan to make sure it not only brings much-needed amenities to the area but also that they fit seamlessly into the existing neighborhoods as well as possible,” said Larry Klein, a partner with Signature H and 30-year resident of Apopka and Errol Estate who released a statement through Signature H.“Signature H has put together a most impressive team of planners, designers, and building contractors and has spent countless hours talking directly with Errol residents to understand their needs, their concerns and their overall excitement about where we’re headed.”The project moves to the Apopka City Council on Tuesday.The project now moves to a special City Council hearing on April 27th, and the likelihood is that the New Errol project will face a stiffer challenge with them if the August 24th, 2017 meeting is any indication.The City Council was cautiously optimistic at that meeting and voted 4-1 to approve the Ordinance (2581) on first reading, which moved the project to a state review. In November of 2017, the state approved the Signature H New Errol plan and moved it back to the City for final approval.But before the City Council vote in August, there was significant skepticism and hard questions asked of Signature H. New Errol is a must …and will be a much-needed UPGRADE to the ‘old Errol’…..as it is way overdue….since the outgoing mayor never built the promised City Park on part of the old golf course……the planned new trails and areas will be a welcome event…..let the building begin. Reply Please enter your name here March 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm 4 COMMENTS March 22, 2018 at 12:06 pm d Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSErrol EstateSignature H Property GroupThe New Errol project Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleCity Commission Runoff Election: Seat #2 still very much in play Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Marilyn Martin “For us the responsibility here is… I kind of feel like I’m the father whose daughter’s heart has been won and now we have to have “the talk”,” said Commissioner Doug Bankson at the August meeting. “It is our responsibility to be skeptical. Are there any holes? Because this is a big issue… this is tremendous. Anyone who sees this would want this to come to Apopka. We would love to work together on this. But the big question is can you produce?”Commissioner Kyle Becker also displayed a significant amount of doubts toward Signature H. He was also the lone dissenting vote.“If this were an emotional response, I would be in favor of it. The idea, the concept, the plan… I say great. My challenge is there is no history of performance and no history of facilitating talented teams like they say they need for this project to succeed. They’re entering a business that in their own language is a dying business. So you add risk on top of the fact they have no history with these projects. There is no disclosure of who the investors are or how much the property is worth. They have no plan for who will run these assets when they are actually in play, and the value of the property is speculative based on future land use. With all that said I just don’t have a level of confidence.”Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer was pleased by the research done by the commissioners and expressed an interest to move forward.“I think all of the elected officials on this Council have done their homework, and I think all of the questions asked are valid questions. I think the process that we’re going through is about finding safeguards and we’ve got three more cracks at this to get it right before they are allowed to proceed.”Tuesday night at 5:30 PM will be that next crack for the City Council at the VFW/Apopka Community Center, located at 519 South Central Avenue in Apopka. March 22, 2018 at 11:22 pm You go, girl! Sooo proud of your ‘un-intended’ speech Tuesday night! I think your thoughts were shared by MANY!.. Let me say this clearly. If any city Council person votes against the new Errol project, they will not get my vote next election! This is taking no money from the city and will only benefit the city with increased revenues. Barbara McLeod New Errol The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Nice article! Next up, City Council on 3/27! While we’re thrilled with the unanimous vote, we want to be sure everyone is very clear on the answers to some of the questions asked and comments brought up:If you’re interested in seeing the entire hearing, here’s a video: https://www.facebook.com/NewErrolApopka/videos/429774267470096/(0:36:20) GAI Planner Blake Drury, explains that the City instructed the developer to remove the golf course from the PUD, during a DRC meeting last month. The zoning on the course was not changing, so did not need to be in PUD. (1:55:18) Land Use Attorney Jonathan Huels dispels the suggestion that the golf course is ‘out of the project’ and ‘there are no obligation for it to be developed’. He explains it is simply not true and there is strict language in the developer agreement that requires the golf course to be built. (1:59:17) Jonathan Huels explains the spine road is broken into two phases. The first segment is required to be completed and dedicated before any residential CO can be issued. The second segment is required to be nearly completed, but designated for construction equipment until it’s dedicated as a public road. (2:11:39) Planning Commission motions and unanimously votes for APPROVAL. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

