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Monday, April 19, 2021

New retail plaza will be constructed in Villages of Southern Oaks

Another retail plaza is on the drawing boards for the Villages of Southern Oaks along Warm Springs Avenue.

At a meeting Tuesday of the Wildwood Planning and Zoning Board, Special Magistrate Grant Watson recommended approval of a comprehensive plan. The city commission likely will consider those recommendations later this month.

The retail center, owned by 468 Properties and developed by Sandspur Construction Co., will be down the road from the Publix grocery store that opened recently at Magnolia Plaza. Zoning would be changed from agriculture to South Wildwood Mixed Use on the 2.3 acres recently annexed from the county.

A New Retail Center On Bigham Trail In Villages Of Southern Oaks
A new retail center is planned for Bigham Trail in the Villages of Southern Oaks.

Medical buildings are planned on adjacent property east and west of the plaza.

Watson asked Roxann Read, Wildwood assistant development services director, if the retail center would have a traffic impact on Bigham Trail.

“There may be some impact on Bigham Trail and it’s currently on the inspection list,” she said, adding that turn lanes may be needed.

The 10,350-square-foot retail plaza is expected to generate about 100 trips per hour during the afternoon peak period, according to a report prepared by Read.

Access to the plaza has not been determined and a detailed traffic analysis will be required when the site plan is considered.

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

A proposed plan floated by Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold could end The Villages Public Safety Department’s response to medical calls in The Villages.

Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

A pizzeria has opened a new location at Trailwinds Village with a second location planned in The Villages area. The restaurant chain traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy.

Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

The Community Standards Department in The Villages is entirely complaint driven and counts on residents to report violations.

Proposal could end firefighters’ response to medical calls in The Villages

A proposed plan floated by Sumter County Administrator Bradley Arnold could end The Villages Public Safety Department’s response to medical calls in The Villages.

Newly opened pizzeria traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy

A pizzeria has opened a new location at Trailwinds Village with a second location planned in The Villages area. The restaurant chain traces its roots back to Sulmona, Italy.

Community Standards counts on residents to report violations in The Villages

The Community Standards Department in The Villages is entirely complaint driven and counts on residents to report violations.

Villager facing charge of restroom peeping loses round in court

A Village of Chitty Chatty man accused of peeping in a public restroom lost a round last week in Sumter County Court.

Opening date announced for barbecue restaurant at Magnolia Plaza 

An opening date has been announced for a new barbecue restaurant coming to Magnolia Plaza in The Villages.

Convicted sexual predator takes up residence in Village of Alhambra

A convicted sexual predator has taken up permanent residence in the Village of Alhambra.

Greta Thunberg will testify in Congress on Earth Day

In a Letter to the Editor, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Chapter-The Villages expresses excitement about Greta Thunberg’s upcoming testimony before Congress.

Upgrade our infrastructure and protect the environment

A reader from Wisconsin, in a Letter to the Editor, offers praise for President Biden’s plan to upgrade our infrastructure while looking out for the environment.

Does Congressman Webster not know the facts or is he knowingly giving misinformation?

A Village of Belvedere resident chimes in on a previous letter writer’s comments on Congressman Daniel Webster and military spending in the United States.