Over the objections of dozens of residents, the Davie Town Council voted early Thursday to move ahead with a new 28-acre residential and commercial project.

The $70 million project known as Trotters Chase would be built on Griffin Road between Davie Road and Florida’s Turnpike. The site was once a horse farm. At a Wednesday night council meeting that stretched past 1 a.m. Thursday, some residents wore T-shirts that read, ”Less Is Better . . . Keep Davie Green.” They said the development would increase traffic, noise and crime.

Their arguments didn’t sway council members Susan Starkey, Marlon Luis and Mayor Tom Truex, who voted for the project. They liked the promise of miami-based Amadi Company, the developer, to set aside 20 percent of the residential units for workforce and affordable housing.

Councilman Bryan Caletka was the sole ”no” vote. Councilman Michael Crowley, who represents the district where the proposed project will be built, did not attend. He recently became the father of twins. A final vote on the issue is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Town Hall, 6591 Orange Drive.

One opponent of the proposed mega-development pointed to the town’s logo and said, “Last time I checked, there was a horse on the town seal, not an apartment building.” That was resident and horse owner Elyse Swalley, whose one-acre homesite will overlook the project’s sewer station. ”I’m just numb,” she said of the council’s decision.

A handful of residents spoke in favor of the project, but some were employees of the company, said the developer’s attorney, Dennis Mele.

Vanessa Arellano Doctor

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