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Single-family homes, townhouses targeted for Orange City near I-4

Single-family homes, townhouses targeted for Orange City near I-4

Katie Kustura
| The Daytona Beach News-Journal

More residential and commercial development is potentially coming Orange City’s way.

The Orange City Council on Tuesday unanimously gave its final vote of approval on an ordinance rezoning just over 50 acres located at the southeast corner of East Graves Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

The proposed planned unit development, dubbed Liberty Station, calls for 170 residential units, 98 of which would be detached single-family homes while the other 72 are townhouses, according to city documents.

Liberty Station, which would be less than a mile west of Interstate 4, also received a unanimous vote of approval during its first hearing at the council’s Oct. 13 meeting.

It was also during that meeting that the council gave its final nod of approval to rezone 26.34 acres for The Crossings, a proposed planned unit development that could bring 288 apartments, a 100-room hotel, just over 31,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial uses and 13,600 square feet of office space at the southeast corner of State Road 472 and Kentucky Avenue.

The site of The Crossings, which is located just west of the I-4 interchange, would be about a mile north of Liberty Station.

During the first hearing, Vice Mayor Bill O’Connor, though in support of the project, expressed concern about the area’s failing roadways and the impact of more traffic.

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“I understand that this property is ready for development, but the roads …,” O’Connor said. “I just don’t want to turn that whole section over there into a parking lot.”

Mark Watts, a Cobb Cole attorney representing the developer, said the proportionate fair share funds agreed to would be targeted to fixing up the area’s infrastructure.

O’Connor shared similar worries Sept. 9 during the council’s first hearing on The Crossings.

Similar to Trycon Management & Leasing, Inc., developer of The Crossings, Elevation Development, LLC, developer of Liberty Station, isn’t going for the maximum number of units allowed by the comprehensive plan’s future land use.

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The previously approved residential planned unit development, which never came to fruition, was for 292 town homes on 36 acres, Becky Mendez, the city’s development services director, said.

Liberty Station also would have a master trail and open space by preserving the abandoned golf course property around the Sherwood Oaks neighborhood.

At build-out, expected in 2022, the project is expected to generate $2,267,709 in impact fees with $286,783 going to Volusia County, city documents show.

The project also could generate 57 students for area Volusia County schools, which reported an expectation of having capacity for the additional students, according to records.

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