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A proposal to build 274 apartments next to Victoria Park in DeLand goes before the Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission on June 21.

The project submitted by Integra Dunes LLC and DeLand attorney Alex Ford calls for rezoning 16 acres on the west side of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beltway from Community Classification to Residential Planned Unit Development (RPUD). 

The land is in the unincorporated area of the county, but it adjoins Victoria Park, which is inside the DeLand city limits.

The gated apartment complex is to have 18 units per acre, with green space for buffering. 

The proposal provides for buildings with a maximum height of 40 feet. 

As well as more standard townhouses, the project will feature “carriage houses,” which are “townhome-type units with garages on the first floor and living area on the second floor, each building having two units.”

In addition, a clubhouse with a fitness center and a swimming pool are planned.

The county’s planning staff recommends approval. 

The appointed volunteers on the Planning Commission will make a recommendation, and may suggest changes, but the County Council will make the final decision, possibly in July. 

The area is home to significant recent development on the east side of Interstate 4, including Epic Theatres, a Halifax Health emergency department that is becoming a hospital, a RaceTrac convenience store and a Duke Energy substation. 

The Planning Commission meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Thomas C. Kelly County Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

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