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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Pointe Grand Apartments approved for 360 units in southwest Ocala

Pointe Grand Apartments received approval for a new 360-unit apartment complex at a southwest Ocala site.

The Ocala City Council unanimously adopted a future land use amendment, a zoning change, and a resolution for the new planned development during its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 20.

The new development will be located at 3527 SW 20th Street.

Fred Roberts, an attorney representing the developer, says substantive conversations have taken place with residents in the surrounding area, including Paddock Oaks.

Although those residents have been vocal about buffering security and traffic, Roberts says the developer is addressing those issues, including the addition of significant landscape buffering along all boundaries of the property.

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.

During Tuesday’s meeting, a resident asked a question about potential overcrowding at local schools, after which council members and Growth Management Director Tye Chighizola discussed the adjustments that will need to be made with future developments in Ocala coming.

The new development joins a long list of ongoing residential and commercial projects throughout 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, and earlier this summer, the council approved the Lamplighter Legacy Apartment complex for 100 units in downtown Ocala.

Those projects join 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.