Redstone Commons development in limbo until city upgrades sewer line

Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 03:31 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A 283-home development off Redstone Avenue is in limbo until city officials can upgrade a sewer line serving south central Crestview.

The City Council will receive a report at its Dec. 9 meeting to consider before deciding.

The line, an integral part of the proposed Crestview Power Center shopping mall and Redstone Commons housing development, must be upgraded from its current 8-inch diameter to a 15-inch line, attorney Scott Shirley, the city's special staff counsel on the project, told city leaders at their Nov. 25 meeting.

Enlarging the line, which is close to capacity, would facilitate development in the area on either side of State Road 85, just north of Interstate 10.

A partnership between the city, developer D.R. Horton, Beach Community Bank of Fort Walton Beach and Watkins developers, with the intent to upgrade the line, fell apart this summer when Watkins abruptly withdrew from the project.

Watkins planned to build the Crestview Power Center. A subsequent developer interested in the project has cut off contact with the city. D.R. Horton is building Redstone Commons.

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