According to recent news in the Sun Sentinel, a new apartment complex called Stonybrook might soon replace Delray Plants Inc., a longtime nursery on 31 acres south of Lake Ida Road between Sims Road and Via Flora. The prospective complex will bring 346 apartments to the land. Stonybrook plans call for two- and three-story buildings surrounding a manmade lake. The 346 apartments would include 83 units with reduced rental rates for workforce housing.
Monthly rental prices for the 83 price-controlled apartments will range from $735 for a one bedroom to $2,653 for a four bedroom. Rents for Stonybrook’s other apartments won’t be limited. Thinking of moving to Delray Beach but having trouble looking for an affordable place? This complex with rent controlled options might be the perfect place for you to call home.
But, not everyone is in favor of this potential development. Neighborhood concerns included an expected influx of traffic, the prospect of three-story apartment buildings towering over one-story houses next door and objections to toppling oak and pine trees to dig the apartment’s proposed lake. Also, some questioned the need for including rent-controlled apartments. In response, developers had to rework the design and try to save more trees and after neighbors learned more about how “workforce housing” is aimed at middle-income renters, there was mostly support for the project among those at Thursday’s commission meeting.