Construction in the Fort Walton Beach vicinity of Florida is continuing as a South Walton road is changing to a one-way street with the addition of more parking spaces. Hotz Avenue, a road in Grayton Beach, will undergo 75 days of construction that began on December 17, 2018. The project will not only change the direction of traffic, but it will also add water purification systems and additional drainage, remove asphalt and repave the street's surface. There are several reasons why Walton County is pursuing the road renovation. Traffic is growing in the area, especially during high season, and stormwater issues have recurred nearby.
Another major commercial real estate transaction is underway in the Fort Walton Beach area, after U-Haul announced plans to buy the Cinco Bayou Kmart property in the area. The storage, rental and trucking company will include the store in 13 properties that it plans to buy from Sears Holding Co., the owner of Kmart stores nationwide. Sears is liquidating the stores after filing for bankruptcy in November 2018. U-Haul said that it plans to modify the building into a self-storage and moving facility.
The Fort Walton Beach area of Florida continues to see substantial construction activity as two more developers in the state have announced new plans to build a senior living facility in the region. The St. Joe Co. issued a press release together with the Watercrest Senior Living Group, saying that they plan to open a complex with 107 units near U.S. Highway 98 on St. Joe Island. When completed, the complex will have 75 assisted living units and 32 memory care units. St. Joe will retain majority ownership in the development while Watercrest will be responsible for managing operations.
The South Walton Fire District is getting a new training facility that will be located behind the current fire station. The main purposes of the new building are to store equipment used by the fleet and to train firefighters. According to a support representative from the fire department, each room in the structure will feature a different setting. This will allow trainees to get experience in a diverse array of conditions.