Growth Plan Suit Forces Apartments To Come Down

The razing of a luxury apartment complex in Florida has heartened environmentalists in their aim to keep out a Wal-Mart, Hernando Today reports.
September 17, 2002, 1pm PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"A long court battle last week ended in the demolition of an already-built $3 million apartment complex in Martin County, Florida. Neighbors there had argued that the complex was not compatible with their homes, as required by Martin County's growth plan, and that the development hurt property values. Now that the apartments are going, an environmental group believes it may not be too late to stop a Wal-Mart in Spring Hill, Florida, even though construction on the store has already commenced. A leader of the group opposing the store said: "People have hesitated in giving us money. They think it's over and done with, that our efforts are wasted. I say it's not a lost cause." A county commissioner suggests that Wal-Mart may seek a legal opinion before continuing construction, but predicted that the store would go through because 'it was consistent with our comprehensive plan.'"

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Published on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 in High Country News
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