Ocoee residents fighting developer's plans again

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OCOEE, Fla. - Some Ocoee residents are trying to win a fight against a developer who is once again trying to move into their neighborhood.

The property sits on Maguire Road not far from Old Winter Garden Road.

Channel 9's Racquel Asa spoke to residents who said they're worried they won't win this time around.

The 14 acres on Maguire Road won't stay empty for long. But area residents, like David Fishpool of the Brookestone subdivision, are a bit frustrated because they've been through this once before.

In October plans to develop the land were denied by the Ocoee City Commission. Renderings Channel 9 obtained from the city's planning department show nearly 250 luxury apartments and retail.

But now the Ocoee Commission has new members. A commissioner who voted against the project before is no longer in office.

"We are against the apartments. If (the developer) puts three-story apartments in there it would completely out-do the balance of this road," said Fishpool.

But, if the land isn't changed to allow apartments, the way the property is now zoned would mean just about any type of business can move in.

A list of approved businesses under current zoning includes bars, used car sales, and even adult entertainment with special approval.

The developer said he plans to address residents' concerns.

He didn't say how he would do that. He plans to make a full presentation later this month before the city officials.

He said the $30 million project will pump $3 million Ocoee.

"I think he just wants to do it his way, or no way," said Fishpool.