Hundreds of apartments could be coming to Port Orange

PORT ORANGE — Both sides of Reed Canal Road near Atlantic High School could see more multi-family housing complexes if two developers’ plans go through.

One apartment expansion that has been perched in limbo could be resurrected on the north side of Reed Canal road near Clyde Morris Boulevard. Across the street, a developer who has built multiple student housing projects statewide recently bought nearly 30 acres on the south side of the road and is looking to build 310 apartments there.

Crystal Lake may expand

The Legacy at Crystal Lake apartments could be expanding after a lull in building that lasted almost a decade.

Planning firm Harry Newkirk Engineering has been in talks with Port Orange planning staff to revive plans to build nearly 300 units around a former borrow pit off Reed Canal Road. According to city documents, plans for the roughly 20-acre property catty-corner to Atlantic High School between Clyde Morris and Nova Road, call for a 290-unit, multi-family complex inside the Crystal Lake planned unit development.

According to the city, current zoning permits the proposed use, since a site plan was approved for a 290-unit multi-family complex in 2015, but the permit expired.

New complex could be built

The Collier Companies — a student housing firm based in Gainesville — bought up multiple parcels for around $3.2 million in August of last year, according to the Volusia County Property Appraiser’s website.

The firm is “the largest privately owned provider of student housing in the nation,” according to its website. The Collier Companies lists at least 44 student housing communities in Gainesville, Ocala, Tallahassee, Orlando and other Florida locations as well as Norman, Oklahoma, and Athens and Statesboro, Georgia.

The project engineer was in talks with city staff this month to build a 310-unit multi-family complex on 29 acres on the south side of Reed Canal Road, between Clyde Morris Boulevard and Atlantic High School, city documents show.

While a majority of the property is zoned for multi-family, part is county land with agricultural zoning. The proposed development requires a zoning change and for a portion of the subject property to be annexed into Port Orange, city officials said. If both are approved, city officials expect a development application this spring.

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