Keep Downtown DeLand Vibrant

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Whereas; the proposal to redevelop the old jail (130 W New York Ave., DeLand, Florida) will take away 34 parking spaces on that site. And will also take away 38 spaces from the now-public parking lot on the south side of Georgia Avenue.

Whereas; the proposal also adds significant demand for parking due to construction of new buildings on the old jail site that will house 55 office workers on one floor, plus 10,000 square feet of retail, plus 10,000 square feet of innovation-center space. By its own formula, the city’s development regulations would normally require this project to provide more than 200 new parking spaces.

Whereas; this proposed development adds no new parking to replace the lost parking, nor accommodates the new demand for parking.

Be it known that; we, the undersigned, see this as a threat to the economic vitality of Downtown DeLand. We are particularly concerned about the adverse effect on the vibrancy of the businesses in and near the area bounded by Woodland Boulevard., New York Avenue., Florida Avenue, and Howry Avenue.

Therefore; we the undersigned favor completion of the surface parking lot (now planned in 2021 after the fire station is demolished) at the Northwest corner of the intersection of Florida Avenue. and Howry Avenue., before demolition of the old jail begins.

We also ask that the DeLand City Commission require the new development to build parking as specified in the city’s land-development regulations.