Apopka is Growing… Great Article from CFN13

CFN 13 Posted at great article about Apopka’s growth:

Apopka could nearly double in size in the next couple of decades thanks to the building of the Wekiva Parkway, which will connect several major highways across Central Florida together. But the leaders of Orange County’s second largest city said they can’t wait any longer to map out a plan for how the city will grow. In fact, the growth has already begun.

Ivan Pezzoli lives in Windermere, but chose Apopka as the place to expand his bakery business. He said it is the perfect location for his new manufacturing warehouse, which will begin shipping gluten-free cheese rolls for his company Be-Bread all over the country in July.

“We had the expansion of the 429 for example and other new roads. This helps to optimize all the logistics when you have to get all of your raw materials, and when you have to supply your finished goods,” said Pezzoli.

The Wekiva Parkway will connect State Road 417 in Sanford to State Road 429 in Apopka, completing a beltway around Central Florida, and making it much easier for people to make their way to and from the city.

Apopka leaders said the new highway improvements will allow the city to grow.

“Now we have to imagine that future. Where are we going to attract businesses from? What are the businesses going to be? Some say it could be in eco-tourism. Others say it could be in the idea of logistics and manufacturing because we have the Wekiva Parkway coming through,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer.

After considering six different consultant firms, on Wednesday Apopka city leaders voted unanimously to pick the Ft. Lauderdale firm Keith and Schnars to map out its future. The city has budgeted up to $125,000 to pay the consultant firm to develop a comprehensive vision and image for the city. City leaders said they want the firm to seek input from people from all parts of Apopka.

“To engage Apopka residents in thinking about what they want to see the community look like over the next 10, 20 or 30 years. And forge a consensus so everybody is on the same page,” said Kilsheimer.
City leaders will now negotiate with the consultant firm on the exact terms of their contract, and instruct the firm on exactly how they would like the city’s growth plan study to be executed.

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