City council approves plans for nearly 600 apartments

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Posted July 22, 2021 | Ocala Gazette Staff

The Ocala City Council on Tuesday gave its unanimous approval to the development of a 360-unit apartment complex across from the College of Central Florida campus.

The nearly 35-acre property, located at 3527 SW 20th St., was approved for 116 homes in 2005. The owners, listed as Williamson Linda Ann Trust and Hillpointe, LLC, expanded the scope of the project.

Plans now call for 12 three-story apartment buildings. The conceptual plan for Pointe Grande also features a pool, clubhouse and 622 parking spaces.

In May, the council voted to transmit the proposed policy amendment required for the development to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for review. The DEO completed the review in June and had no comments.

The proposed Ocala complex would be just off Southwest 20th Street behind Paddock Villas, a deed-restricted community.

Hillpointe is based in Winter Park and lists Steven Campisi as its manager in filings with the state.

website detailing complexes either just opened or opening this year uses the same Winter Garden address, but spells the apartment complexes Pointe Grand. The site features several properties in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Apartments in Kingsland and Savanah Georgia are leasing and feature two-bedroom, two-bathroom floorplans ranging from $1,492 to $1,662 per month. Proposed rents for the Ocala project were not immediately available.

In other action:

The city council approved a zoning change for 23.18 acres in the 4000 block of Southwest 48th Ave. that would allow for a 320-unit apartment complex.

The council voted unanimously on Tuesday to change the zoning from office park and community business to multifamily residential.

The applicant is Thompson Thrift Development Inc., which specializes in luxury apartments, according to its website.

The company has residential properties around the country, including five in Florida under the Watermark brand.

This site is currently undeveloped and lies south of the Wynchase Townhomes subdivision.

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