Letter: Minto Project Will Be Bad For The Area

Editor’s note: The following letter is in reply to article “ITID Board Hears Minto Plans For Former Callery-Judge Land” published last week.

Three years ago my husband and I decided to move from Wisconsin to Florida. After accepting a position in West Palm Beach, our search was on for a home. Our real estate agent informed us about the various communities, and we opted to look within the Acreage/Loxahatchee area.

The choice of driving a distance for shopping and to work was our decision. After living in a city all our lives with continuous noise and traffic, we jumped at the chance to live in an area where one can experience the quietness of a country setting, gaze at the stars and see horses galloping down a road or canal.

A couple of months ago, I received a postcard in the mail from Minto indicating their proposed development. Going to their web site, www.mintoinfo.com, I wanted to see where this development would be and how it would look. As of today, I could not find any links to any conceptual plans, nor did it indicate they are proposing 6,700 homes in an area originally approved for 2,996. Nor did I find the increase for non-residential area going from 235,000 square feet to 1.4 million square feet.

During the December meeting, Minto displayed their conceptual plan with their representative Donaldson Hearing indicating they are being transparent with their plans. Transparent? Why, yes, they are. They are so transparent you cannot see their conceptual plan on their web site. How are the residents who live close to, and travel the route along Seminole Pratt, between Sycamore Drive and 60th Street, to know the 1.4 million non-residential space will become a driver’s nightmare with school, business and increased residential traffic?

If this increased usage gets approved, Acreage/Loxahatchee residents can say goodbye to the quietness, gazing at the stars or riding their horses. Please do not let this happen. Get involved.

Tracy Grudzielanek, The Acreage