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Brandon Evergreen Developments officially broke ground on its major south-end subdivision on Friday.
Located at 21 Willowcrest Ave., The Woods will add 196 residential units to the city’s housing market.
Developer Aaron Dubois was joined by many supporters at the ceremony, including City of Brandon officials.
"We’re pretty excited to be where we’re at and to bring our units to market," Dubois said. "So as far as we’re concerned, it’s a great day for us in Brandon."
The project has been several years in the making, and hit some hurdles along the way. Mayor Rick Chrest praised the developer for his "tenacity and stick-to-itiveness."
"Almost anybody could be in business when everything just kind of goes smooth and right … True business people really are the ones that can step back when things have a little bit of a bumpy track," Chrest said.
The 5.65-acre development will be located between 18th Street and Tracey Street, south of Sycamore Drive. The original plan, approved in 2014, was to develop 440 units on two properties — 21 Willowcrest Ave. and 1640 Sycamore Dr. Brandon Evergreen Developments had to revise the plan for just 21 Willowcrest Ave., after the land deal fell through for the other property.
"It’s been a while, but what’s good that’s not worth fighting for?" Dubois said. "If it was easy, everybody would be doing this."
The development was faced with opposition about the secondary emergency access route planned via Kelsey Bay. City administration worked with the developer on solutions, and ultimately decided to install a gate to prevent pedestrian traffic.
"It’s going to be a very exciting and very worthwhile development," Chrest said. "It’s a very significant piece of property and it’s going to certainly lend itself to a tremendous new development here in our community and provide fabulous dwellings for a great many people in our ever-growing city."
While the market will dictate how fast the project moves, Dubois said the goal is to see the entire development completed in less than three years.
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