AVON PARK - Just four days after one of the largest annexations for Avon Park in the past 50 years was approved, the city announced it set to grow even more by not quite a leap, but more of a step.
Jan. 13, the Avon Park City Council will have a first reading of an ordinance which would add 14 acres west of U.S. 27 at Stratford Road and west Gladiola Drive to the city's 5.7 square miles. The annexation would incorporate the Royal Care of Avon Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center as well as the 50-unit Banyan Woods Apartments.
A second reading and vote on the annexation is scheduled for the Jan. 27 city council regular meeting.
Avon Park City Manger Julian Deleon said the expected slight growth would be to accommodate the businesses and homes in the area by offering city wastewater services. Currently, both facilities have their own wastewater treatment systems; Avon Park took over running and maintaining Royal Care's about three years ago and would soon be maintaining Banyan Woods.
"This is possible as a result of the city offering services and the property owners executing an annexation covenant in lieu of services," said Deleon. "We're still growing. These planned annexations illustrate the continued effort to grow the city limits, which add residents and provide for a larger tax base to fund the city."
The possibility of adding 14 acres comes on the heels of the Dec. 23 annexation of the Crystal Lake Golf Club, which added about 1,000 residents and 513 homesites.