Villager’s expired ARC approval for garage expansion sets stage for next battle

A Villager whose garage expansion project didn’t get finished on schedule is going back before the Architectural Review Committee to ask for more time.

Martin Eisner is expanding the garage at his home at 2370 Five Forks Trail in the Village of Tall Trees. But his contractor did not finish the job before the time limit set by the ARC expired.

The expansion project has infuriated residents who say they don’t want the behemoth in their neighborhood.

Martin Eisner’s garage extension in the Village of Tall Trees.

Eisner’s request for more time will be heard when the ARC meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the District Office at Lake Sumter Landing.

Eisner’s neighbors lost a round this past Friday when they spoke out on Eisner’s garage expansion before the Community Development District 6 Board of Supervisors meeting. Eisner’s attorney sought a continuance two days before Friday’s regular monthly meeting was gaveled into session. Eisner’s neighbors filled the meeting room, but Eisner and his attorney were no-shows. After a great deal of discussion, CDD 6 supervisors reluctantly granted the continuance.

The work taking place at the home prompted 50 residents of the neighborhood to show up at the April 3 meeting of the ARC. The group, wearing bright green CARE (Citizens Against Reckless Expansion) lapel buttons wanted to express their dissatisfaction with the ARC’s approval of the project.

An overview of Martin Eisner’s garage addition

It appears that Eisner is not living at his Village of Tall Trees home where the garage is being expanded. The property tax bill for that home is mailed to another home Eisner owns on Jebber Loop in the Village of Hemingway. He also owns a third home in The Villages.

When originally proposed last year, Eisner’s garage addition was denied by the ARC because it was determined that the aesthetics were not harmonious with the neighborhood. A subsequent application from Eisner was approved by the ARC.