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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Jun. 26, 2015 4 years ago

Condos, medical building coming to Granada

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by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Construction could begin in a month.

Wayne Grant

News Editor

Benjamin P. Butera Architecture Firm, 51 W. Granada Blvd., has announced that they have been commissioned to design Bella Marie Professional Building and Bella Marie residences in Ormond Beach.

The mixed-use development will be on a now wooded, three-acre site at 550 West Granada Boulevard. Project Manager Lauren Gilbert said they have received site approval and are expecting a building permit in 30 days so construction can begin. Completion would then be expected in the spring of 2016.

The first phase of development will be a medical building, which will house a 5,000-square-foot heart clinic and a 5,000-square-foot medical practice. The second phase will be construction of two residential towers with 30 units each. Gilbert could not provide a price range, but said they could be considered “upscale.” There will be an option for covered parking.

The total 60,000-square-foot project will have a Mediterranean architectural theme, with an open and airy site design, according to a statement. Each building will be four stories.

The residences will range in size from 1,400 to 2,000 square feet, and the project has the 55 and over age group in mind, with a fitness center included in the development.

Gilbert called it a “live, work, play” community where residents can walk to the medical offices and fitness center.

“It’s the current trend in urban design,” she said.

The architectural firm is designing the project on behalf of the land owner, known as Granada Management LLC. Bids are currently being sought for a contractor.

Steven Spraker, senior planner for the city, said the project conforms to the Land Development Code did not require any variances, so no approval is needed from the City Commission. He said the owner had the required meeting with neighboring residents.

Butera has been in business for 25 years, and currently has other medical buildings underway.

Business is picking up since the recession, Gilbert said. Banks are freeing up money and developers are wanting to improve their properties.

“Money was frozen for a long time,” she said.

Call Benjamin P. Butera Architecture at 676-2789. Visit buteradesigns.com or facebook.com/benjaminpbutera.

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