It looks like shoppers and foodies will have more options along Dunlawton Avenue soon.
The City of Port Orange is about to have a new and large commercial building built on the north side of Dunlawton near the Super Target east of Interstate 95.
City Council members voted unanimously Feb. 6 to approve the second reading of an ordinance paving the way for the construction of a more than 10,000 square foot facility on what is currently an overflow parking lot at Port Orange Gateway Center.
Mayor Don Burnette said he was skeptical of the project at first because he thought it might add even more traffic to what is already one of the most congested parts of the city, but the developer, Ferber Co. Inc. of Ponte Vedra Beach, managed to ease his concerns.
“I think the developer did a very good job of working with us,” Mayor Burnette said. “It’s not really going to put that much traffic on Dunlawton Avenue.”
The buyer of the lot, 2017 Yorktown Port Orange LLC, from Target Corp. has agreed to pay $70,000 for traffic flow improvements in that area, with the money to be spent at the city's discretion.
Ferber also pledged to work with fellow tenants at Gateway Center to make any traffic flow improvements to the four-way stop near the Dunlawton entrance, something Mayor Burnette said would be a big help.
“That four-way stop is nuts,”the mayor said. “I’m not sure what they can do, but I’d like to see them try something.”
The council also agreed across the board in a separate vote to legally separate that overflow lot, just south of the Chick-Fil-A, from the Super Target, creating a space of just over two acres, which should hold 89 parking spaces along with the new building.
That move leaves 765 parking spaces for Super Target shoppers once construction is finished, but they will have to share the same road access along Dunlawton and Yorktowne Boulevard with whoever uses the yet-to-be-built facility.
Construction should begin sometime in early March and wrap up by the end of the year, with at least four businesses setting up shop at the new building once it’s done. Among them are a jewelry store, First Watch, a California-based breakfast and lunch chain restaurant, and a dental office.
City documents show any sort of drive-through restaurant will not be permitted at that location, something Mayor Burnette felt was important to keep traffic congestion manageable. Traditional restaurants will be allowed, as will a brewery, a microbrewery or a craft food location.
Other types of businesses the city will allow there include appliance, financial, furniture, medical, office supplies and retail along with personal and professional services.
Upham Inc. of Ormond Beach is the engineer of record for the project.
The City Council is expected to discuss a fair share agreement related to the project when it meets again March 6.