68 Acres Off Nine Mile Rezoned For 570 Single, Multi Family Dwellings

January 4, 2014

The Escambia County Commission has approved rezoning about 68 acres behind the John R. Jones Athletic Complex on Nine Mile Road from outdoor recreational to urban residential.

Smart Living, LLC of Huntsville wants to build 570 single and multifamily units on the land — which will require further permits and reviews from the county before construction can begin.

The entrance to the development, if approved, will be on Topeka Road.


10 Responses to “68 Acres Off Nine Mile Rezoned For 570 Single, Multi Family Dwellings”

  1. jeeperman on January 6th, 2014 12:33 pm

    Your beefs with Nine Mile and Pine Forest south of Nine Mile lie with the state of Florida. Not county roads, they are state maintained roads.

  2. Neighbor on January 6th, 2014 7:58 am

    This is really disturbing. Topeka Road is a narrow, quite, dead end street. It connects to Chemstrand Road between 9 Mile and Johnson Avenue. Chemstrand Road will end up being the main artery for traffic and it can barely handle what it has now. A couple of people have been killed on Chemstrand in the last several years because it is poorly lit, open ditches (very close to the pavement in places) and NO sidewalks. When this project was first made public, the intention was to make Airway the access road. It is an improvesd road with sidewalks and closed drainage. If Topeka is used, it will RUIN the existing neighborhood and cause untold traffic problems. Topeka will need sidewalks and other improvements as well. Make the developer PAY!

  3. Gene on January 4th, 2014 8:24 pm

    I attended State meet asking why 4 lane 9 mile from Pine forest to Mobile hwy when it so desperately needed between pine forest & 29?

    They sent me a letter this week not really answering my question, FDOT traffic 16600 compared to 24,600 you would think it was a no brainer?

    actually, only 8000 past Navy Fed.

    SO we 4 lane a hwy that has half the traffic and (Nay Fed to Mobile hwy) a 1/3 the traffic?


  4. Dennis on January 4th, 2014 8:08 pm

    I’m almost certain area resident is trying to get the commissioners to prevent the same thing happening on 9 Mile.

  5. Wharf Rat on January 4th, 2014 7:38 pm

    @ Mike: A lot of the local inhabitants of this area may not pick up jobs in this development, but they will have the chance to pick up a lot of things during the construction phase and after completion.

  6. area resident on January 4th, 2014 6:26 pm

    MB…I realize that. Just saying, this is where we shop, live, etc, please consider traffic before you build.

  7. Perry on January 4th, 2014 9:20 am

    @area resident, that’s a great idea; however, I’m not optimistic our County Commissioners (or DOT) will ever concern themselves with traffic flow in this county. Just look at Highway 29, 9 Mile Road, Airport Blvd, Davis Hwy to name a few. We keep adding more and more traffic and more and more unsynchronized traffic signals.

  8. MB on January 4th, 2014 8:29 am

    This is right behind NEP Ballpark, not very close to Pine Forest Rd?

  9. area resident on January 4th, 2014 7:45 am

    Dear Commissioners, PLEASE consider traffic flow when you permit these residences. There is a major traffic problem on Pine Forest between I-10 and Roberts Road right now because of the many new neighborhoods permitted off of 97 and 297. A little common sense would have helped when Pine Forest was widened. You gave us two lanes to get to work and only one to get home, and didn’t help at all north of Nine Mile! Getting in and out of the Publix parking lot is a joke, not to mention no turn lane for those shopping at Dollar General…BOTTLE NECK! We invite you to visit our area at 5pm on any given evening weeknight.

  10. Mike on January 4th, 2014 7:18 am

    8.3 houses an acre, sounds kinda tight…or cozy, depending on your point of view. I hear some city dwellers like the idea of having helpful, friendly neighbors close at hand. :)

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