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Ocala South Townhomes receive approval to move forward with 280-unit development

A new, 280-unit townhome development has been approved for southwest Ocala, joining a list of planned developments across the county.

Ocala South Townhomes received approval for its rezoning request from the Board of Marion County Commissioners during the board’s regular meeting on October 19.

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Ocala South Townhomes conceptual design

The 280-unit development is planned for a 36-acre tract located on the east side of SW 60th Avenue, south of SW 52nd Street, and north of SR 200. The applicant, Longreen Farm, Inc., requested that the property be rezoned from general agriculture (A-1) to planned unit development (PUD).

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Ocala South Townhomes will be located on a 36-acre tract on the east side of SW 60th Avenue, south of SW 52nd Street, and north of SR 200

Ocala South Townhomes are described as a “build-for-rent,” workforce housing community with a “full amenity package that will reward a healthy and active lifestyle,” according to county records filed by the applicant.

The townhomes will have a “cottage style” feel and will offer 3-bedroom/2-bathroom and 2-bedroom/2-bathroom layouts. The community’s amenities will include a pool and grill area, walking and exercise trails, an outdoor exercise studio, a bark park, on-site climate controlled storage units, and a community pavilion.

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Ocala South Townhomes will feature multiple amenities including a community pavilion

Located within the county’s Urban Growth Boundary, Ocala South Townhomes is billed as being “perfectly located” for the residents of the community to “service” the industries nearby, including the West Marion Community Hospital and the new Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic.

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Walking and exercise trails will be present throughout Ocala South Townhomes

Now that the rezoning has been approved, a traffic study will be conducted and the project will move forward with design and development until the final PUD Master Plan is approved by county commissioners.

The project joins multiple other residential developments sprouting up across Ocala, Belleview, Dunnellon, and the rest of Marion County.

During last week’s regular meeting of the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission, members voted to recommend approval of a rezoning request for a new 300-unit, townhome planned development along SW Highway 200. That rezoning request will come before the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on November 16.