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New apartment complex being built in Santa Rosa County
SANTA ROSA COUNTY -- A new apartment complex being built in Santa Rosa County could bring new residents and new jobs. It's going up just west of Navarre and developers say it could kickstart more growth for that community.
"By the end of December work is expected to begin on a two-hundred and fifty unit luxury apartment complex, here on this property, about three and a half miles west of the Navarre bridge."
The project, called "The Sound on Navarre Beach," sits on over sixteen acres. It's estimated completion is mid-2015. Developers say hundreds of jobs could be opened up during construction.
Greg Fountain "We anticipate at various phases of construction around eight hundred jobs. It's hard to say exactly because it's different phases."
Greg Fountain is one of the project's developers. He says the relationship with the area will benefit all.
Greg Fountain "We've had a lot of help along the way. That's been great. Everybody has pulled together to help the community, the county, northwest Florida. It's going to benefit the tri-county area significantly."
Jerry Foster says he's watched Navarre grow.
Jerry Foster "Very much so. You see it at Publix, you see it at the restaurants. You see it on 98, needless to say, which has always been a problem."
Foster says the project will help the community expand even further, which helps the area.
Jerry Foster "It'll bring more people which is good in some aspects because it'll help the economy here in Navarre, and if you build it, they'll come. And that'll mean there'll be more development."
Jason Ulm lives near the site. He says he's excited about the development."
Jason Ulm"I love to see the area grow. I told my family that, when we moved here eleven years ago, this would be like Destin is today. That this place would be like that in ten or twenty years. So it's not a surprise."
Ulm says for success in Navarre, growth is a requirement.
Jason Ulm "You've got to pick. It's either growth and development, or stagnation."
Jason Ulm "Developers of the project say that they plan on keeping as many of those construction jobs as possible, local. In Navarre, Rob Brown, Channel Three News."