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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Jul. 15, 2020 3 weeks ago

Avalon Park Group closes on land near Ormond Beach

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Also in City Watch: New lifeguard tower in the works for Al Weeks Sr. North Shore Park
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Avalon Park Group has taken one step closer to building its proposed 10,000-home master planned community in Daytona Beach.

The developer closed on over 3,000 acres west of I-95 off State Road 40 on Tuesday, July 14 with Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., a press release announced. Avalon Park Daytona is described as a “new town” that will include a variety of uses including commercial, retail, multi-family residential, single-family residential, educational and recreational uses. 

“We are excited to formalize the Avalon Park Daytona Beach development project with today’s closing,” said Avalon Park Group CEO Beat Kahli in the press release. “We look forward to continuing to build relationships and partnerships in Volusia County to create a sustainable, walkable community, that will truly be a benefit for the county.”

Avalon Park Daytona could include 3,350 single-family homes, 1,650 townhouses, 5,000 multi-family units. and one million square feet of retail and office space combined. The group states it will add $2 billion in ad valorem values to Daytona and Volusia County.

The press release adds that the plans for the development include “a compact, walkable, mixed-use and interconnected community, that achieves efficient use of land and infrastructure costs.”

County donates 126,000 meals

Volusia County Emergency Management has partnered with local food banks to provide over 126,000 meals to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Donated by the state, each box provides five meals, according to a press release. Local food banks include Prince of Peace Catholic Church and the Jewish Federation of Volusia and Flagler Counties. 

New lifeguard tower underway

Volusia County is building a new lifeguard tower at Al Weeks Sr. North Shore Park, which once completed, will also provide services to Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park and Tom Renick Park. 

The original tower was built in the 1980s and was demolished in 2019 due to hurricane damage, according to a press release. A portion of the park will be closed through late October. 

Post earns recognition

Volusia County Councilwoman Heather Post was recognized as a Florida Association of Counties Presidential Advocate for her work during the 2020 legislative session, a press release announced. 

This is the fourth year in a row she’s earned the recognition, which is given to county representatives who have shown leadership in advocating with FAC,

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