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Misc Kaiya Beach Resort Planned on 26 Acres in South Walton

Discussion in 'Real Estate' started by Jim Tucker, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. Jim Tucker

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    http://www.newsherald.com/article/20150805/BUSINESS/150809754

    VALERIE GARMAN
    News Herald Reporter
    Posted Aug. 5, 2015 at 6:35 PM
    Updated at 6:38 PM


    A pair of developers hope to place “another gem in the necklace” on County 30A in South Walton with one of the last untouched parcels along the scenic corridor.

    Plans are now in the works for an upscale, 26-acre resort community at the corner of South Watersound Parkway and County 30A just west of Alys Beach. As proposed, “KAIYA Beach Resort” would bring 59 single-family homes, 15 town homes, a 20-room boutique inn with resort spa and fitness center, and nearly 60,000 square feet of restaurant and shopping space to the area.

    “We feel like there’s this story that’s been created on 30A that started with Seaside and continued with Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Watercolor,” property owner and developer Jason Romair said. “We feel like we’re the next exciting community on 30A. … We’re another gem in the necklace.”

    Romair, the owner of Romair Homes in Santa Rosa Beach, has teamed up with entrepreneur John Pinkerton for the project, which began about a year ago with help from several architects and master planning specialists.

    The team submitted a proposal for the planned unit development to Walton County officials Tuesday. They hope to kick off construction for the community’s initial infrastructure by the end of this year if plans are approved.

    “John and I both love 30A and we want to preserve, protect and enhance the qualities that make it so special,” Romair said. “Since purchasing the property … we put together a high-quality architectural, design and environmental team to help us plan the community.”

    Overall, Romair said the community is “low density,” with a heavy emphasis on parks and green space.

    About 35 percent of the community would be dedicated to neighborhood parks, walking and bike trails, a formal town square, garden spaces, and wetland and environmental preservation areas.

    While the development is not as large as some others along 30A, Romair said the team is using the smaller size to their advantage to creating a well-connected and walkable resort area.

    “What’s unique about it is … we’re taking the front end of the project and we’re putting in some high-end retail,” said Romair, who also highlighted other amenities like the spa and fitness center along with full concierge service throughout the community. “Those items change the dynamic of this community a little bit. We offer a little something different, a high level of service.

    “We have also been reaching out to and listening to other stakeholders along 30A and have been adjusting the KAIYA master plan to ensure it brings value to residents in the area and is an excellent fit with South Walton’s other dearly loved communities,” Romair said. “That is why we chose to make KAIYA such a low-density community.”

    The developers also highlighted several benefits that would be brought forth by the project, including improvements and additions to 30A’s bike paths, rights of way and electrical and utility lines.

    With project documents submitted just this week, the plan now will be vetted by the county staff before an extensive public review process, according to Walton County spokesman Louis Svehla.

    “We have a Technical Review Committee. We have a Design Review Board. We have a Planning Commission and we have the” Board of County Commissioners, Svehla said. “It will go through all four of those steps before final approval.”

    Because the property is along 30A, a designated Florida Scenic Highway, the development is held to more restrictive zoning standards.

    “The fact that this is on 30A, this will be looked at even more heavily,” Svehla said. “That’s our crown jewel in the county.”



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    This artist's rendering shows the entrance to KAIYA Resort, which will feature a 20-room boutique inn and an upscale spa and fitness center.
     
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  2. tsutcli

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    Originally a project called Aquatera was planned for this site but could not get beach access through Sandcliffs across the street and was cancelled. Don't know if the current plans are from the same developers. Also heard that current planners had asked St. Joe for ingress/egress permission on Watercolor Blvd but were turned down. Wonder where they plan on busing beach goers? Between Prominence, this development and the one at the east end of 30a how ar we ever going to get ahead of the traffic/parking issues? Does anyone have any additional info on this proposal?
     
  3. Mike Jones

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    It's time for a complete halt to development in SoWal.
     
  4. Solar Steve

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    I Agree with Mike Jones!
    The infrastructure just isn't there! Disband the TDC also...
     
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  5. Ohio Girl

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    Corny name. Almost as bad as Chateau 30A. Aloha.
     
  6. seabythegrove

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    So I bought this property and now I can't develop it.
    Don't get me wrong - I'm not in favor of more developments but solving the problem instead of solving the symptom makes more sense.
     
  7. seal

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    No info on the proposal just yet, but I was thinking the same thing. Are they going to build this with no beach access arrangement? I certainly don't see Alys Beach allowing beach access.

    Here is some history on Aquatera: http://www.businesswire.com/news/ho...elopment-Launches-Aquatera-300-Million-Luxury
    Note that the 40x70 SFR lots were starting at $600,000. Craziness..
     
  8. Mike Jones

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    They will host the SoWal Kwanzaa Fest.
     
  10. SHELLY

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    GEEZ LOUISE! The link is from "SHELLY'S Greatest Hits" album!

    I was actually driven out of town with pitch forks and torches for insinuating back then that real estate investulators were going to get their arses served to them on a platter...much like the h'orderves served with the free wine at the weekly 'pre-constuction condo sales' parties.

    Now the real estate market is 'hot' again...just with lower prices, more traffic and no room on the beach for your towel & chair. Tisk, tisk, tisk.

    PS: If you are going to buy, go with Bobby J -- a formidable rival back in the day & a real gentleman.
     
  11. carson

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    It is funny to look at the old posts, it looks like in 2006 this was actually a fun town where people got together and had fun. Welcome to complain fest 2015...
     
  12. Mike Jones

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    It's an American thing.
     
  13. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    It's a run amok thing. And we grew too fast without direction or cohesiveness as a community.
     
  14. John G

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    It's billed as a Beach Resort...

    Where's the beach access?

    (Visual aid - picture the old lady from the Wendy's Burgers commercial, "Where's the Beach?")
     
  15. liz coats

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    Development will never stop. And it's silly to believe that everyone in the area is going to be on the same page about everything. It seems to me that a lot of people who came to Walton County now want to shut the gate. Good luck.
     
  16. Teresa

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    I wouldn't want to shut the gate. But I would rather have excellent planning and expert oversight and leadership for growth and development. Not gonna happen under Walton County BCC leadership ever. We're flying without a pilot.
     
  17. BeachMac

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    The exterior photo earlier in this thread looks very similarly drawn to the recently re-designed and re-opened Mallihouana Resort:
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    If it is the same architect and not just someone making a copy (the size and scale of the KAIYA windows drawn, particularly the area between muntins, doesn't look quite as appealing nor classically proportional), but *if* it is the same architect and the materials and quality of the build specified will be the same, then this would be a nice looking development for the area if it was done similarly to Malli. We toured Malliouhana shortly after it reopened and it was really beautiful.
     
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  18. Matt J

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    I could be wrong...

    but my understanding is this doesn't have beach access and supposedly is "in negotiations" to use the homestead between the older development and Alys.
     
  19. TimeIsFree

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    Where's the Beach indeed. "If we offer enough high end crapola and 'services', maybe people won't miss the beach". "What's with all this sand in the yard Geeves? Please get that sand out of here!"

    Ps - Shelly, glad to see you posting again. I'm only around occassionally but it seemed you stopped posting for sometime, and I definitely missed reading your insights. Keep up the good work.
     
  20. John G

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    A beach resort with no beach. The trend of the future in Walton County.

    I can't wait for the Mossy Head or Paxton Beach Clubs to form.

    Stop the out of control growth and area over crowding while we still can.
     

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