Testa Architectural Plans Approved on Royal Poinciana
The re-development plan for the historic Testa building on Royal Poinciana Way has been a hot and highly debated topic for residents and council members alike. Back in May, the Town Council approved of the 120,525 square-foot structural plan in a 3-2 vote. However, shortly after the Testa Architectural Plans were approved by a majority of the council, the two council members who were opposed (Penny Townsend and Robert Wildrick) and some local residents raised concerns.
The original plan was to elevate the already standing building so that there would be a restaurant and shops on the ground level and condominiums on the second level. Parking for the building was set to be in an underground parking garage.
Unfortunately for the architects who have designed the re-development plan of the Testa structure, the parking situation is not exactly up to par. The current plan for the parking garage does not meet the requirements for the zoning code as far as number of parking spaces is concerned. The plan actually falls about 54 parking spaces short of the requirement.
As the heated debate continues on whether or not the Testa structure should be granted an acceptation to the code, other small strides are being made in the development of the re-development. Although the following ideas still need final approval from the Architectural Commission, a tentative plan has been set for:
A color pallet, a style of windows, and stone bricks to construct the building. Also, landscaping, lighting at entrances, and potted plants on the sidewalks.
The re-development plan for the Testa structure has come a long way, but still has a long journey ahead. Preservation and revitalization of this historical building are an upmost priority of the Town Council but, so is meeting zoning code requirements. Any real progress, such as final approval and actual construction, cannot be made until the Council comes to an agreement.
Until then, the plans will stay simply just that—plans.