May 24, 2009
If the Trust for Public Land is successful in purchasing the site of the former Georgetown Apartments from Bank of America ("Nonprofit group to submit bid for Georgetown property," May 15), half of the property (roughly 80 acres) is to be funded by Hillsborough County and preserved as open space. The Trust for Public Land's partner in this endeavor is DeBartolo Development, which will redevelop the other half as housing. My concern is that the open spaces will be primarily accessible to the residents of this housing. Because the county is paying for the open space, I think it should be developed as a county park with vehicular access from West Shore Boulevard. If it is left as an undeveloped preserve it will benefit no one but the adjacent homeowners who will then have country living in a South Tampa neighborhood. BOB KENISON
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