Focus West: OB Life looks at Avalon Park

Focus West: OB Life looks at Avalon Park

Correction: An earlier version of this story estimated around 50 people attended the meeting. The city reports that number is closer to 100.

Avalon Park Daytona is coming, and the city of Ormond Beach wants to make sure citizens are kept up to date with the latest information available regarding large-scale development.

On Tuesday, November 9, the city launched a new mini-series OB Life, focusing on the impacts of development on the city’s west side. The two-part “Westward Focus” civic engagement workshops are modeled on the 2018 initiative that helped the city update its strategic plan.

OB Life’s first workshop, attended personally by about 100 Calvary Christian Church people, focused on transportation and economic impacts.

So you might say to yourself: Why are we talking about Avalon? [Park] Daytona when you’re not in our city? City Manager Joyce Shanahan said, “What we’re really here to do is figure out what’s important to you so we can listen to that feedback and bring it to the people at Avalon Park.”

The meeting was attended by Pete Kahli, developer of Avalon Park.

So what do we know so far about the project? Originally planned to be a project of 10,000 homes with 1 million square feet of commercial retail by 2045, Avalon Park currently focuses on building 3,250 homes and 200,000 square feet of commercial retail by 2030, to be split into two phases in a plot Land south of State Route 40 formerly owned by Minto Communities.

Volusia County has approved the Traffic Study’s methodology for development, the next step in the process.

“I am optimistic about it [Kahli] He’ll work with us to make his Daytona Beach project a success, and understand its impact on the surrounding community,” said Mayor Bill Partington. “I think he wants to do that. I think the better we can get to know the project and express our concerns, the better it will be to help him do it.”

City employees provided workshop participants—about 45% of whom live west of I-95—with information regarding the history of the Avalon Park plot, which was annexed to the City of Daytona Beach in 2002. In 1999, Indigo Development Inc. (later Consolidated Tomoka Land Company, Inc.) An application to incorporate 2,890 acres into the city of Ormond Beach, but was denied due to density issues, as well as a developer’s request to use St. County standards. Johns River Water Management for wetlands – which were less stringent than city – and continuing agricultural uses.

The majority of the estimated 7,000 residents who live west of I-95 work outside the area, affecting roads, said Brian Rademacher, director of economic development for the city. A survey conducted at the workshop showed that more than 20% of meeting participants reported that driving west of I-95 was evenly distributed over three levels of frequency: 1) weekly, but less than once a day; 2) once to twice a day; and 3) three to six times a day.

Rademacher reports that the median household income for West Side residents is over $85,000, and that the current retail market is not supporting current demand.

Avalon Park could provide more jobs, diversify the economy and provide services to these residents, and reduce the volumes of flights east of I-95.

The next OB Life meeting is scheduled for December 2.

New disinfectant for drinking water

Beginning November 29, the City of Ormond Beach Utilities Division will temporarily use a new disinfectant for the city’s drinking water system, according to a notice on the city’s website.

Disinfection will be performed “using free chlorine (a stronger disinfectant) instead of chloramine (a long-acting disinfectant consisting of combined chlorine and ammonia),” the notice states.

This will be done until December 20.

“During this period, the water has remained of the highest quality and completely safe to drink,” the notice read. “Customers may experience a slight difference in the taste and smell of the water as a result of using an alternative sanitizer.”

This temporary diversion is a common practice, according to the city, and is recommended by the Environmental Protection Department.

The city requires residents to contact the Department of Public Works with any questions at 676-3220.

The company shuts down its home sites

Land Sea Homes Corporation recently announced the closure of the last 43 available home locations on Bulow Creek Preserve at Halifax Plantation in Ormond Beach.

According to a press release, this means Landsea Homes will be the last remaining homebuilder in the coastal community, located between hole 16 at Halifax Plantation Golf Course and Bulow Creek State Park Historic Park.

Homes will range from 1,813 square feet to 2,607 square feet. To learn more, visit https://landseahomes.com/florida/bulow-creek-preserve/

The country closes the treatment site

The monoclonal antibody treatment site at Ormond Beach Senior Center, located at 351 Andrew Street, is now closed.

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