Controversy brewing over Winter Park hotel

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WINTER PARK, Fla. —

A new hotel in Winter Park is at the center of controversy.

The six-story Alfond Inn in downtown Winter Park isn't finished yet, but neighbors nearby said they are concerned about the effects it could cause on traffic in the area.

The city of Winter Park and Rollins College asked for and just received a 35-page report that examines the problems the new hotel could bring.

The study found neighbors voiced concerns about traffic tie-ups on New England Avenue.

"I mean, it's kind of outrageous, but it's a really nice neighborhood and Rollins has a lot of money and they want to make their alumni and all the people feel good," said neighbor Mac Swift.

"I think it could bring other issues. Some of which could be positive and some of which could be negative," said neighbor Hannah Wooten.

The study, which was conducted by an outside firm, examined how increased traffic might affect residents who live on Alexander Place -- a street with just 10 homes.

"I do think it's smart to be thorough when researching things, even if it's something as minute as traffic," said neighbor Emily Prusnek.

The first recommendation is for Winter Park to wait for the hotel to open to determine the extent of the traffic problem. It also said the hotel should make a minor modification to the valet entrance.

A neighbor told WFTV, the section of New England Avenue in front of the hotel will be turned into cobblestone, so people drive slower.

WFTV asked how much the study cost, but didn't get an answer.

Rollins College and city leaders will meet next month to discuss the study.

The hotel is slated to open next summer.