deland old jail from above
BEACON FILE PHOTO DeLand's Old Jail, and its surrounding buildings on W. New York Ave., shown from above.

The DeLand Planning Board will meet Wednesday, June 15, to discuss redevelopment of the Old Jail at 130 W. New York Ave. and various multifamily projects across DeLand.

GlassHouse Square may finally be moving ahead. The project, led by members of the Prelec Family of Deltona Transformer Corp., has been in the works since 2019 and has seen some big changes since then. The latest plan for GlassHouse Square — which were originally to be discussed at the May Planning Board meeting, but the item was continued to June. The latest plan features two buildings with open space between them and a minimum of 40 parking spaces along a space connecting New York Avenue and Georgia Avenue that the developer is calling “Glasshouse Alley,” which is now a dilapidated parking lot.

Disagreements over parking for Glasshouse Square have been a hot topic at discussions. The 44 parking spots proposed by the developer are fewer than the 60 that DeLand city commissioners said they wanted to see earlier this year.

In documentation prepared for the Planning Board, city staff recommend that the board give a thumbs-up to GlassHouse Square’s rezoning application for a planned unit development, or PUD, as long as the applicant provides additional information about parking, and presents demolition plans that won’t damage nearby historical buildings.

Several apartment projects are also on the June 15 agenda, including a new one, Pointe Grand Apartments. The landowner, Orlando-based United Shares Real Estate LLC, wants to turn 14.57 acres of wooded land southeast of the intersection of Clear Lake Road and North Spring Garden Avenue into a 204-unit apartment complex. The land was originally meant to be developed as part of the nearby Cascades single-family subdivision, but construction was never completed on the project.

City staff suggested the Planning Board send plans for Pointe Grand Apartments on to the City Commission with a recommendation for approval.

DeLand Commons, one of several planned Downtown DeLand apartment projects is also listed on the agenda, but city staff are requesting a continuance, as a land-use amendment must be submitted along with the already-submitted rezoning application.

Several other projects are on the Planning Board’s agenda, including a preliminary plat for Oak Hammock, a 38-acre, 110-unit single-family residential development along the planned extension to Beresford Avenue. 

Rezoning for Oak Hammock was approved last August.

The Planning Board meeting begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the City Commission Chambers in DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. The meeting will also be broadcast live on the city’s website, HERE. Once the meeting begins, the live recording can be accessed by clicking on the camera icon that will appear next to the meeting information. 

To view the complete agenda packet for the Planning Board meeting, click HERE.


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