DeBary acquires land near SunRail station in Central Florida

December 20, 2015

By Austin Fuller, The Daytona Beach News-Journal

DEBARY — The city is acquiring property to potentially help with public-private partnerships near the SunRail station.Website Insert Out of the Box Thinking copy

The City Council Wednesday night first agreed to pay $350,000 for 5.59 acres at 450 S. Shell Road and then immediately agreed to trade it for roughly 3 acres of property, at 546 S. Shell Road, which is currently home to a discount propane business and is closer to the SunRail station.

Staff recommended the trade in order to help with public-private partnerships in the area near the station. The property the city traded for is under one-third of a mile from the station.

Roger Van Auker, the city’s transit-oriented development director, declined to disclose information if such a partnership is in the works.

“The highest and best use for that property is to be assembled through adjacent properties or to be used as a part of the city putting some skin in the game to also entice developers in to move on it,” he said.

William and Catherine Allen made the trade with the city, the agreement shows.

The City Council approved the deals with little conversation, with the items taking up just over three minutes.

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