The Halifax 100 Beachside Garden Townhomes will sit on the old church lot on 100 N. Halifax Drive, bordering the Orchard Lane neighborhood.
A new townhome development is coming to Ormond Beach, and it will be repurposing the old church lot located at 100 N. Halifax Drive.
The Halifax 100 Beachside Garden Townhomes will be a 12-unit development on the 1.5-acre lot, with each 2,950 square-foot unit starting at approximately $450,000, said Developer Ed Schwarz at the townhome’s second neighborhood meeting. Each two-story unit includes a two-car garage, private garden and sundeck. The Halifax 100 Townhomes will also retain part of the old church and steeple and incorporate it into the clubhouse for the development. The rest of the property will be demolished to make room for the units.
Schwarz said he hopes the development will be very upscale and in-tune with the beachside in Ormond Beach. He described the area as the “sweet spot” of Ormond Beach due to its proximity to the Oceanside Country Club and other shopping and dining along Granada Boulevard.
“It’s all so nice and that’s what is very attractive to a lot of people,” Schwarz said.
Residents of the Orchard neighborhood, which is directly behind the church lot, raised concerns during the neighborhood meeting about water runoffs, foot traffic and the future townhome’s sundecks looking into their yard. The church lot sits on a small hill, and the neighboring properties toward the rear of the lot are about three-feet lower.
One issue the neighborhood meeting discussed in detail was the addition of a fence toward the rear of he property to make sure the residents do not receive unnecessary foot traffic. Schwarz proposed the area be heavily landscaped to increase privacy for both the residents of Orchard Lane and the Halifax 100 Townhomes.
A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said she’d like the development to have more grassy areas to help with the water that will naturally flow down the hill from the townhomes to their properties during heavy rains. Another voiced concerns over the two proposed rear townhomes in the development that will be less than 25 feet away from the driveway of her home. Whoever lives in those townhomes will be able to see clearly into her property from their sundecks.
“When you add 50, 60, 70 people right here without some kind of a barrier, then you add that with the higher buildings with the location of my property—it’s trying,” she said. “It’s trying because we’re a small intimate community.”
Schwarz, who is currently undergoing approval for the development, hopes to work toward getting a building permit this year and start presales for the units. If all goes well, he hopes to break ground by the beginning of next year.
“By this time next year, it will all be completed,” Schwarz said.