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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 2 weeks ago

U.S. 1 RV and boat storage project approved

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Also in City Watch: Ormond Beach approves density change for The Courtyard apartment project.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

More boat and RV storage —  and hopefully a solution to some flooding concerns —  are coming soon as Stor-It’s expansion moves ahead following unanimous approval from the City Commission for a rezoning and development order at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Stor-It was seeking a rezoning from Highway Tourist Commercial B-7 to Planned Business Development to add 106 boat and RV parking spaces to a vacant plot adjacent to its existing facility. 

Due to ongoing flooding concerns, Planning Director Steven Spraker said part of the development order included implementing a stormwater outfall swale solution. 

Ormond Lakes Resident Thomas Gaynor expressed concern over the single drainage pipe running under U.S. 1, connecting the two developments before the water reaches local estuaries. 

City Civil Engineer David Allen said the city’s rules regarding flow and volume are more stringent than the St. John’s River Water Management District.

“We feel that what they (Stor-It) have designed will function very well,” Allen said. “What was designed in the past continues to function.”

Struts to be repaired

The City Commission approved the $30,000 change order to replace two degraded water tower struts at its Sept. 18 meeting, 

The project should be finished by Nov. 17.

Density changed for apartments

Despite ongoing citizen concern over increased traffic, the City Commission approved a Comprehensive Land Use map amendment with a 3-1 vote for the upcoming The Courtyards apartment project between Highland and Dix Avenue.

City Commissioner Troy Kent voted against. The item will come back before the board when a site plan has been developed.

Historic Lodge sees final days

Due to its state of extreme disrepair, the historic John Anderson Lodge has been removed from the local historic landmarks list. 

The house, located at 71 Orchard Lane, was built in the 1870s by John Anderson. The house will likely be demolished, and a new home will take its place.

Downtown Master Plan updated

An update to the 2006 plan was adopted by the commission. This is meant to establish the district’s framework for future projects.

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