Final OLF-8 Design Plan Accepted By Escambia Commission

June 5, 2021

The Escambia County Commission has accepted a final design for the OLF-8 property on Nine Mile Road.

The OLF-8 design is a consensus after months of discussion and debate about the balance between commercial, residential and community space on the 630-acre parcel.

The final “Adjusted Hybrid Plan” is a combination of commerce, residential and amenities. It 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.

The plan next goes to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for land use approval and to the planning board this summer for master plan code updates. With approval, the commission will vote on final approval for the OLF-8 Master Plan in early October.

To read the full 71 page OLF-8 plan, click or tap here.

In January 2019, Escambia County acquired OLF-8 in a land swap with the U.S. Navy for property in Santa Rosa County. The county hired DPZ CoDesign to develop the best plan for OLF-8, and the firm presented four plans ranging from a commerce park based concept to designs with a mix of commerce, residential and green space on the 500 plus acre site along Nine Mile Road in Beulah.

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15 Responses to “Final OLF-8 Design Plan Accepted By Escambia Commission”

  1. True Native on June 8th, 2021 8:22 pm

    @Chris. Chris for president 2024!!! Myself along with most true natives of NW Florida are with you Chris. Was a great great place until…..well we true locals know. And I want to thank the true locals that still let me out in traffic and those that thank me when I let them out and we don’t merge cheat around all the decent people waiting patiently in traffic jams, Chris when you become pres will you please make merge cheaters a crime and send them away or at least back to the rude part of the country they came from. Oh and same goes for the boaters that should NOT be allowed to operate a boat, SMH! If you don’t know boating etiquette, especially on a beautiful river, please go somewhere else, and stop littering the waters. Chris for pres!!! Make NW Florida great again!!

  2. Chris on June 6th, 2021 10:16 pm

    You obviously have no clue what your talking about. I’ve lived here my entire life with my family going back several generations and have never heard anyone call Beulah the “city dump”. Stop reading into what Wikipedia says. I don’t recall different landfills. They may have had different names however all are in about the same place. As for the swimming, my family owned a few thousand acres from behind Saufley Field all the way to Perdido Bay off Lillian. Used to swim and fish the area as a child. You may want to contact ECUA and IP about the millions of gallons per day they pump out there.
    As for your filthy money, most families would tell you to keep it and go back to wherever the heck you came from. Rather have things the way we had them. Go “clean up” somewhere else. Used to love driving Jeep’s out on Perdido, camping out, building bonfires with family and friends until our government lured you here with your ugly condos on our beautiful beaches. Talk about cleaning something up, clean yourselves from our beaches. Some of you have been here since they built them filthy things and think it’s your beach. Can’t wait for the rubber band to go back the other way in this country.

  3. TJ on June 6th, 2021 2:15 pm

    Progress however what a dysfunctional process. I am not proud of what happened here even though I like the result. Speaking of progress, if we could get flashing yellow left turn lights at all our intersections like every other city has gone to I would be a happy camper. Nothing more aggravating then sitting at a left turn and no oncoming traffic but you can’t turn. I have seen one at Muscogee road and Hwy 29 in cantonment. Left turn signal turns Green, then Red. Then starts flashing Yellow so if traffic is clear you can make a left turn on flashing yellow left turn.

  4. Keveo on June 6th, 2021 12:44 pm

    Wow.. When I use to visit back in the early 80s all the locals called Beulah the city dump. I think 3 landfills out in that rural country side at the time and one was a SUPER FUND site. I guess all the pennies spent for cheap land out yonder and families raised are now being paid off by the Yankees, yuppies, and urban hipsters, not to mention local government and developers cleaning the place up…? Just dont let your kids swim or even put their feet in the Perdido River south of 9 mile or Eleven Mile Creek south of Mobile Hwy…

  5. SueB on June 6th, 2021 12:42 pm

    @ Kelly & @ Chris
    How true. Property on Bauer Rd is being built up plus the Westside Sports Complex bought by a crooked County Commissioner that was removed by the Governor and then hired back. How true it’s all Yankees, yuppies, and urban hipsters, not to mention local government and developers.

  6. Chris on June 5th, 2021 8:38 pm

    And why wouldn’t they cry ? Their quiet little country community has turned into a circus in less than a decade to suit Yankees, yuppies, and urban hipsters, not to mention local government and developers. In fact, the only people it didn’t help were those who invested every penny, people born and raised there, and others who chose that way of life only to be robbed by the “progress” of the greedy. Obviously we know which one you are.

  7. Life Is Good on June 5th, 2021 7:52 pm

    So glad to se the plan coming together. Already planning on buying a townhome for retirement. Pensacola heading in the right direction. Of course lets get the roads and traffic plans 10-20 years ahead instead of 10- 20 years behind.

  8. LOGAN KNOWLES on June 5th, 2021 12:15 pm

    They don’t need any more residential property there are mutiple neighborhoods with hundreds of house’s being built as we speak. 9 mile road is going to be completely backed up unless they open frank reader road to be an interstate on ramp to releave the local traffic going down 9 mile road during the start of the day and end of the day

  9. Kelly on June 5th, 2021 12:13 pm

    …and the people of Beulah cried(even more than they normally do). You should see their community FB group. Nothing but tears about everything. They want to stay in the 1800’s out here.

  10. J.Larry Seale on June 5th, 2021 10:14 am

    just more traffic for nine mile road…….

  11. No one Inpaticular on June 5th, 2021 9:44 am

    Well I guess it is easy enough to see who owns the county commissioners and it certainly isn’t the people. (Unless you are a developer)

  12. Beulah Boy on June 5th, 2021 8:20 am

    Let the building begin….right after 9 Mile Rd is completed…uh huh…

  13. Cantonment resident on June 5th, 2021 8:18 am

    May not be the best plan made but at least it includes some mixed use development, that should help with traffic to some degree.

  14. Bill on June 5th, 2021 8:15 am

    I’m so glad we bought land for an industrial park. Will they name this industrial park “Milestone West” ?

  15. SueB on June 5th, 2021 7:11 am

    Life is good for District 1 County Commissioners plus back pay for retirement then run for Governor.

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