The city council approved several developments on Monday night to help Crestview grow. A new residence area and two new medicial facilites are on their way to the city. The council also approved the new Chief of Police.
CRESTVIEW — The City Council heard and approved the second reading of an ordinance on Monday night that would add several new residences to the area.
The ordinance deals with 48 acres located near the intersection of Valley Road and East First Avenue near Walker Elementary School. A small home, constructed in 1956, currently sits on the property, but the proposed plans call for the removal of the older home to make way for 96 new townhomes and 26 two-story apartment buildings. The apartment buildings would total 208 separate units.
The ordinance was a part of a comprehensive plan for three areas of land in the city, but was separated as its own entity. The separation came because of unforeseen complication beyond the city’s control. Prior to the separation, the council had viewed the plan twice.
The separate ordinance for the land on Valley Road was reviewed during a first reading at July 22 city council meeting.
“This is something we have seen before, so we are very familiar with it,” Mayor J.B. Whitten said.
Now that the ordinance has been adopted, development can occur on the property.
The other two property ordinances that were part of the original plan are still in the works, according to City Manager Tim Bolduc, but the city was asked to hold off on bringing them to the council until extra work can be done for the ordinance.
In other business, the council approved two medical facility projects for construction.
The first facility will be a 13,900 square feet orthopedic office built on State Road 85 just north of Antioch Road. The second facility will be an 8,850 square feet vascular care facility built on Covell Road behind North Okaloosa Medical Center.
The council also approved the appointment of Stephen McCosker as the new Crestview Police Chief. McCosker was announced as the city manager’s choice for the position last week.
"We are excited about this hire," Bolduc said. "We're ready to hit the ground running."
McCosker’s official start date is set for Sept. 4.