FROM GEORGIA AVENUE — One of the most commonly expressed concerns about the Old Volusia County Jail redevelopment proposal is the loss of parking. The lot between the former correctional facility and Conrad Realty Co.’s property is currently used for public parking for nearby businesses, although it’s not a formally designated or maintained parking lot. BEACON FILE PHOTO
FROM GEORGIA AVENUE — One of the most commonly expressed concerns about the Old Volusia County Jail redevelopment proposal is the loss of parking. The lot between the former correctional facility and Conrad Realty Co.’s property is currently used for public parking for nearby businesses, although it’s not a formally designated or maintained parking lot. BEACON FILE PHOTO

The City Commission continued its first reading discussion Sept. 26 after three hours of discussion

After hours of back-and-forth, the DeLand City Commission punted the first reading to rezone land for GlassHouse Square, the development that could replace the historic-but-dilapidated Old Jail at 130 W. New York Ave.

The unanimous decision to continue the project to a later date was made because there are still some elements of the redevelopment project that the City Commission wants the developer, GlassHouse Square LLC, to work on.

GlassHouse’s exact plan for how and where to provide parking is still uncertain. Other elements are also up in the air, like how to protect the neighboring historic buildings and whether to include a clause that would return a chunk of the land to the city if the property is left undeveloped.

City staff will work with the developer’s team to chart a course forward, and the project will come back before the City Commission at an undetermined date.

This story will be updated with additional information in the coming days.

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