Oakland approves final Hull Island plat

M/I Homes has started construction on close to a dozen homes in the town’s newest westside neighborhood.

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The Oakland Town Commission has given its final approval to the plans for Hull Island at Oakland. This vote, during the commission’s May 28 meeting, included documents outlining the new neighborhood’s homeowners’ association.

The M/I Homes community of 110 single-family dwellings will lie on 73 acres with an amenity area, conservation space and two parks — Lakeside Park and Karst Park. The town of Oakland and Oakland Nature Preserve have been working with M/I Homes to plan the park space and associated pier.

Multiple changes — at the Town Commission’s request — have been made since the project first was presented to the commission in 2017. Among them, the width of the lakefront lots was changed from 65 feet to a minimum of 80 feet, several lots were eliminated in the plans to save a number of large trees, and the developer agreed to make traffic improvements along Simeon Road and Hull Island Drive.

A marker placed previously in honor of the Hull family at Hull Island’s entrance will remain and be incorporated into the entrance to the subdivision, as well.



• The Oakland Town Commission awarded the bid for the Oakland wastewater collection and transmission system to Valencia Construction Group Inc. in the amount of $426,578. This will further the town’s sewer initiative. Staff had elected to create one project with two separate components: the West Oakland Avenue Extension and the Cemetery Extension.

• The commission approved the purchase and sale agreement of vacant property at 151 Tubb St., which lies in the Town Center. The $195,000 price tag is above appraisal, according to Town Manager Steve Koontz, but the town expects to use the property for future development as an amenity for residents. Administrative Impact Fees are being used to fund part of the purchase.

• Mayor Kathy Stark read a proclamation declaring May 19-25 National Public Works Week and praised Public Works Director Mike Parker and his staff.

“I just don’t think that people understand the depth of the dedication and hard work,” she said of the department.



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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