By Erika Webb
The DeLand Housing Authority is ready to build 81 senior apartments just south of downtown.
The DeLand City Commission, at its Jan. 21 meeting, approved rezoning 9.18 acres at the southwest corner of Voorhis and Garfield avenues from multi-family to the Laurel Court Planned Development.
The Housing Authority has already developed town houses on the southern portion of the land.
There will be 40 one-bedroom units and 41 two-bedroom units in the single, three-story building, which also will contain the office for the Housing Authority in a separate but attached building.
Access to the site will be provided along Voorhis Avenue.
At a Nov. 20 meeting, the city's planning board recommended approval for the rezoning, with some changes to the plan based on staff comments.
Staff-recommended modifications to the agreement included: 8 feet wide sidewalks between the parking lot and building; additional handicapped parking spaces; in addition to the 45 feet height limit, the building must be a maximum of three stories; identification of the primary building entrance to ensure security for residents; and accommodation of residents with regard to garbage collection.
The applicant, Patrick Monaghan of Peritus Civil Engineering, for the DeLand Housing Authority, responded to the commission's requests, noting:
Because two wheelchairs can pass adequately, the sidewalks will remain six feet wide.
Additional areas for ramped sidewalks will be added in case additional handicapped spaces are needed.
Revisions were made to reflect the building height will not exceed three stories.
The manager of the complex will be responsible for collecting refuse, although residents will have access to the on-site dumpster in order to dispose of their own.
Finally, Peritus reported there are three entrances available to residents along the front, which will be controlled by electronic keys belonging to them.
The Technical Review Committee reviewed and recommended conditional approval for the PD and the concept plan. It also reviewed the proposed subdivision and site plan based on the PD.
"If the rezoning is approved as proposed, the applicant may continue with the platting of the subject property into three lots, as well as the site plan that reflects the PD agreement," the Jan. 21 agenda item stated. "The plat and site plan can be reviewed by the commission after the rezoning is approved on second reading."
The creation of a three-lot subdivision called Laurel Communities and the site plan also were approved unanimously at the Jan. 21 meeting.
The overall 24.76 acre tract of land will be divided into Parcel A for the townhouse section which is around 15.7 acres; Parcel B for the senior residences, 8.3 acres; and Parcel C for the Housing Authority office, just over three-quarters of an acre.