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Floyd Road Rezoning Meeting Takes Place Tonight

A Walmart and Wawa gas station/store are proposed for northwest corner of Floyd Road.

A controversial rezoning case goes before the Hillsborough County Zoning Hearing Master tonight at 6 p.m.

Developers want to build a Walmart neighborhood grocery store and a Wawa convenience store on the northwest corner of Floyd Road. A resident-led group called 813CARe has been protesting the development for the past several months.

Opponents say the development isn't needed and will add to traffic and congestion in the area.

"Why do we need another Walmart on Dale Mabry," asked Patch reader Kathryn Barrnett in a previous story on the issue. "We already have at least three."

That question will be addressed tonight, Oct. 15, by the county's zoning hearing master, who will then send recommendations to the Hillsborough County Commission. The commission has the final say.

The area is now zoned for light commercial office space, said Steve Valdez, Hillsborough County spokesman. Developers need a heavy commercial zoning to build the stores on the site.

The matter will likely go before the county commission in December, Valdez said.

Want To Go:

What: Floyd Road Zoning Hearing Master Meeting

When: Monday, Oct. 15 6 p.m.

Where: Second Floor Board Room,  601 E. Kennedy Blvd.

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