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Villager warns massive apartment complex will add to traffic burden

A Villager well known for his one-man war on speeders is warning that a massive new apartment complex will worsen an already bad situation.

Villager Carl Kusky has complained for years about cut-through traffic on the street in front of his home on Chula Vista Avenue. Drivers travel down Chula Vista Avenue from the La Zamora Gate on County Road 466 to the Spanish Springs area, avoiding Rolling Acres Road and Morse Boulevard.

He fears that a new 300-unit and associated development at the intersection of County Road 466 and Cherry Lake Road will bring even more headaches.

The 300 apartment units are being constructed a stone’s throw from The Villages.

“With the apartment complex coming at County Road 466 and County Road 100 (Cherry Lake Road), the traffic situation on Chula Vista Avenue will only get worse. Now is time for Lady Lake Town Council to take a strong stance and make a very proactive effort to tame traffic on Chula Vista Avenue,” said Kusky.

The retired military officer at times has resorted to arming himself with a radar gun to try slow down speeders and for a time had his own traffic control device.

He offers some ideas about controlling traffic on Chula Vista Avenue.

Villager Carl Kusky uses a radar gun to clock traffic on Chula Vista Avenue.

“First, and foremost the posted speed limit must be reduced to 20 miles per hour as it is in Sumter and Marion counties’ areas of The Villages,” Kusky said.

He also believes four-way stops with speed humps should be installed at Palermo Place and Ventura Drive.

“A speed indicating sign, similar to the one on the northbound lane of Chula Vist Avenue, should be installed near the center of the south bound lane of Chula Vista Avenue,” he said.

Kusky adds that with these traffic control measures implemented, the Lady Lake Police Department must “vigorously and stringently enforce them.”

The new Section 8 apartments will located on the Sumter County side of Cherry Lake Road and are aimed primarily at young men and women working in The Villages.

The apartment complex will be situated at the corner of County Road 466 and Cherry Lake Road, in Sumter County.

The Town of Lady Lake will be running water lines to the apartments after The Villages refused to support the infrastructure. The town will be enjoying a considerable upcharge. However, the residents will not be residents of the town.

One bedroom units will run between $804 to $1,099 per month; two bedroom units will run between $956 and $1,169; three bedroom units will cost $1,097 to $1,369 per month; and four bedroom apartments will cost between $1,210 and $1,544.

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