Casselberry City Hall is getting a neighbor in the form of a 203-unit apartment complex.
The project, Integra Lakes Apartments, is expected to start going up on Triplet Lake Drive in October, right across the street from the city's cradle of government.
In fact, Casselberry owns the 15-acre piece of land. It is expected that once the project, which will use eight of the 15 acres, receives final approval from the city, Integra Land Co. of Lake Mary will buy the land for $960,000 plus other considerations.
"It's been the city's desire for many years to have this property developed," said Randy Newlon, Casselberry's city manager. "We're very enthusiastic. We want people to get people excited about Casselberry." The city has been working on its development with architect Associated Consulting International of Winter Park.
Integra Lakes Apartments, the first step in the development process, is a $25 million project that will be made up of four, four-story apartment buildings that lean toward luxury, said Justin Marchant, project estimator with LandSouth Construction, the project's general contractor.
In addition to the apartments, there will be 10 garages, a pool, a clubhouse, a fitness area and perhaps a dog park.
The style will be a wraparound building with a courtyard in the middle on what currently is vacant land.
Casselberry was chosen because of where it is situated, Marchant said.
"This will give people a home that has proximity to Orlando," he said.
Jacksonville Beach-based LandSouth Construction is, in fact, quite taken with the area.
"Orlando is growing so fast there is what seems to be a continual need for housing," Marchant said.
And the company is participating, now in the midst of finishing up Integra Village in Sanford and Integra Cove by Seaworld.