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A proposed 246-unit "higher-end" apartment community is moving forward on a plot of land on the eastern side of Old Kings Road about third of a mile north of its intersection with State Road 100.
The Palm Coast City Council voted 3-1 at a March 1 council meeting to approve a master site plan for the development, called The Tribute.
Councilman Branquinho was the dissenting vote, saying he objects to high-density developments.
"I have a problem with high density," Branquinho said. "My problem is not [housing type] diversity. But I do have a problem with high density."
The Tribute would have a density of 11 units per acre. The city's multifamily zoning district allows for up to 12 units per acre.
The development is named as a tribute to the historic Old Kings trail, which borders the property, said Neel Stacy, representing developer Ravenshill Holdings.
The City Council's decision to approve the apartment community's site plan follows a unanimous vote in favor of the development by the Palm Coast Planning and Land Development Regulation Board on Feb. 16.
"Our research shows that Palm Coast is woefully short of these types of units."
— NEEL STACY
The gated, fenced community will feature an Old Florida architectural style, mostly white with bronze and black trim.
"It would be a very nice white with very nice, dark accent colors," Stacy said.
Landscaping will feature native north Florida plants, he said — more crepe myrtles and live oaks than palms.
There will be seven apartment buildings: five three-story buildings and two four-story ones. The tallest buildings will be just under 60 feet tall.
The units would be a mix of one-bedroom units (some of them with a den), two bedroom units and three-bedroom units.
A total of 77 will be one-bedroom, Stacy said.
"Our research shows that Palm Coast is woefully short of these types of units," Stacy said.
The units, designed to appeal to retirees, will have extra closet and storage space.
The apartment buildings would look out over Graham Swamp, a retention pond or a 15-acre lake to be called "Kings Lake," which will be the focal point of the development, with seating areas and a fire pit, Stacy said.
"We're going to really utilize that to be a nice gathering area where you can meet your neighbors and congregate," he said.
The community would have a 5,000-square-foot clubhouse with a pool, fitness center and coffee area near the development's entrance.
There would also be a gazebo, trail system and two dog parks — one on the development's east side and one on its north side.
The community's main entrance would be in the development's southwestern corner, near the clubhouse, while an emergency access would be in the northwestern corner.
The development would have electric car charging stations between its garages.
It would cover 20.27 acres. About 2 acres of the site are wetland areas.
The proposed apartment complex is surrounded by land that is zoned neighborhood commercial. The nearest residential community is Hidden Lakes, about one mile north.
The development's technical site plan will go before city staff for approval and will not require the approval of the City Council.