The biggest growth and development moves so far in 2023 for Ocala/Marion County

Jim Ross
Ocala Star-Banner

2023 is almost half over. Here's a look some of the year's biggest business and development stories so far:

Stronach sells thousands of acres in NE Marion

Multiple limited liability corporations controlled by the Rudnianyn family paid $37.55 million for more than 12,000 acres in northeast Marion County. What are the plans? Read the full story.

Danny Gaekwad makes major move in downtown Ocala

The hotelier and residential developer paid $6 million for prime downtown land. Read the full story.

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Florida Crossroads Commerce Park

The Dollar Tree distribution center near Marion Oaks is getting neighbors. