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Posted on May 7, 2015
The owner of the Killearn Estates Golf Course is seeking approval from the City of Tallahassee of a development agreement that will allow for the demolition of the Inn and protect the owner’s right to build a 60 bed memory care facility on the property.
The agenda was released on the City’s website today.
It appears that the developer is seeking to reserve the traffic and stormwater concurrency impacts for a period of five years even though he has no plans to operate an Inn on the property.
The language below is from the agenda item:
The developer has a longer-range plan to redevelop the Country Club, but would like to demolish the Inn now and reserve the traffic and stormwater concurrency impacts that would result from the Inn for a period of time in order to reconstruct it or another use at a later date. The developer has stated that there are currently no plans to operate an inn on the property.
The proposed agreement provides that the developer would maintain credit for the traffic and stormwater impacts associated with the Inn for a period of three years from approval of the agreement. That period could be extended by two years if a final development order (such as a site plan or building permit) is issued for development of the property. This would provide for the traffic and stormwater credit to remain available for up to five years.
If not an Inn then what?
Tallahassee Reports has reviewed documents that are part of the ongoing lawsuit that indicate the developer is planning to build a 60 bed assisted living facility. In an email dated January 13, 2015, a real estate representative informs Barton Tuck, the golf course owner:
“Attached is the footprint for the memory care facility. They would have an interest in doing that and waiting out the deed restrictions to potentially do the apartments later.”
The concurrency rights reserved in the development agreement would be required to build the memory care facility.
City staff indicated that prior to any use of the reserved traffic and stormwater approvals, the developer would be required to go through the standard development review process, including a site plan review if applicable.
It is believed the “do the apartments later” refers to a proposed development on land where holes 7, 8 & 9 are now located.
Tallahassee Reports reached out to the Killearn Homeowners Association and a representative said he was not aware of the proposed development agreement.
TR will have more on this story tomorrow.