DR. PHILLIPS Locals at the Nov. 18 meeting at Sand Lake Elementary said they were prepared to fight any problems they had with a proposal for development around Lake Ruby.
But once they heard the proposal, one resident remarked that there was nothing to fight about.
VHB Inc. developers presented a plan to construct about 125 luxury homes on 17 specific acres at a 160-acre site at 7701 Palm Parkway, citing a desire to avoid adding apartments or excess traffic in the area. They are requesting a change in the future land use from Activity Center uses to Low-Medium Density Residential — 10 dwelling units per acre. This would drop their number of units from 850 to 400, and that change would have to affect the whole parcel as a legality. Developer Jim Hall said the change would be necessary to legally avoid a minimum development requirement of about 850 units.
The area would consist mainly of houses priced between $600,000 and $800,000, as well as town homes in the $400,000 to $600,000 range. The developers would forfeit their current ability to put commercial or office space in.
“There are some three-story town homes that are occurring now that would be probably 40 to 45 feet, but they’re out here next to Palm Parkway,” Hall said. “It’s next to the 14-story building. We don’t really see it being that big of a deal.”
Lake Ruby serves as a retention pond for the area.
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