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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

City Manager updates business owners on downtown Ocala developments

The Ocala City Manager provided an update to business owners on developments across Ocala during a recent networking event. 

Sandra Wilson, who was appointed as City Manager last year after John Zobler resigned from the position, provided the update during a June 16 morning breakfast meeting hosted by a local networking group. 

Wilson gave a brief overview of ongoing construction projects around downtown Ocala, including the extension of the Reilly Arts Center, which began earlier this year and is shooting for 2022 completion. The extension encompasses a new black box theater, among other amenities and improvements to the Reilly.

According to Wilson, the Watula South development, which is a set of nine townhomes that will be located directly across from the Ocala City Hall, is currently undergoing refinements but hopes to begin construction soon. 

She confirmed that the Tuscawilla Artpartments, which offer over two-dozen new 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units, are currently leasing. 

Tuscawilla Artpartments at Tuscawilla Park in downtown Ocala Florida
Tuscawilla Artpartments at Tuscawilla Park in downtown Ocala Florida

She also touched briefly on Lamplighter Legacy Apartments’ new 102-unit multifamily development, which will bring a slew of utility improvements to a much-needed section of downtown Ocala. 

Lamplighter Legacy Apartments presented by Ocala City Manager Sandra Wilson
Ocala City Manager Sandra Wilson speaks briefly about the Lamplighter Legacy Apartments coming to downtown Ocala

Wilson also indicated that the Goldman building, which will soon be home to Mellow Mushroom, will look to include another restaurant and a rooftop bar. That same stretch on South Magnolia Avenue will also receive a sidewalk extension after the holiday season in 2022.