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Future of Lake Wellington development up for discussion Wednesday night

Posted at 11:38 AM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 04:26:46-05

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Wellington residents can weigh in Wednesday night on a plan to build a Village Town Center around a signature lake.

Village leaders will hold a public input meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Village Park Gymnasium, located at 11700 Pierson Road.

Residents can learn more about plans along the southern shore of Lake Wellington, near the Village's Community Center.

The idea is to build a Village Town Center, possibly with a boardwalk, green market, food trucks, and shopping.

The Village said it has $1 million allocated for this project, which is likely to cost much more than that.

"It is a blank slate, and as far as the waterfront property the village owns, we could do anything," Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig told WPTV earlier this week.

But this project also involves possibly tearing down the Lake Wellington Professional Centre and putting more than 150 businesses on the curb, including the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

"I think the chamber got very involved quickly," said Roxanne Stein, President of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, back in December. "We realized they were going to take down the very building we're sitting in."

Mayor Gerwig previously told WPTV she would like to see something that does give Wellington a town square, but she's not willing to jump into too much development.

"I do like the idea of a large gathering spot for the public,” Mayor Gerwig told WPTV in December.