Residents concerned about homes, traffic as Winter Park development surges

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WINTER PARK, Fla. —

One section of Winter Park that's already under construction is about to get even busier in the vicinity of Fairbanks Avenue and Lee Road.

Those who have driven along US-17/92 in Winter Park have probably noticed all of the construction, but more projects continue to spring up along the mile stretch of road between Fairbanks and Lee.

Channel 9's Anthony DiLorenzo spent Wednesday touring the new lakeside development and is looking into how the increased business will affect traffic.

Resident who have lived along Lake Killarney told Channel 9 they aren't thrilled about the new development.

A condo complex that has sat along the lake since the 1960s are in close proximity to the development, which is set to bring in Trader Joe's, Shake Shack and other businesses.

But what Carole Sawyer and Bee Epley don't want is to be pushed out for further expansion along US-17/92.

"We have a unique place here on the lake, and we love it," said Epley.

But the two have been propositioned by the developer and showed Channel 9 letters from Unicorp that states they want to buy their homes.

"Where would we go?" said Sawyer.

The two also want to know where all of the traffic will go once more people are coming in.

In order to deal with a probable influx in traffic, there's an ongoing study to look at the impacts of extending Lee Road east to Dinning Drive.

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, 30,000 cars pass through the mile stretch between daily, and development is booming along that corridor.

There's a proposed Whole Foods and across the street, 300 new apartments, 55 townhouses and restaurants are being built.

Developer Dan Bellows told Channel 9 traffic should not be greatly impacted, but Sawyer isn’t so sure of that.

"It's going to be pretty much a nightmare," she said.  

The city of Winter Park has a consultant studying traffic right now and how best to move forward with the possible expansion of Lee Road.