MIRAMAR BEACH – Davis Development, an Atlanta-based apartment building developer and management company that describes itself as a developer of “high-end, luxury apartments with the best of amenities,” works with Destin-based The. together Garden of Destin Inc. on a proposed large mixed-use development in Miramar Beach.
The proposed Botanic Miramar Beach development would be on 25 acres now occupied by the Golf Garden, nine-hole golf course, driving range, and miniature golf course on 12958 US Highway 98.
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As currently envisaged, Botanic Miramar Beach would include 321-apartment living space along with a 5,000-square-foot convenience store selling gasoline, a 4,209-square-foot fast food restaurant, and 16,544-square-foot retail space.
The plan is to develop the project in two phases.
The proposal is slated for its first county government review on Wednesday as the county technical review committee reviews the plan. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in the county government boardroom at 842 State Road 20 E. Freeport.
The session, which will be limited to discussing the technical aspects of the proposed development to determine if it is ready for later review by the District Planning Commission and, ultimately, the District Commissioners’ Committee, will also be available on the district website and on YouTube.
District officers will make the final decision on a development contract for Botanic Miramar Beach, although it is currently impossible to determine when that decision will be made. It is possible for the proposal to appear before the Technical Review Committee and Planning Commission several times for clarification of details before it is presented to the commissioners.
At one time, Walton County had been pursuing a proposed purchase of the entire 35 acres of Golf Garden. But, given concerns that the purchase might not be an appropriate use of the bed tax dollars being considered to fund the transaction, the county ended up buying just a 10-acre section at the north end of the property.
Bed tax is a 5% tax on accommodation levied on visitors to the southern end of the county. The tax brings in millions of dollars annually, much of which is used to market the county to prospective visitors and fund a lifeguard program.
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According to documents submitted with the application for a development contract for Botanic Miramar Beach, the residential component of the project has a building density of 16.59 units per acre, slightly less than the 17 units per acre allowed by district regulations.
Other interesting points in the documents are the determination of the district’s planning staff that the proposal is compatible with the requirements of the district’s comprehensive development plan and land development law.
In other recent development-related news along U.S. Highway 98 at Miramar Beach, the County Commission declined to grant a development contract for a proposed 105-room WoodSprings suite on a 2.33-acre lot on the south side of the highway about a. from 800 m west of the planned Botanic Miramar Beach location.
This decision came after local residents raised concerns about hotel guests using their neighborhoods as walking trails to the beaches, among other things.
Davis Development has a number of properties in central and south Florida that are either under development or operational, but Botanic Miramar Beach is the first in northwest Florida.
Davis Development has multi-family residential communities in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas.