Tallahassee Reports has learned that J.T Burnette, a successful Tallahassee businessman, has signed an agreement to purchase the 35 acres of the “North Nine” golf course that is at the center of a redevelopment debate.
The sale is contingent on a number of parameters, which includes a rezoning of the property to allow for residential development.
The current rezoning application, submitted by Killearn Country Club owner Barton Tuck, seeks an urban development designation that allows for 10 units/acre.
However, Burnette told TR that his plans are to develop an over 55 deed restricted community with approximately 135 units – this is about 4 units/acre.
The City Commission is scheduled to take up the issue on April 4th. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the original application in a 3-2 vote earlier this year.
There have been reports that Mr. Tuck was considering an elder care unit for the development. However, Burnette’s proposal includes only residential properties.
The lay out of the new homes attempts to address a major concern for the homeowners that will border the development by providing a minimum 125 foot buffer.
“I am a local guy. This project needs to look like Killearn Estates single family homes with greenways protecting the existing homeowners not a three story 300 unit apartment complex. I want to do what I can do make the club work given the current financial realities. I am not responsible for where the situation is now, but I think I can help move things forward in a positive way”, said Burnette.
Burnette told TR that the success of his project is tied to the construction of a new club house with amenities that will help the Killearn Country Club be successful.
“I am committed to using my own resources if required, to ensure Mr. Tuck facilitates his obligations with the construction of a new club house that meets the high standards of Killearn Estates,” said Burnette.
Mr. Burnette, who is probably best known for his purchase, re-development, and selling of Hotel Duval, has a number of business interests in Tallahassee. He has owned restaurants, mixed-use developments and was the force behind the downtown Gateway building.
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