A 290-unit apartment complex has been proposed for the city’s next hot spot for new development, DeBary officials revealed in a newsletter released Tuesday.
Details about the proposal, including its location within the city’s 200-acre Transit Oriented Development (TOD) district, were not immediately available.
The district is clustered along U.S. Highway 17-92 south of Dirksen Drive, anchored by the DeBary SunRail station.
In recent months, DeBary officials have taken steps to refine the vision for the TOD, including backing a master plan for the mixed-use project.
“The TOD area is already receiving multiple developer interest as a result of the master development planning process,” the city’s summer newsletter says. “A conceptual development plan for the first development of a 290+/- multi-family apartment complex is currently under review.”
The vision for the project also calls for a network of interlocking recreational trails for bicyclists, joggers and others.
“The Master Development Plan adopted by the Council illustrates a conservative five-year development horizon which includes 650 to 880 residential units and another 8,000 to 16,000 square feet of non-residential such as office, retail, restaurant, and general commercial,” the newsletter says. “At build-out, a total of
2,000 residential units and up to 400,000 square feet of non-residential space may be constructed over the next 20-25 year planning horizon.”
The newsletter also gives residents updates about other projects in DeBary, including a proposed $12.5 million community center targeted for land in the TOD next to SunRail.
Last month, the City Council endorsed a task force’s recommendation for the center, envisioned as a gathering place for residents of all ages.
The council told task force members to prepare a plan to sell it to voters.
The vision for the center calls for an indoor running track, workout room, kitchen, meeting rooms and other amenities.
As proposed, the two-story building would have 43,500 square feet of space, 150 parking spaces and sit on roughly 7 acres of land.
The land for the center would cost roughly $1.5 million and construction would be an additional $11 million, documents estimate.
A date for voter approval was not set.
The per-household cost would vary by property value.
It would cost just $6 monthly, or roughly $72 a year, for the owner of a home valued at just below $100,000, according to one estimate.
The newsletter also updates residents about the upcoming opening of the new fire station.
Firefighters have already moved into the $2 million building at 75 South Charles R. Beall Blvd.
The public is invited to tour Fire Station No. 33 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 29.
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