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Dunedin given proposals for 1{ acres downtown

Four developers are eager to build town houses on city-owned land downtown.

The city asked for proposals last fall, hoping to attract moderate to upscale housing and possibly commercial development to the 1{-acre property just north of Main Street.

The goal, officials said, was to complement the revitalized downtown business district with residential development.

All four developers who responded by the March 14 deadline include town houses in the proposals. One contains a retail building, and another provides garages that could be converted to small stores.

All four would cost $2-million to $3-million to build.

City staff members will review the proposals and recommend one to the City Commission next month. All the developers said they would need two years to complete their projects.

"I was impressed with all the packages," said Bob Ironsmith, director of Dunedin's Community Redevelopment Agency. "All the proposals seem to be very complete and thorough."

Dunedin Towne Home Development Partners, based in Tampa, proposes 29 units with front porches and two-car garages. The two- and three-bedroom town houses would range in price from $90,000 to $135,000.

The principals in the partnership also have been involved in developing the former Tides Bath Club site in North Redington Beach, in converting a warehouse to apartments in the channel district of Tampa and in building apartments for the elderly on Howard Avenue in Tampa.

Coastal Builders of Clearwater would build 10 detached town houses, each with three bedrooms and more than 2,000 square feet, and a 4,800-square-foot retail building.

Each unit would sell for $175,000 to $200,000.

Some of Coastal's recent developments include Wilshire Estates near Dunedin, Coastal Ridge near Largo and Forest Grove in Palm Harbor.

Beauland Homes of Safety Harbor would build 14 to 16 town houses and one-story villas in a development it would call Monroe Park. Six of the units would have garages that could be converted to retail space, complete with parking.

The units would be placed in clusters on the four corners of the property, with two units in the middle. Prices would range from $94,500 to $129,500 for the two- and three-bedroom units.

Beauland also developed the Broadway Palms town houses on Scotland Street near downtown Dunedin and the Main Street Center on the southeast corner of Main and Highland.

The fourth developer, Rattlesnake Point of Tampa, proposes 24 units, all two- and three-bedroom town houses ranging from about 1,100 to about 1,400 square feet. The average price would be $105,000 per unit.

Four of the town houses would be free-standing. The others would be attached in groups.

Other developments by the company include Bayou Estates in Palmetto, Quail Hollow in Pasco County and the Rattlesnake Point port and warehouse project in Tampa.