Tavares moves forward with plan to sell 6 acres for downtown townhouse development – GrowthSpotter
After receiving a unanimous recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Board, Tavares City Council voted on August 3 to move forward with rezoning and upgrading the future land use map, then sell some more from six acres to Cagan Management Group. Cagan plans to build 72 mark-to-market townhouses on the property, located north of East Caroline Street.
A second reading and public hearing are scheduled for 4 p.m. on August 17.
The sale of city property in Cagan depends on rezoning.
“This project is featured on the former parcel that was once occupied by the effluent disposal system for the city’s first sewage treatment plan,” said Ted Wicks, of Wick Engineering Services, representing Cagan. “It will be a medium-density development of 12 units per acre.”
Wicks said Cagan has a strong track record in the area that speaks for itself and will continue to manage the 3- and 2-bedroom townhouse complex once it’s built. He spoke of several other projects that Cagan has built and managed, including the Atwater I and Atwater II apartments and the Bristol Lake Apartments at Mount Dora. “It shows their position as a long-term starter. They have just been approved for another 300 units in Mount Dora so we have confidence that this project will move forward, it will be a great addition to the neighborhood,” he told the Planning and Zoning Board.
Nearby residents expressed concerns about traffic on East Caroline Street and the introduction of crime to the area. A nearby public housing complex caused problems for the nearby Lakeview Condominiums development, they said, and they don’t want that anymore. “We don’t want another place like this,” said Carl Sarver, president of Lakeview Condos.
Wicks assured them that the new complex would be closed and guarded and would not be subsidized housing. There will be nine two-story buildings.
Several residents spoke of traffic problems on East Caroline Street. Wicks told them that a traffic analysis would be done and if it was found that traffic from the new complex would impede traffic operations, Cagan would accommodate those needs.
“This is just our first step,” Wicks said. “We have many hurdles to overcome, including traffic analysis. If the level of service is deficient, we will have to remedy it. It’s a small filler project, but years ago we decided that Tavares would be a town” and this project meets all the requirements set out by the town, including land use planning regulations and requirements growth management.
The property is currently zoned Public Facilities District (PFD) and the city, which is the applicant in this case, wants it rezoned as Residential Multifamily (RMF-3).
The city has already approved the sale of the property subject to rezoning. The area is already a mix of multi-family and single-family residences.
The city is also looking to amend the future land use map to redesignate the property from Public Facility/Institutional (PUB) to High Density (HD) on the Future Land Use Map 2040.