Affordable, but high quality

A conceptual design of a proposed apartment complex in West Ocala will soon begin the approval process to take it a few steps closer to becoming reality.

The proposed apartment complex, called Crystal Park Apartments, is planned for the 13-acre northwest corner lot at  Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest Blitchton Road, across from Capris Furniture Industries. As it is now, the complex would provide 130 new apartments ranging in price from $750 to $1,000 a month for families in the area.

Fred Roberts, of the real estate law firm Klein & Klein, presented the conceptual plans to community members at a meeting Thursday at the Lillian Bryant Community Center. He said the complex’s plan would maximize green space while providing residents with the amenities they need.

He called them “affordable but high-quality” apartments.

The complex would be accessed by one entrance on Northwest 27th Avenue to provide better security. Roberts said some traffic patterns on that road may need to be rearranged to allow for left turns into the complex.

Twenty buildings of six to eight units would be placed strategically on the property. Roberts said some units could be multi-story and maybe even provide an enclosed garage, but he wasn’t sure the bedroom number ranges. He said there likely won’t be many — if any — one-bedroom units available. A market needs study will determine the unit size ranges.

A walking path is proposed for the perimeter of the complex.

The complex will be served by Ocala water and sewer and include a few retention ponds to help with storm water. The ponds will also provide nice green space, Roberts said.

The project could be developed in two phases if need be. The first phase would develop the north end of the property, which includes eight buildings and two retention ponds in the conceptual design. The southern phase could come at a later date, Roberts said.

Crystal Park Apartments’ conceptual design will need to be approved by Ocala City Council before more concrete plans and studies are put in place.

The apartment complex will be in front of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission at 5 p.m. Monday in council chambers at City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. If the commission approves the plans, they will be presented to City Council on Sept. 11 and Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. in council chambers.

Contact Katie Pohlman at 867-4065, or @katie_pohlman.