City, St. Joe break ground on Pier Park Crossings
Beach housing continues to boom, with Pier Park Crossings on Wednesday becoming the third complex to break ground along U.S. 98 since September.
The lot just on North Pier Park Drive, just north of U.S. 98 between Frank Brown Park and Pier Park North will become a multi-family apartment community — as soon as early 2019. It follows Vantage Apartments Panama City Beach, which broke ground in September and are already partially occupied, and Hathaway Townhomes, for which groundwork has been lain and 162 units are planned.
Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas said Pier Park Crossings is another example of the city’s focus on families.
“These sorts of things will allow us to (support families),” he said of the complex, which is being build in partnership with the St. Joe Co. and HomeCorp, a management company that specializes in multi-family housing.
“St. Joe has been a good partner,” Thomas said. “They’ve honored every commitment they’ve made.”
The first phase of Pier Park Crossings will include 240 units, said Dan Velazquez, vice president of asset management for the St. Joe Co. Officials did not provide a cost for the project.
The gated community will feature multiple buildings with landscaping, metal roofs and screened porches. One- to three-bedroom apartments feature open floor plans with 9-foot ceilings, vinyl plank flooring and walk-in closets, according to a press release. Fully equipped handicap-accessible apartments also will be available.
Residents also will get to take a dive in the planned saltwater pool with a beach-like entrance. A clubhouse, theater, internet café and a fitness center also will be included.
“The amenities are intended to provide a complete community for those who are seeking quality construction, a gracious style of living and superior resident services,” Herbert Scheuer, a principal of HomeCorp, said in the release.
Tenants should be able to start leasing the apartments early next year, according to HomeCorp officials.
“We’re excited about the project and partnering with HomeCorp,” said St. Joe President Jorge Gonzalez. “We appreciate the long-term partnership we have with the City of Panama City Beach.”
Source: Panama City News Herald