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Centex to Unveil Five New Floor Plans at Sullivan Ranch in Mount Dora

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ORLANDO - Pulte Homes, the nation’s largest homebuilder, announced that its Centex Homes brand will unveil five new floor plans this month at Sullivan Ranch, a gated community located on Round Lake Rd. east of U.S. 441 and south of SR 46 in Mount Dora. Sean Strickler, vice president of sales and marketing for the Pulte’s Central Florida Division, said the new three, four and five-bedroom floor plans range in size from 1,335 square feet of living space to 2,570 square feet. New single-family homes at Sullivan Ranch are priced from the $140s, Strickler said. Sullivan Ranch, spread over 300 acres of rolling hills and oak hammocks, offers a community clubhouse with swimming pool, jogging and walking trails, dog park and a large playground with interactive water feature.

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anonymous

Augusta, GA

#1 Mar 9, 2010
My wife and I moved into Sullivan Ranch a little over a year ago. I am sad to say that there is an awful stench in the air. When we inquired about the smell we were told that it was caused by a mushroom farm that's 4 miles away. This explanation made sense, that when the wind blew in the right direction that it would carry the smell over to Sullivan Ranch. However when the stench became an everyday occurrence, I knew that it wasn't being caused by the mushroom farm. With a little research I discovered a privately owned landfill that is just a mile away. The address of the landfill is: 3300 State Road 46 Mt Dora, FL 32757.

The physical landfill is further away from the road which makes it even closer to Sullivan Ranch.

The sales representatives never disclosed this to us. We should of done more research of the area before buying a house in Sullivan Ranch. DO NOT BUY A HOUSE HERE until they remove the landfill! Get the word out! If you don't buy, then the builder will be forced to work on closing the landfill!
Steve

San Antonio, TX

#3 Mar 13, 2010
This article can provide some of the answers. Local homeowners and HOA'S need to network on this issue and take appropriate action. If Chinese drywall is being dumped here it needs to be stopped.

Landfill to close in 2007

September 30, 2005|By Stephen Hudak, Sentinel Staff Writer
TAVARES -- A construction landfill will close two years ahead of schedule, though not soon enough for neighbors who assailed it as a foul and unsightly tower of trash.

"Obviously, we wish it were [closing] today," said Gene Bebber, president of the Sunset Pond Homeowners Association, which waged a decade-long fight to shut Robert and Shirley Grantham's construction-and-demolition landfill on State Road 46, east of U.S. Highway 441.

The landfill, originally a clay and sand pit, was supposed to be filled with drywall, concrete block and other building debris but is littered with rusting cars, boats and other junk.
It was slated to close Dec. 31, 2009, but will close no later than Oct. 1, 2007.

Lawyer Jimmy Crawford, representing the Granthams, persuaded Lake County commissioners to let the landfill grow to a height of 145 feet in exchange for the earlier closing.

County codes had limited its height to 133 feet.

The Granthams needed the county's permission to stack trash higher, though they had obtained a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection to do so.

"We do understand our neighbors want us out of there," Crawford said in his appeal to commissioners, who said their unanimous vote hinged on the earlier closing date.

Neighbors were opposed to a higher heap but were pleased the landfill will close sooner, ending the loud parade of trucks dragging and dumping debris into the old clay pit.

Some had appealed personally to commissioners, describing rank odors, unsightly views from their back yards, large rats and fears they would be unable to sell their homes.

The landfill began operating before most neighboring homes were built, but it expanded illegally and often failed to comply with state regulations, neighbor Bernie Yokel said.

Yokel was among a group of neighbors whose protests and legal challenges led to an agreement in 1996 that required the Granthams to dig and monitor wells for water contaminants.

But the agreement did not specifically restrict the landfill's height, which became an issue when the Granthams sought to raise the pile to 162 feet.

It was already higher than 133 feet.

A special master sided with neighbors and county officials who considered the higher mound to be an illegal expansion -- and directed Grantham to get the county's permission.

None of the neighbors appeared before commissioners Tuesday.

Bebber said some neighbors were disheartened earlier this month when the zoning board voted, 6-0, in favor of the landfill's request to raise the height of the heap to 145 feet.

"We felt we'd done everything we could do," Bebber said.

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