Design Firm Presents New OLF-8 Hybrid Concept During Virtual Town Hall (With Video)

March 3, 2021

The design firm that is working to create an master plan for the OLF-8 site in Beulah held a virtual town hall Tuesday night to present their latest mixed use concept.

On February 18, DPZ CoDesign first presented the new plan to the Escambia County Commission with a combination of commerce, residential and amenities (pictured bottom). The “Adjusted Hybrid Plan” allocates 271 acres to commerce and industrial; 61 acres to residential including duplexes, townhomes and multifamily; 47 acres to a mixed-use center such as residential over retail and office over retail; and 45 acres to trails and public amenities such as a post office, school, day care and community garden.

DPZ presented the plan to the public during the virtual meeting, allowing residents a chance to ask questions and present feedback. Participants were asked to complete a four questions survey, and those results are below. The number of people that took part in the survey was not announced with the results.

Video of the meeting is below; skip ahead to about 5:30 for the beginning of the nearly three hour town hall.

“We are optimistic this new compromise plan will have the political support to move forward into the next phase of the project,” said Marina Khoury, of DPZ CoDesign. “We value continued public engagement and community input.”

The county commission will discuss OLF-8 again at their next meeting.


10 Responses to “Design Firm Presents New OLF-8 Hybrid Concept During Virtual Town Hall (With Video)”

  1. S on March 4th, 2021 8:07 am

    1- Bergosh isn’t listening. He still has pipedreams of Airbus swooping in to settle here in Pensacola. (See article in pnj from years ago)
    2- This really, really shouldn’t be a commercial park. This large area of land has the potential to become a beautiful city center. I wish that more people would get involved in this.
    3. To the person above who complained about lack of low income housing, you don’t want that out here. There’s no public transportation support/infrastructure. That will cost $$.

  2. MR REALITY on March 3rd, 2021 10:09 pm

    I dont see any section 8 or low income housing….WE DONT COUNT IN ALL THIS????

  3. D in Beulah on March 3rd, 2021 9:31 pm

    If you want opinions, take a survey while people are in the traffic backed up on 9 Mile Rd and Beulah Rd. Would you rather have a majority of land devoted to commerce or 1900 residences with 2 to 4 drivers from each pouring into 9 Mile and Beulah Rd with you every day? Other good locations to gather written input would be in front of Publix and Walmart. I think you would get a lot more “citizen of Beulah” participation, as opposed to just coming from those who might participate in an on-line forum. Yes, some retail, government space for a post office and school, and parks are great. Even SOME residential is fine, but the whole purpose of obtaining the property was for commerce. You can build houses later if commerce doesn’t come, but you can’t clear out the houses later for commerce. The building code was changed to accommodate higher density housing in Beulah several years ago and there is still a whole lot of land away from I-10 which can be used for housing. Don’t bait and switch without giving commerce and jobs other than just retail a chance.

  4. Well on March 3rd, 2021 8:59 pm

    Maybe a Cheese factory to go with all the Whine.

  5. db on March 3rd, 2021 9:53 am

    We don’t want it. You clowns have already ruined the 9 mile rd/beulah area.
    Take your crooked deals and pound sand.
    Beulah people, is your county official REALLY representing you?

  6. Lewis T on March 3rd, 2021 9:15 am

    I didn’t see anything about a park. Any new developed area in Escambia county needs to allocate a certain percentage of the development for a park. These hundreds of acres don’t do that. What’s a garden how big is the garden will it have a pond a place for people to come and enjoy themselves for a day. All these developments in Escambia county none of them do that they just use every piece of property so they can get property taxes from it.

  7. Me on March 3rd, 2021 9:09 am

    I agree with M in Bratt! But, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties need to get their priorities straight! I hate it for the people who wind up getting their properties split by roads but dadgummit, they keep building, building, building to the same ol’ small, already cramped road system we have! Make the firm that is behind this responsible for helping monetarily with adding more and wider roads!

  8. aaron on March 3rd, 2021 9:08 am

    hey @ jeff bergosh

    you seeing this? do you have a pulse?

    people don’t want your massive industrial park. 100 acres OR less.

    maybe find somewhere or someone else to line your pockets you bum!

  9. M in Bratt on March 3rd, 2021 7:22 am

    Our roads and infrastructure are already past their capacity, so let’s hurry and do some more development that will enrich the fat cats, and put more of a burden on existing infrastructure and services. Common sense would dictate that they put a moratorium on new development until a plan is brought forward to put in some limited access road corridors to get traffic across the county. Their answer to traffic problems now is to add a few lanes, and a bunch of traffic signals which only accomplishes having more parking for cars stuck in the traffic jams. Wake up Escambia County, look to the future instead of trying to catch up from mistakes of the past.

  10. JTV on March 3rd, 2021 5:32 am

    Poor Beulah, quaint, quiet, now an activity of crap.

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