Pointe Grand Ocala South is seeking approval to rezone a 38-acre property for the construction of a 584-unit apartment complex in southwest Ocala.
The request will first be presented to the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission during its regular meeting scheduled today.
The 38.48-acre site is located on the west side of SW 60th Avenue, approximately one-half of a mile north of State Road 200.
The owner, Hillpointe LLC, seeks a rezoning of the land to PUD (Planned Unit Development). The land is currently zoned as R-3 (Multiple Family Dwelling), B-1 (Neighborhood Business), and A-1 (General Agriculture).
Hillpointe is proposing a 584-unit multi-family apartment complex. There would be 17 proposed residential buildings with three floors in each building. Each unit would be 1,150 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
A dog park, clubhouse with a pool, and exercise building are planned, and the proposed apartment complex would keep around 17 acres of open space. All four sides of the complex would be buffered, including 30-foot tall natural foliage on the south and west sides, and 15-foot tall buffers on the southern and eastern perimeters.
The City of Ocala recently extended the SunTran Silver Route south on SW 60th Avenue, and county staff feels that this would allow for transit service to be accessible to the proposed complex.
The area surrounding this site has been designated as Urban Density Residential to accommodate the construction of multi-family housing. Longreen Farms, a 288-unit multi-family complex, was recently approved for re-zoning and is located slightly to the north and east of this proposed site.
County staff is recommending approval, and the commission will make a recommendation on whether to approve this request during today’s meeting.
The commission’s recommendation is not final, as that decision is left to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. That board will determine whether to accept or deny the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation during its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 21.