Luxury apartments may be built across from Winter Park Village

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WINTER PARK, Fla. - The city of Winter Park could allow a major housing development across the street from the Winter Park Village.

The Residences at Winter Park Village would include hundreds of apartment units along U.S. 17-92. The project plans to bring a 346,000 square foot building with 206 units.

WFTV's Melonie Holt found out many people in the area feel the proposal beats the current alternative.

On one side of West Canton Avenue sits the vibrant Winter Park Village, and on the other side an empty lot.

But, a local developer wants to change that with the construction of a luxury apartment complex, the Residences at Winter Park Village.

"More housing? I don't see why not," said Winter Park resident John Jerman.

As far as the traffic impact, city staff said it should be less than what the old state DMV generated at this same location.

"I just hope it brings business to the area. I work at a restaurant just up the street. We're hurting," said resident Cheryl Forbing.

The residences would be a sizable project for the city, which recently approved the Winter Park Towers expansion, the Alfond Inn and the CNL office building.

Planning and zoning has already approved the land use change that would clear the way for hundreds of apartment units.

"It looks bad empty like that. They have to put something there," said Winter Park resident Fallis Armstrong.

Later this month, the city of Winter Park will hold a public hearing on the proposal. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 24.