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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

360-unit Pointe Grand Apartments seeking city’s approval for southwest Ocala site

A developer is hoping to gain approval from the Ocala City Council to move forward with a new 360-unit, multi-family apartment complex in southwest Ocala.

The Pointe Grand Apartments will come before the Ocala City Council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 20 at 5 p.m. at Ocala City Hall (110 SE Watula Avenue). City council members will vote to adopt or deny two ordinances and a resolution providing for the future land development of the apartments, which will be located at 3527 SW 20th Street. 

Pointe Grand Apartments conceptual design
Pointe Grand Apartments planned for 3527 SW 20th Street, Ocala, Florida

In 2005, the property underwent a land use change and a policy was adopted to limit the number of units developed on the property to 161 single-family residential units. In 2013, with the adoption of the new 2035 Vision Plan, the land use was changed to Neighborhood. 

Pointe Grand Apartments conceptual design 2
Pointe Grand Apartments conceptual design
Pointe Grand Apartments pool and recreation center
The pool and recreation center at Pointe Grand Apartments

The property owner is currently proposing a 360-unit apartment complex. During Tuesday’s meeting, council members will listen to an associated future land use policy amendment that will remove a restriction limiting development on the property to 161 residential single-family dwelling units. This amendment has been reviewed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), who had no comments on the amendment.

Pointe Grand Apartments aerial shots
The proposed apartment complex will be built on this property located in southwest Ocala

The new planned development site is 34.92 acres and comprises three parcels. 

According to city records, the developer will be required to submit a traffic study to determine necessary transportation improvements.

If approved, the new apartment complex will join a long list of new commercial and residential developments that are sprouting up in Ocala. 

During their July 6 meeting, Ocala City Council members approved the construction of the new 16-unit Brick City Lofts and Shops along SE 1st Avenue. 

Earlier this summer, the council approved the Lamplighter Legacy Apartment complex for 100 units to be located in downtown Ocala as well. 

Those projects joining ongoing ones like the Tuscawilla Artpartments, which are currently preregistering tenants, the Watula South townhomes, and the One Fort King row homes, which will be located at 111 W Fort King Street.