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Planning board approves zoning change for potential restaurant, hotel at I-95 and State Road 100

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The proposed change will also come before the Palm Coast City Council for a vote.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

A vacant plot of land at the southwest corner of Interstate 95 and State Road 100 in Palm Coast may soon host a restaurant and three hotel buildings.

The Palm Coast Planning and Land Development Regulation Board at its Wednesday, Oct. 21 meeting voted in favor of a zoning change from agricultural to high-intensity commercial to allow for new businesses on a 1.1-acre parcel of land near the intersection, and voted for a comprehensive plan amendment to change the land's future-land-use-map designation from greenbelt to mixed use. The board's vote itself doesn't finalize the changes: The proposals must still go before the City Council for a vote at a public meeting.

A city staff analysis report said that although MPC Lots hadn't submitted a timeline, "The owner of the site is ready to move forward with development of the site with a mixture of non-residential uses which may include general retail, professional services, office, hotel, and restaurants."

The small parcel in question, which sits just west of the southbound I-95 entrance ramp, borders 9.4 acres of mixed-use land at the I-95 and S.R. 100 intersection, owned by the same company, MPC Lots, LLC. MPC Lots wants to develop the 9.4-acre plot and predicts the development to spill over into the 1.1-acre parcel. 

"This is simply ... to allow a little more room; as you see at the far right of the conceptual drawing, which has a restaurant at the top and three hotel buildings, it spills over outside of the land that is currently mixed use," Tony Robbins, representing MPC Lots, told the board at the meeting. "It is merely to enable us ... to have a safe and effficient circualtion system for the vehicles, and the proper landscaping."

A new hotel would help Palm Coast accommodate visitors coming in for large regional events, Robbins said. "Time after time, folks coming in from Octoberfest were sent to Ormond Beach, or to Daytona, because there's no room (in Palm Coast hotels)," he said. The MPC Lots proposal, he said, would "take advantage of this highly visual, highly useful commercial corridor in your city," along State Road 100 near I-95.

There is already a Hampton Inn and Suites and a Holiday Inn Express on the southeast corner of that intersection. 

A Palm Coast city staff analysis report said that although MPC Lots hadn't submitted a timeline, "The owner of the site is ready to move forward with development of the site with a mixture of non-residential uses which may include general retail, professional services, office, hotel, and restaurants."

City staff backed the proposed changes, and the board approved both of them unanimously. No one spoke about the proposed changes during the meeting's public comment period.

"You'll have an increase in development potential for that parcel," Senior Planner Jose Papa told the board. "The proposed amendment is consistent the existing land use designations ... along State Road 100."

The 1.1 acre-parcel is part of a larger, densely wooded 108-acre parcel owned by MPC Lots. The larger parcel backs up against a number of residential U-Section streets and is bordered on its north side by the wooded, 9.4-acre Seminole Woods Business Park property, also owned by MPC Lots, LLC,  and by the Flagler Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership.

The 1.1-acre parcel itself borders the I-95 southbound entrance ramp and the Seminole Woods Business Park property, but not S.R. 100 or any residential streets.

Papa told board members that the proposal is not expected to harm area wildlife or any high-quality wetlands. The application for the zoning and future-land-use-map changes includes a site-specific policy that would limit development on the parcel to 10,500 square feet and prohibit residential development, according to the city staff report.

 

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