CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral homeowner says office buildings do not belong in his backyard.
A landowner wants to re-zone more than four acres on Surfside Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Parkway, to make way for professional buildings.
The piece of property is currently zoned for residential or for single family homes.
Bill Indelli bought a piece of paradise on SW 24th Ave, near the Surfside Shops with his future in mind. "We love our property, we bought it a little over a year ago," he said.
He lives in Chicago, and one day hopes to settle down in his Florida dream home, but he never anticipated offices next door. "It's not what we thought we were getting into," he said.
The proposal says rezoning the almost 5 acres of land will bring the property into compliance with future land use which, it says, is commercial/professional.
It also suggests filling in a portion of the canal by Indelli's house. According to documents, this same request came up in 2011, but the city denied it, based on concerns of traffic safety and access issues: the very same issues that concern Indelli today.
"I'm certainly not happy about it. It's a situation of growth. I can see both sides of it, I just happen to be probably the only property right next to it," he said.
Some neighbors are upset they didn't hear about the potential changes until we told them. "I am curious and I would like to know, I dont know my rights but I think I should be informed of any decision city councils going to make before they make it," said Cape Coral resident John Matrisciano.
WINK News asked the landowner's attorney for comment but she declined an on camera interview.
UPDATE: City Council sides with landowner, approves zoning change from residential/single family homes to professional office.