Neighbors in Dr. Phillips protest Trader Joe's

Project gets approved by Orange County despite traffic concerns

Published On: Jan 28 2014 02:38:09 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 29 2014 12:14:28 AM EST

Despite a big protest from neighbors, Orange County commissioners approved plans for a new shopping center in Dr. Phillips.

Dozens of people who live nearby the proposed center spoke to commissioners Tuesday, urging them to vote against plans to rezone the property on Sand Lake Road near Sand Point Boulevard.

The plaza would include a Trader Joe's supermarket, but many are upset saying it will bring too much congestion and traffic to the area.

Not everyone is opposed to the project. Developer Chuck Whittall told Local 6 that more than 1,200 have signed a petition in support of the county allowing the store to be built, compared with 200 who are against it.

Now that the rezoning is approved, construction could begin in the next few months.