140-home development planned on Seminole Wekiva Trail



SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Bikers and joggers, along the popular Seminole Wekiva Trail could soon have dozens of homes, instead of their scenic view.

A developer plans to build 140 homes on Lake Mary Boulevard by next fall.

Brenda Olson puts in more than 100 miles a week on her bike and uses the Seminole Wekiva Trail along a pasture to do it.

She said she's grown to appreciate the wildlife she sees on the trail.

When she learned a developer would soon be building homes on her serene path she was disappointed.

"I hope they keep it like this," Olson said.

Developer Taylor Morrison bought more than 100 acres of property on Lake Mary Boulevard.

Among the shops, eateries and other homes it's one of a few areas left untouched. About 140 homes would replace much of the pasture by next fall.

However, even though people said they're sad to see it go, others said they'd consider moving into one of the homes.

Eyewitness News asked executives if they plan to preserve the greenery Olson loves. They said they've planned their development around the wetlands to preserve as much as possible.

"If they have to come in, do a good job of keeping things the way they are, the best they can," Olson said.