DeLand Planning Board passes Pointe Grande apartments to City Commission
On June 15, the DeLand Planning Board OK’d a rezoning application for 204 new apartment units on the city’s northwest side.
The nine three-story buildings for Pointe Grande apartments would be constructed on 14 acres immediately south of the Cascades, a single-family neighborhood along Spring Garden Avenue.
The Cascades was originally approved by the City of DeLand in the 1980s with the expectation that it would expand its footprint farther south with later phases. That expansion never happened, though, and developer Hillpointe LLC wants to construct the Pointe Grande apartments.
The Planning Board took issue with the project’s accessibility, but ultimately approved it.
Not everyone was on board with the project. One resident of the Cascades said she worried the proposed development could compromise what she likes about her neighborhood and worsen the nearby traffic.
There was also the question of accessibility. Planning Board Member Nora Lewis worried that the buildings not having elevators would make them inaccessible to some DeLandites.
However, multifamily buildings are not required to have elevators until they are four stories tall. The upper floors may not be easily accessible by all residents, but, “That’s a choice for the individual resident,” Mark Watts, Hillpointe LLC’s attorney, said.
“I agree this is compliant with the bare minimum,” Lewis said. “This is not accessible for our whole community.”
While Lewis took issue with the lack of elevators, she and others on the Planning Board were pleased to see more multifamily housing in the works.
“This is what we’re asking people to do,” Planning Board Member Dan Reed said. “Stop with the single-family homes, and build us apartments people can move into.”
The rezoning application was approved by the Planning Board by a 4-1 vote with the condition that the developer consider adding elevators to each of the proposed nine buildings. Members Nora Lewis, Dan Reed, Albert Neumann and Jeremy Owens voted in favor of the rezoning application for Pointe Grande apartments, while member Buz Nesbit voted against.
The next step for Pointe Grande’s PD rezoning application is to come before the DeLand City Commission.