RV Park's Demolition Plan Raises Residents' Ire

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May 7, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

This sign rests outside the Briarwood Travel Villa and RV Park in Largo, Fla.

Dozens of residents of the Briarwood Travel Villa and RV Park plan to stand in front of Largo City Hall in central Florida today (May 7) to protest a developer's proposal to build an apartment complex on the woodsy property they call home.

Landlord Steve McConihay, wants to turn Briarwood, a 138-space RV park near Largo Mall, into a 260-unit apartment complex, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

If he gets his way, park residents — many elderly, disabled and living on less than $1,000 a month — will be displaced, said Christine Allamanno, an affordable project staff attorney for Gulfcoast Legal Services.

"Our fear is that if the project moves forward as it is planned, we will have low-income, disabled people who will become homeless," she said.

Tonight, the Largo City Commission is scheduled to discuss a development agreement for McConihay's project — one step of several required before he can break ground. But if the City Commission approves the agreement, Gulfcoast will take legal action, said Allamanno.

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