The City of Titusville might witness a significant change in its landscape in the future as Toulon Apartments MS LLC, a Brooklyn-based real estate development firm, has proposed a plan to redevelop the 149-acre Royal Oak Golf Course & Country Club.
The proposed development for the property, which was purchased in June 2022 for $4.5 million dollars, will consist of 1,038 residential units, including apartments, townhomes, and single-family lots, after rezoning and land use changes. However, local residents have expressed concerns about the environmental impact and increased traffic in the area.
The proposed development project by Toulon Apartments MS LLC involves rezoning and land use change for the existing 147 acre golf course, followed by the construction and development of a massive 1,038-unit residential project.
The project would include 380 apartment units, 541 townhome units, and 117 single-family lots. Infrastructure improvements include drainage pipes and structures, parking areas and garages, and water and sewer services.
The Royal Oak Golf Course & Country Club has a long history of legal battles involving foreclosures, changes in ownership, and unsettled financial disputes. Most recently, a not-for-profit religious organization, Royal Oak Ministries, Inc., expressed interest in purchasing the property to create a women’s center. However, the organization later filed a lawsuit against the President of Royal Oak Golf Club, Neil Mahase, for his failure to complete the purchase.
With a rich Canadian PGA history, the Royal Oak Golf Course was a popular winter destination for many PGA of Canada professionals and touring pros. The late Moe Norman, a legendary Canadian ball striker and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer, used the club as his winter hangout for years. In 2007, a street next to the club’s resort, Moe Norman Court, was named in his honor.
Despite its storied past, the golf course’s proposed redevelopment plan has been met with opposition from local residents. Concerns primarily revolve around the environmental impact of developing the green space and the potential increase in traffic on the neighborhood’s small streets. Residents fear that the additional cars and people will strain the already burdened infrastructure.
As the proposal moves forward, it remains to be seen how the City of Titusville and Toulon Apartments MS LLC will address the concerns raised by the community. Balancing the need for new housing options and preserving the quality of life for existing residents will be a crucial aspect of the project’s success.
Take a look at the available pdf of the proposed development that has been filed with the City of Titusville
We got out of Fairways Condos because we saw the writing on the wall. On the other side of the former course, there are a lot of people who bought very expensive homes who are highly pissed off right now. The last thing they need is apartments bringing down the value of their homes.
This is a TOTAL DISASTER waiting to happen for a multitude of reasons! Not only will home values plummet… but the resultant fallout from environmental concerns, traffic, the impact on the infrastructure… schools, water, sewage, roads, flood planning, police, fire departments is just the beginning! In the end it will wind up costing every taxpayer in Titusville tons of money and grief to meet the demand this debacle will impose on us!
The development is totally out of character with the rest of the Royal Oak area! The golf course is zoned for the potential of 78 homes. That’s what the developer bought… and that’s what they need to build!
Too many homes
An abomination. Should never be allowed to happen.
If you drive the developer away, the result will be a run down golf course that will devastate the area economically. No one will run a golf course there, too many golf courses in Titusville to generate income. We have one over here in Sherwood that will never see a golf ball played again either.
I agree with Dan Lewis that the property is zoned for 78 homes and that is all that should be allowed! Too think that the number of residences their asking for should be allowed is absolutely out of the question.
This development plan is bad for the community on several levels, rezoning will certainly create over crowding in Titusville and there are enough apartment complexes in this town and we don’t need the living issues associated with over populated apartment complexes. Living on this course, I’d much rather have an abandoned golf course or have to view the originally zoned 78 homes. I am seriously considering selling my place and finding a community that preserves a safe and wholesome living environment. It appears Titusville is not and hasn’t considered positive growth for years.
Royal Oak Rezoning is a disaster waiting to happen. Please consider other options to help preserve an important area in the heart of some of Titusville’s nicest housing and recreation areas. The current plan under review by the city would bring huge changes inside a long-standing property that was designed to provide community-based recreational and conservation uses. The current development plan violates just about all the current zoning, and a wise investor would be seeking a community compromise that allows reasonable marketable residential properties that co-exist with some of the elements shown here. For example, a 9-hole golf course, a water-borne sports complex, a disc golf course, a quality restaurant, a business training center offering leadership programs, an exercise trail, and buffer zones for existing homeowners that capitalize on current features – any of these might glean enough support to allow acceptable development that would yield a profit for the investor without raping the land. I’m hoping sober minds leading the city will see the value of the park-like environment that Royal Oak offers while allowing changes that acknowledge the history and future potential this property offers.
I agree with you 100%