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Fence erected around Landover site

Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 03:29 PM

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Pedestrians and motorists traveling along a section of Landover Boulevard might notice something new has been added to the landscape.

As promised by the developer about four months ago, work crews have erected a fence protecting the 31-acre private property owned by landowner Hardy Huntley.

The property surrounds a wooded area between Chalmer Street and Alcan Avenue.

Last year, a Spring Hill resident notified Hernando Today that a large hole in a field about 20 feet from the sidewalk off Landover Boulevard represented a danger to children.

The hole is not visible from the road or the sidewalk and a person would have to walk a bit onto the private property to see the void.

A fence had formerly been erected around the private property, preventing people from accessing the site. But that fence came down and residents worried somebody would wander onto the land and get hurt.

Peter Creighton, who represents Huntley, confirmed Friday that the fence had gone up. Creighton said that before Huntley bought the land more than a year ago, the bank that owned the property had put a fence around it so people wouldn't use it as a dumping ground for trash.

The bank took the fence down after its lease expired, he said.

Huntley wanted to put up a new fence for the same reason: to prevent trash dumping on private property, Creighton said.

The hole itself has been there for decades, ever since it was excavated by Deltona Corp., the original developers of Spring Hill in the 1960s. It was not a confirmed sinkhole.

Creighton said in a previous interview that it was in the best interests for all to enclose the property, otherwise it would become a dumping ground.

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