The new buildings at Caribe would bring the total number of units on the property to 1,080.

By John Mullen

June 21, 2019 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA®) – Growth and potential growth is alive and kicking in Orange Beach. During city council regular and work sessions on June 18, the council heard ordinances for developments that could add 677 houses, cottages, and condo units combined.

And Brett Robinson already has the go-ahead on Phoenix Gulf Towers and is doing foundation work on that project. It would bring 192 units to Orange Beach on the west end of town between Palm Beach and Sugar Sands developments. At the east end of town Brett Robinson’s Phoenix Orange Beach II, a 120-unit project, is nearing completion on the Gulf between the Island House Hotel on the west and Tidewater condos.

Caribe developer Larry Wireman is looking to add two towers of 24 and 25 stories to the east and west of the current three 14-story buildings on the east side of Perdido Pass. The east tower is planned for 228 units with 187 being three-bedroom and 41 being five-bedroom. On the west, there are plans for 252 more condos with 204 three-bedroom units and 48 five-bedroom units.

With the 600 already there this would bring the total to 1,080 units on the Caribe property. Wireman, also the developer of Turquoise Place, has had city permission to build more at the Caribe site since 2005.

Developers are also hoping to get the city’s OK to build about 197 new units in the Summer Salt development that is north of Doc’s Seafood and Steak and adjacent to Live Bait on beach road. There will be a public hearing on the planned unit development at the July 9 council meeting.

The developers are looking to develop the area in two phases. There are two parcels on the site and this one is 42 acres and is submitting plans for 54 single-family lots and 58 cottage lots. The second parcel of 21 acres is planning for 54 single-family residential lots and 31 cottage lots. The July 3 hearing is just for the 42-acre parcel.

During the regular session, the council also approved three resolutions relating to the construction of a new site for the Public Works Department. It is currently on the eastern end of the property where the new Orange Beach High School/Middle School is being built.

The council agreed to pay Sawgrass Consulting about $58,000 to provide a site plan for the relocation of Public Works. It also agreed to pay Stewart Engineering and Construction $27,500 for engineering services at the new facility and will pay Industrial-Commercial Fire Protection $10,900 to design a sprinkler system for the new building.

The city had hoped earlier to build the new campus on Powerline Road, but condemnation proceedings to acquire the land are tied up in court. Now the city is looking to close soon on a new property north of the Intracoastal Waterway for the new Public Works campus.           

During the work session, the council discussed:

  • Setting a public hearing date of July 16 for a hearing on a setback change request in Cypress Village lot 50.
  • A resolution reappointing members to the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals. Bill Jeffries was reappointed for a four-year term, Russ Hart, Doug Murray and Jon Townsend were appointed to three-year terms, Richard Price was reappointed to a two-year term and Councilman Jeff Silvers, an alternate, was reappointed for one year.
  • A resolution declaring certain personal property as surplus and unneeded and authorizing sale of it on govdeals.com. Items include a 1998 pickup truck, a 2004 Chevy Impala, a 2015 Kawasaki jet ski, two air hockey tables, two foosball tables and four pool tables.
  • Resolutions for taxi franchises for A-1 Taxi Service and Blue Dolphin Taxi.