How can the Palm Beach County Commission approve the expansion request by Minto West when everything in the plan is not compatible with the surrounding area?
The “new” plan by most builders is to have a complete city in their development. However, these plans do not work, and they do not generate 3,000 jobs as Minto says they will. Just ask Abacoa how many jobs they generated.
The Minto West project is in the middle of horse country with homes of 1.25 acres or more. We have dirt roads and limited access to major highways. This is country! Horses, goats, chickens and children who can grow up in a quiet neighborhood. How can you approve a city in the middle of the country with limited roads to access the area? The Minto West property is not on a major road, it is in the middle of horse country!
Minto bought the property knowing that they were restricted to 2,997 homes and 253,000 square feet of retail space. That alone is bad enough, but to turn around as soon as they buy the land and ask for 6,500 homes, a college, a stadium, a hotel and 1.5 million square feet of commercial space is ridiculous. So, they come back with 4,500 homes (of which 800 are townhomes) and 2.1 million square feet of commercial space. This not compatible with this area.
There is a reason that the retail space is supposed to be limited. We are in the country, and the Mall at Wellington Green is right down the street. There is a reason that we don’t need a college, because a state college is being built next door on Southern Blvd., a major thoroughfare.
I know our roads will need to be expanded, but if the Minto proposal goes through, the roads will have to be doubled in size. Who in their right mind is going to stay in a hotel that is not even close to any business or attraction? Who is crazy enough to build a 150-room hotel in the country? They are not, unless you change it to a city, which is not in the master plan.
What private college is going to build a 3,000-student campus when there is a state college a few miles away? They are not. Why would anybody start a business in the middle of the country when there are so many other businesses on major roads close by? Who wants an office away from government and commerce, and have to travel several miles out into the country to get to work on roads that will be slow and congested?
Stop this madness before it gets started. Please!
LaVant Morell, The Acreage