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One of the main concerns raised was the traffic impact this project would have on Orange Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood roads. The Paper’s source said the developer’s traffic study es- timates the project would create additional 1,800 to 1,900 trips per day. The city will not install a light at the intersection of NE Ivanhoe and Orange Avenue because it is too close to the intersection of Orange Avenue and Virginia Drive. Commissioner Stuart expressed more concerned about the sight lines of drivers attempting to turn onto Orange Avenue than the additional traffic volume. Another concern raised by residents at the meet- ing was the density and height bonus. Can Ivanhoe absorb that many more people? And with Ivanhoe known as an artsy enclave, the design of the building was called into question. The source the Paper spoke with acknowledged that The Yard, another multi-use development coming to Ivanhoe Village, gave a nod to the area by incorporating some industrial elements in its design. “Rather than a box design, how about design something with character?” asked the source rhetorically. Reviewing the comments section on the Change.org petition yields similar concerns. One person wrote, “ The developers in this case have failed to make a compelling case for the code variations they are request- ing. Moreover, the structure they are proposing is hideously commercial and completely unsuited to the overall character of the neighborhood.” Another signer of the petition wrote, “ This area in the antique district is very special, let’s not destroy it! The allowed 181 units will be a burden on this area as it is, any variance to allow additional units would be the wrong thing for this area!” The College Park Paper reached out to Alliance Residential but was told they did not have anyone available to discuss the project. The live/work residential units on the first floor of the project are an interesting part of the development. Commissioner Stuart described them as spaces that an attorney or doctor might use. Essentially, each unit space is literally part office and part residence. Stuart said they are an element of urban development and can be seen in Baldwin Park. They also earn Alliance another credit toward a bonus. City staff approved the project, and it went before the Orlando Municipal Planning Board Tuesday, March 21. The MPB did not approve the density bonus and asked Alliance to meet with the commu- nity again. The design of the building was ques- tioned as well as whether it provides a true public benefit such as retail on the ground floor. James Johnston, an attorney with Shutts & Bowen who is representing the project, has announced that a neighborhood workshop will be held — March 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Marks Street Center — to discuss the project with neighboring property owners and other interested parties. The MPB will meet April 18 to discuss the project again. Commissioner Stuart said he cannot negotiate on behalf of the neighborhood. “My job is to educate the people on the process.” Stuart also said that the power is in the neighborhood, and he encouraged citizens to attend the MPB to be heard. laKE HOUSE Continued from Cover Keiron Partners offers free document shredding Every year Keiron Partners invites the community to a shredding party after tax time. Facilitated by a licensed shredding company, this year’s event will take place Saturday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Keiron’s parking lot at 720 Rugby Street in College Park. There is no cost to participate. Monarch Learning Academy held an official groundbreaking ceremony at Church on the Drive on February 15. “A groundbreaking?” you might ask yourself, “I thought Monarch was moving into Church on the Drive.” Monarch will be using many of the existing classrooms in the building, but the rooms need to be brought up to educational code. Director Marguerite McNeil of Monarch Learning Academy told the College Park Paper that, in addition to working on the existing rooms, Monarch is adding five new classrooms, a large collaborative learning classroom and a student library as well as an office/administration area. McNeil said, “All the bathrooms as well as other areas will be renovated to meet ADA compliance.” Finally, Monarch is renovating a courtyard area to create an outdoor space for its preschool students that can also used as an outdoor classroom for the older students. McNeil expects the work to be complete by the end of July, in time for next school year’s start date August 21. Monarch Learning Academy holds groundbreaking at Church on the Drive By David Karch Courtesy photo Monarch Academy has begun construction at its new location at Church on the Drive and will be open for the 2017–2018 school year.