The new owners of the former Center for Spiritual Living property will take a second shot at building residences there.
Urban Design Communities [UDC] wants to build 100 units on the property, located at Northeast 15 Avenue and Northeast 26 Street – 22 villas and 88 condos.
Kathy Koch, president of Ambit Advertising and Public Relations, which spoke on behalf of UDC, said the units would be priced starting in the $600,000 range and, if approved by the commission, would be open for occupancy in 2019.
Yesterday, May 3, UDC was scheduled to go before the city’s Development Review Committee to request a zoning change from commercial/community service zoning to residential. Final approval would be up to the commission.
In 2013, UDC presented a 72-unit rental apartment development to the city. That was a reduction of the original 150-unit complex it proposed. The 72-unit project was given initial approval by the commission but officials said they only did so to allow UDC to reduce the project further and come back for a final vote.
That vote never happened because church officials sued UDC soon after, claiming they had taken too long to get approval. UDC never came back to the commission. The lawsuit was eventually settled and the property was sold to UDC.
Members of the East Neighborhood Association spoke out against the project, saying they were worried it was too dense and that rental apartments were not right for their neighborhood.
Koch said UDC has invested in the city since 2009 with its remodeling of apartment buildings on Powerline Road and is ready to do more. “This is a great location and one of the last big parcels in Wilton Manors. The developers feel they can bring something special to the property. A market study indicated that prospective buyers ranked an environmentally sustainable building as one of their top considerations. The project will be LEED certified as well as beautiful.”