A Look at the Potential Foreclosure Wave of 2021

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Webcasts Share Save Home / Daily Dose / A Look at the Potential Foreclosure Wave of 2021 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago January 20, 2021 2,180 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb 2021-01-20 Christina Hughes Babb The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: HUD Proposes New Home Inspections Rule Next: Natural Disaster Risk at Center of New FHFA RFI Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago A Look at the Potential Foreclosure Wave of 2021 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago This week, DS5 Inside the Industry featured an interview with Rick Sharga, EVP at RealtyTrac, a foreclosure data company, where he is responsible for developing and executing a strategic marketing plan to optimize growth and drive business development.Sharga discusses the potential 2021 foreclosure wave. He points out that the current recession is atypical.”I don’t believe there is much chance at all that we will see the foreclosure volume that we saw during the Great Recession,” he tells DS News.”The forbearance programs are going to last until at least March 2021, so we have time to figure some things out.”View the following video for his detailed explanation plus more highlights from the week’s news. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

Namibia, Botswana joining forces in effort to develop 5,000MW of solar generation

first_imgNamibia, Botswana joining forces in effort to develop 5,000MW of solar generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Botswana and Namibia are set to sign an agreement to develop solar projects of as much as 5,000 megawatts through installations built across their mostly flat, sunny landscapes.The southern African nations are working with U.S. government initiative, Power Africa, to help structure the deal, Namibian Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo said in an interview on Friday. The electricity will mainly be exported across the region.“The agreement to be signed will facilitate a full feasibility study that will determine the size and the location of the plants,” he said.The ambitious plans signal a shift for both nations that import power from South Africa’s Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. The largest utility on the continent is struggling financially and operationally to meet demand. Adding 5,000 megawatts of renewable capacity would also further diversify the energy mix of the region, as Eskom mainly burns coal.Botswana and Namibia have massive solar potential but have yet to realize large-scale renewable projects. South Africa had one of the fastest-growing renewable energy programs in the world, before government delays paralyzed the effort.Power Africa, along with governments, the private sector and donors has helped bring more than 11,000 megawatts of generation capacity to financial close since 2013, according to its website. USAID, which coordinates the program, didn’t immediately reply to emailed questions.[Mbongeni Mguni and Kaula Nhongo]More: Botswana, Namibia set to sign 5-gigawatt solar energy planlast_img read more

DeVolder, Hogge crowned at Bakersfield, Jernagan takes Speedweek SportMod title

first_imgFifty-three IMCA Modifieds were complemented by 30 Northern SportMods in the finale. Curran ended the night in second with Jason Bannister grabbing third. Jim Pettit II and Jerry Flippo completed the top five.  The final night of the California IMCA Speedweek saw Shane DeVolder win the IMCA Modified feature at Bakersfield Speedway, earning $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. (Photos by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) Almost perfect, Garrett Jernagan raced to his fifth Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod win in six California IMCA Speedweek starts at Bakersfield Speedway. Jernagan clinched the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod crown with his fifth $750 victory of the week.  By Stephanie Deatherage Feature Resultscenter_img BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Aug. 15) – Shane DeVolder won the battle, Bobby Hogge IV won the war and Garrett Jernagan won both on the final night of California IMCA Speedweek presented by Hoppes Motorsports.  Modifieds – 1. Shane DeVolder; 2. Bobby Hogge; 3. Ryan Daves; 4. Jim Pettit II; 5. Jerry Flippo; 6. Cody Burke; 7. Alyssa Smith; 8. Kellen Chadwick; 9. Clint Reichenbach; 10. Troy Foulger; 11. Ethan Dotson; 12. Tom Smith; 13. Gary Dutton; 14. Trevor Fitz-Gibbon; 15. Troy Morris III; 16. Kyle Heckman; 17. Gavyn Manning; 18. Jake Mayden; 19. Tim Yaeger; 20. Paul Stone. DeVolder won the IMCA Modified feature at Bakersfield Speedway, earning $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth, while runner-up Hogge took the overall Modified tour title.  DeVolder regained the lead from Alyssa Smith before a long green flag run got him into lapped traffic. Three cautions slowed the final 10 circuits but neither Hogge or Ryan Daves had anything for the leader and finished in that order behind him.  Brent Curran set the tone early in a SportMod feature slowed by yellows, nailing each restart and checked out on the rest of the pack. Jernagan finally navigated his way into the lead following a lap 11 restart, holding off all challengers as the race ended green, white, checkered.  SportMods – 1. Garrett Jernagan; 2. Brent Curran; 3. Jason Bannister; 4. Brock Crawford; 5. Tanner Thomas; 6. Dylan Potter; 7. James Cecil; 8. Jon McKinley; 9. Matt Mayo; 10. Chase Thomas; 11. Nathan Rolfe; 12. Chuck Weir; 13. Brandon Jennings; 14. Jarrod Mounce; 15. Austin Manzella; 16. Nick Spainhoward; 17. Todd Gomez; 18. Brylon Holder; 19. Markus Frazier; 20. Brian Baker.last_img read more