FUTURE APARTMENTS? — This collage of photos shows the plot of land that could become the DeLand Commons apartments. The plot sits along Woodland Boulevard between East Voorhis and East Howry avenues near the DeLand Regional Library and includes the former Save A Lot grocery store.

The DeLand City Commission will meet Monday, Dec. 19, to discuss the site plan for the DeLand Commons apartments and more.

Developer Atlantic Housing Partners is seeking approval from the DeLand City Commission for DeLand Commons, a 180-unit multifamily project along South Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand that includes the site of the former Save A Lot grocery store.

The project includes 173 apartment units across two four-story buildings along with five two-story town homes and two two-story carriage houses. If approved, DeLand Commons would encompass 5.86 acres fronting on South Woodland Boulevard and South Alabama Avenue bisected by East Voorhis Avenue. 3.89 acres of the project, including the apartment units, would be north of East Voorhis Avenue, while 1.47 acres, including the town and carriage homes, would be south of Voorhis.

The project would require the demolition of the building that once housed the Save A Lot grocery store, as well as a 99-year-old building located at 236 S. Alabama Ave. that once housed a body shop.

Earlier this year, the Downtown DeLand Community Redevelopment Agency passed a tax incentive package for DeLand Commons developer Atlantic Housing Partners.

City staff and the DeLand Planning Board recommend approval of DeLand Commons’ site plan, along with a waiver from the City Commission to allow for a reduction in the number of parking spaces required for the project.

Other items on the city’s agenda include the second reading of a rezoning application for Pointe Grand, another apartment project on North Spring Garden Avenue, and a preliminary plat for the Trinity Gardens subdivision

The DeLand City Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the City Commission Chambers in DeLand City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. All meetings are open to the public and are streamed on the city’s website, HERE.

To view the full agenda for the Dec. 19 City Commission meeting, click HERE.


  1. Still a grocery store desert in the center of DeLand. But developers get tax incentives!

    Why not require multi-story parking garage to go along with each story of the apartments? Don’t allow on street parking.

    Green roofs?

    Please don’t widen the streets. It only encourages more automobiles.

    Waivers! Waivers! Waivers! Polis in the pockets of the developers. Same old Florida.

  2. One article points out that the millage/tax rate will be increased and another points out that the developers are getting a tax break. Yeah, that seems equitable to the citizens of DeLand!! Who’s paying these guys?

  3. The ’99-year-old building that used to be a body shop’ should have been made a listed building many years ago! It originally housed a Ford Garage, servicing and repairing Model A and Model T Fords back in the day. It’s a tragedy that they were allowed to demolish it. More recent memories for us are from when it was Smitty’s Thrift Store: one of the best thrift stores we have ever known until Smitty and his wife retired. It appears that History, these days, is something to be disregarded and cast aside in the name of ‘modern development’. As if the traffic in towntown DeLand isn’t bad enough now, wait until all those new residents move in and try getting on and off Woodland Avenue! Watch this space for pending CHAOS!!


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