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Ocala Planning and Zoning Commission tables discussion of new, 130-unit apartment development

The Ocala Planning and Zoning Commission will wait another month to discuss a new, 130-unit apartment development planned for northwest Ocala.

During its regular meeting on Monday, October 11, the commission voted to table a request from the petitioner, Crystal Park Apartments, after commission member Richard Kesselring stated that he would have to abstain from the vote for a conflict of interest.

Crystal Park Apartments in northwest Ocala
Crystal Park Apartments in northwest Ocala

Because two seats on the commission are currently vacated, the commission could not hold a quorum on the issue and was forced to table the matter until its next meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m.

The request for final approval concerns the 13.1-acre planned development located in the 1400 block on NW 27th Avenue. According to city records, the property was previously approved as a PUD-10 zoning district that never commenced construction.

The new plan will provide affordable housing options in the form of a 130-unit, multi-family apartment complex.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss and vote on the matter next month, and its recommendation will be passed to the Ocala City Council for a final decision at an upcoming council meeting.