After a meeting last night, it appears Epic Theatres will finally be a reality in Mount Dora in 2016. The meeting cleared the way for construction to begin at the site between Target and Walmart after title to the land is transferred to Epic and building permits are pulled, now expected next month.
The Mount Dora Planning and Zoning Board voted tonight to grant the multiplex cinema a variance on a retaining wall land codes stipulated be built around the retention pond Epic was to build to accommodate stormwater runoff from the parking lot and building.
Walls are a common zoning separation between commercial and residential properties, however Epic's attorney Derek Schroth presented the pond itself was an adequate separation buffer, with the Mount Dora Zoning Board citizen members agreeing.
The building of the theater has been the subject of much anticipation. Currently, local residents must travel to Leesburg or Apopka to view new movies on the big screen.
A special report submitted by Mount Dora News LLC
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