Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rethink the Princeton to appeal City Council's decision on College Park development

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 5:48 PM


We'll have more on this later, but for now: Community organization Rethink the Princeton, which formed to oppose the scope of a development project proposed for College Park that would put a 200+ unit apartment complex into an already congested area in the neighborhood, announced tonight that it plans to appeal the Orlando City Council's Nov. 3 decision to approve the developer's project. The group's announcement is below:

Rethink the Princeton has retained Ralf Brookes, a community and environmental defense attorney to appeal the City Council’s Nov. 3rd decision regarding The Princeton at College Park.  Mr. Brookes is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law.  Mr. Brookes' contact information and resume are attached to this press release.

Rethink the Princeton is “In It to Win It,” and with that goal in mind, our attorney has filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to quash and remand thedecision of the City of Orlando made on November 3, 2014.  In addition the group has filed a statutory action challenging a rezoning development order that is not consistent with a duly-adopted Comprehensive Plan as required by law.

For months the Rethink the Princeton (RTP) sought compromise and an equitable solution from the developer and city officials. They do not want this to be a smart growth disaster as has occurred in other cities who jumped on the “new urban” bandwagon.  RTP asked for a reduced footprint giving the community more green space. The island is the heart of College Park and residents feel it deserves a true mixed use development that includes concentrated areas of community serving office, residential, recreational and cultural facilities.

The community turned out for three City Council meetings.  Residents spoke out in overwhelming opposition to the project as proposed.  RTP gathered over 1,000 signatures from residents of 32804 on a petition protesting The Princeton at College Park.  In addition, residents wrote to city officials and called our representatives asking for a rethinking of the project and compromise.  Ultimately, the community voices were ignored and the City Council adopted ordinances that approved the development as presented with no substantial changes to the original design. The community feels it exhausted all alternatives before deciding to appeal the City Council’s decision.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation