TAVARES — A tentative agreement was reached Thursday when representatives from the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Woodlands Church Lake and Prestige Concrete met in Tampa to resolve a land-use dispute regarding a concrete block plant recently constructed near the corner of U.S. Highway 27 and Independence Boulevard.
The tentative agreement, which the Board of County Commissioners will consider at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, requires relocation of the plant to another site within 18 months. [UPDATE: The Board of County Commissioners will consider the agreement the first week of October.] During the 18-month period, the plant will be subjected to restricted operating hours, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
In addition, the tentative agreement requires the County to assist with the plant’s relocation, possibly within the nearby Christopher C. Ford Commerce Park. According to officials, the relocation would be subject to the approval of the architectural review board for the park, a subcommittee of the Lake County Industrial Development Authority. The tentative agreement also calls for the County to purchase the existing plant site for the appraised value. An appraisal for the site has not yet been conducted.
“The County intends to sell the site for a use that meets both the Lake County Comprehensive Plan and the Board’s desire for increased economic development,” said County Manager Cindy Hall.