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Monday, January 24, 2022

West Shire Village receives preliminary approval for 186-home, second phase

The second phase of West Shire Village received preliminary approval from county officials for its new, 186-home development planned for southwest Ocala.

During the October 25 meeting of the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission, members voted to recommend approval of a rezoning request for West Shire Village Phase II from community business to planned unit development (PUD). The recommendation from the PZC will be presented during the November 16 regular meeting of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners.

West Shire Village Phase II
West Shire Village Phase II

Phase II is located immediately south of West Shire Village Phase I, which recently received approval for its rezoning request from county commissioners.

The applicant, Stark Enterprises, Inc., is hoping to build 186 residential dwelling units through Phase II, which is 31.6 acres of property located on the north side of SW 95th Street Road. It is an extension of the recently approved West Shire Village PUD, which is located on property immediately to the northeast of the site.

West Shire Village Phase II Unit Summary
West Shire Village Phase II Unit Summary – the new development is located on the north side of SW 95th Street Road

The parcel currently has a commercial future land use designation, which allows residential uses up to eight dwelling units per acre.

A conceptual plan and architectural renderings for the proposed multiple-family, rental community were submitted to the county earlier this year. The conceptual plan proposes a combination of two, four, and six-unit multiple-family structures that will be a mix of one and two-story buildings. All residential units will include two-car garages, according to the application filed with the county.

The developer plans to build a smaller amenity center, including a picnic pavilion and playground, as the proposed project will be part of the overall West Shire Village development. That overall development will include a large amenity complex with a clubhouse, pool, and sport court, according to county records.

County officials anticipate multiple operational improvements, including the addition of a left-turn-lane into the site’s main SW 95th Street Road access. A final traffic study will be reviewed and approved by the county prior to any final master plans are approved.

The project includes two entrances with each having multiple access points, including connectivity to both Hwy 200 and SW 95th Street Road, along with an emergency access route to Hwy 200.

The PUD application and concept plan were submitted to the county in September, according to county records.

Like Phase I, Phase II is billed as an innovative community comprised of both ranch-style and townhouse units. The community will provide residents the walkable convenience of a city with modern amenities and large, luxuriously spacious floor plans with “plenty of room to work, play, and relax,” according to documents submitted by Stark Enterprises, Inc. to the county.

“The units are designed for people seeking the dream of their first home, or downsizing after retirement, all while being untethered by the responsibilities of home ownership. Each residential unit has its own front door and adjoining porch, rear patio space, and an attached two-car garage and connected driveway with space to park two additional vehicles,” according to the developer’s application.

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners meets on the first and third Tuesday every month at 9 a.m. in the McPherson Governmental Campus auditorium, which is located at 601 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala, Florida.