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ON THE WAY? — This concept image of an apartment building at 230 N. Woodland Blvd., where the Bank of America building in Downtown DeLand currently stands, could be what the future holds.

City Commission, CRA will discuss on Monday, Oct. 10

DeLand boards will get a look at another proposed apartment project in the Downtown core this week and next.

The DeLand City Commission and the Downtown DeLand Community Redevelopment Agency will hold special meetings Monday, Oct. 10, to discuss a proposed apartment building to replace the Bank of America building in Downtown DeLand. 

The bank’s building would be replaced by a 298-unit, five-story apartment building on 3.8 acres of land fronting at 230 N. Woodland Blvd. 

Bank of America isn’t shut down, though, and Cobb Cole attorney Mark Watts, representing developer Framework Group LLC, said the plan is to build a new building for the bank. Once Bank of America has a new home, the old Bank of America building can be torn down. 

Bank of America’s new home, Watts said, would be in what is now the parking lotnext to Firehouse Subs in Downtown DeLand. The city owns the parking lot. 

“Once that building is built, we could tear down the existing building and build the new complex,” he said. “We have to build Bank of America a new location in order to make that work.”

The old Bank of America building is owned by Avista Group, the same company that owns the nearby Courtyard by Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown hotel at 308 N. Woodland Blvd. If the apartment project is approved, Avista will sell the building to developer Framework. 

SITE PLAN — Above is the proposed site plan for the Framework Group-developed apartment project that could be built at 230 N. Woodland Blvd., where the Bank of America building currently stands.

Like the other apartment project on Downtown DeLand’s south side, DeLand Commons, the Framework-developed apartment building, as proposed, would have room on its first floor for an art gallery, co-working space and more.

The Framework apartment project will be seen first at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, by the DeLand Historic Preservation Board. Then, Monday, Oct. 10, the CRA and the City Commission will see a proof of concept for the development. 

The Downtown DeLand CRA will meet at 6 p.m., and the City Commission will convene at 7 p.m.

The full agenda for the DeLand City Commission special meeting is available, HERE.

Both meetings will be in the City Commission Chambers at DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. All meetings are open to the public.


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