DUNEDIN — A downtown development project that was killed in February has a new life.
The three-story Plaza development of 18 condos and 20,000 square feet of retail space pitched for the middle of downtown was killed by the City Commission in February.
This month, developer Arlis Construction tried again with a new name, a new design and a more compatible plan. This time, the project cleared the commission on a 5-0 vote, with a final approval scheduled for Oct. 19.
The Courtyards on Main features 18 condos, 16,500 square feet of retail space, and a 49-space underground parking garage at the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue, which is now a city parking lot.
While dozens of residents spoke out against the project earlier this year, not one spoke against the new plan.
Preserve the Vibe founder Harry Steinman said this time the developer and architect asked residents for input. The new design includes a generous setback from the sidewalk; a stepback between the first and second floor that was not in the original plan; and architecture that matches the design of surrounding buildings with pastel colors and eclectic rooflines.
"They really went out of their way to recognize this is in the heart of Dunedin and to treat it with that sensitivity," Steinman said. "What they were responding to was the community's desire not to have an overwhelming, imposing monolith."