ABOVE: Preliminary design of the pedestrian and golf cart bridge over Donnelly Street connecting the existing Waterman Village community to its new Lakeside Retirement Community.
Earlier this year, Mount Dora City Council approved a golf cart and pedestrian bridge that crosses Donnelly Street south of U.S. Highway 441. The overpass, which is now under construction, will connect the existing Waterman Village with the new section currently being built. The use of the bridge will be limited to the retirement community’s residents and allows them to avoid crossing busy Donnelly Street.
The bridge, funded by Waterman Village, will feature “Welcome to Mount Dora” signage across the span of the bridge. In June, Mount Dora Arts Commission recommended that it also include backlit metal art of a heron and leaves on the walls beneath the bridge span and that those elements be proportional to the bridge, and the “Welcome” signage.
During a May 11 town hall meeting, some Mount Dora residents voiced concern that the bridge would detract from the City’s scenic Donnelly Street entrance and create an eyesore or make it similar to The Villages entrance.
Waterman Village’s new community under construction on the east side of Donnelly Street, Lakeside at Waterman Village, will have almost 37 acres of duplexes, quadplexes, independent living and memory support units. Reservations for the units are now being accepted.