L&V Sutton Investments has been planning to construct a new development in the city of Ocala, but one major obstacle remains in its way.
The company's plans to build a new community consisting of 52 multi-family units currently hinge on the Ocala Planning and Zoning Commission agreeing to rezone the area at the intersection of SE 30th Avenue and SE 18th Street, situated in the southeastern area of the town. The area is currently designated as an office district (O-1) and BAB Quality Homes, working in tandem with property owner L&V Sutton Investments, is hoping for the city to change the designation of the area to multi-family residential (R-3).
Working in favor of L&V Sutton Investments are a couple of different factors. The lack of multi-family housing in the area for Ocala residents could be pointed to as a need to have the property rezoned. In addition, there are three different schools located close by where the multi-family development would be built: Maplewood Elementary School, Osceola Middle School, and Forest High School.
After the case to recategorize the property is presented to the Ocala Planning and Zoning Commission, which will then make its recommendation to present to the Ocala City Council. The case will then go to the city council, which will have final say in the matter.