A mostly barren plot of land near mile marker 50 could be the future site of 55 affordable housing units.
There are four duplexes on the nearly four-acre plot on 48th Street bayside that will potentially be demolished in preparation for the development, which would be called Casa De Palmas. Site plans show nine two-story buildings and four single-family lots, a pool and picnic area. A water retention area would separate the housing from U.S.
Developer Michael McPhillips of Keys Affordable Development has requested building rights for the 55 units and those allocations are granted by Monroe County.
Marathon Planning Director George Garrett said the city receives six affordable-housing permit allocations from the county each year but in this instance, Keys Affordable Development will most likely request all 55 from the county.
Every residence is an inherent permit allocation and if it’s demolished, the certificate represents the development right that remains with the structure. Brian Schmitt, owner of Key Vaca LLC, owns the four duplexes on 48th Street and said he will keep the allocations that go with those for possible future use.
If approved by the Marathon City Council, the 48th Street project would be the second in Marathon by Keys Affordable Development, which has been constructing 51 affordable housing units on 73rd Street oceanside.
Repeated phone calls to McPhillips were unanswered by press time, so more information on the Casa De Palmas homes, such as possible rents, was not yet available.
The project will be discussed at the city Planning Commission meeting Monday and the City Council meeting on Dec. 13. Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall at 98th Street and U.S. 1.
Katie Atkins: 305-440-3219