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Westchase Town Center Owner Requests Community Assistance

Twenty-six voting members attended the November VM meeting, which was held via Zoom. Shawn Yesner, president of the Westchase Community Association, called the meeting. After approving the minutes of the July meeting, the last regular meeting, Yesner turned the floor over to Eric Holt, chairman of the Committee on Government Affairs. Holt had attracted guest speakers from Real Property Specialists, Inc. (RPS), the company that owns and operates the Westchase Town Center.

Downtown is home to Tijuana Flats, Burger 21, and Chipotle. Holt then introduced Alan Charron, president and owner of RPS, and Vanessa Silva, who serves as the center’s property manager.

Charron explained that he developed the Westchase Town Center to serve as the social epicenter of the Westchase community. There is about three acres of green space between Maloney’s and the Fifth Third Bank that was intended to be used for events, and Charron said he feels the space is underused.

He hopes to find a local who is willing to volunteer to organize more events that benefit the entire community. RPS is based in Orlando, which makes it difficult for their employees to be as hands-on as Charron would like, he said. He wanted to contact the residents of Westchase directly, which led him to attend the VM meeting.

“In addition to doing charity or fundraising activities, we’ve also thought about putting in some pickleball courts. I was thinking of dressing it up a bit with artificial grass. Maybe put up a putting green,” Charron mused. “There are opportunistic things that can happen there. Together with Vanessa, our property manager, you can help us collaborate and coordinate to do more with what we have.”

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Yesner said Westchase used that green space to celebrate its 30th birthdaye birthday in May, and the event had a large turnout and was generally quite successful. He said he intended to propose to the board that the birthday celebration become an annual event.

Charron noted that the community needs a promoter or event coordinator willing to work with local individuals and organizations to coordinate quarterly, monthly or even weekly events. There is currently no charge for using the space, Charron continued, and the goal is not for RPS to bring in more money. Parking and electricity are already available for any events.

“We have such a beautiful square,” said Charron. “We want to be the first thought and get it out there so we’re in people’s minds when they think about where to hold their events.”

Yesner then handed the floor back to Holt, who told the VMs he was seeking volunteers to chair and join a new Reporting Committee. The WCA has a relatively new website, which can be found at westchasewca.com. Residents can visit the website to sign up for community notifications via email and/or SMS.

“We have this great brand new website and one of the things we can use now is the ability for people to sign up for notifications from the association. Unfortunately, while we have this great capacity, there hasn’t been much discussion about how best to use it,” said Holt. “The board felt that the VMs were the most appropriate body to work on managing this.”

Holt told the VMs not to respond immediately, but to contact him to express their interest in chairing or serving on the committee.

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The WCA board voted to move their monthly meetings from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Yesner asked the VMs if they would consider making the same change. Linda Pisano, representing Saville Row, filed a motion to move monthly meetings from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. However, no one voted in favor of the motion, so it failed.

Dawn Brown of the Enclave then filed a motion to move the meetings to 6:30 p.m. Nancy Sells, of Harbor Links/The Estates, supported the motion. The motion passed, with 20 MPs voting in favor and six MPs voting against.

Yesner then reminded the VMs that there would be no December meeting and that the January meeting would be held in person. The meeting adjourned at 7:41 pm

By Lynn Gonzalez



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