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Arden at Brooksville – apartment complex planned

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The first reading of a rezoning ordinance for a new apartment complex has been approved by the Brooksville city council. The 21.8-acre property is located on the south side of Cortez Blvd, just west of Broad Street. It is situated just north of Bonnie Lake Drive, between Candlelight Boulevard and Emerald Springs Way.

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There was no information available on the estimated time to begin construction. Currently zoned Planned Development Project (PDP), the zoning change will amend this designation to Planned Development Project – Residential (PDP-R).

The Brooksville City Council approved the rezoning of the property at the March 21, 2022 regular meeting.

Susan Swift, who represents Brooksville Partners Florida, LLC, and DBI Realty, LLC described the planned development as capable of housing 360 multi-family units with an onsite office/clubhouse. Recreational features include a pool, pickleball courts, tot lot, dog park, BBQ grills, a gazebo, and a nature trail.

Other amenities include bicycle parking, carports with solar roofs, and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

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The developed site is expected to have 22.3% open space. Swift commented that when the lake is considered, it increases to “more than half the site.”

Swift described the location as “very walkable to shopping and jobs.” It also has excellent access as Cortez Blvd is a 4-lane divided arterial road. Transit service is available, and the space “respects and integrates the natural resources to increase views, recreation areas and open spaces.”

She also described a deviation from the original plan as “visually more interesting than the prior linear plan.” Fewer buildings, and various sizes and shapes of the planned buildings. “We tried to meander the buildings rather than make them more linear… really trying to focus on the lake and the wetlands.”

The complex is expected to offer 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, however, dimensions and rental prices were not available at this meeting. 36 garage spaces will be available.

Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil
Lisa MacNeil is a reporter for the Hernando Sun as well as a business technology developer, specializing in website development, content management systems, and data analysis.
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