Major housing project planned in Titusville as its space industry expands

A developer is dusting off a proposal more than a decade ago to build 1,277 houses and rental housing units on the city's west side

Dec.December 09, 2017 02:00 PM

The space industry is propelling the housing market in Titusville. (Credit: Florida Today)

A developer wants to build 1,277 houses and rental housing units on about 500 acres in Titusville amid optimism about the space industry’s economic impact on the city.

According to the city’s website, the developer of the Willow Creek Estates has proposed an amendment to Titusville’s comprehensive plan to advance the planned development on the city’s west side, at U.S. Highway 1 and State Road 405. The Kennedy Space Center is located on a barrier island just east of Titusville.

The proposed amendment would change the future land-use designation of the development site from low and medium residential to planned unit development (PUD).

The PUD designation would allow construction of houses, rental housing units, light industrial and neighborhood commercial buildings, and convenience stores.

The company behind the development may be KB Home, a publicly held home builder based in Los Angeles.

The newspaper Florida Today reported that a company called KB Home Jacksonville LLC applied for a federal permit to fill or convert 17.4 acres of wetlands at the development site. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a public notice announcing the application.

Peggy Busacca, executive director of community development for the city of Titusville, told Florida Today that Willow Creek Estates is one of several Titusville real estate projects originally proposed more than a decade ago.

Developers are resurrecting those projects as the Titusville economy revives amid the local growth of high-paying, space-travel employers including Blue Origin and Space X. [Florida Today] — Mike Seemuth

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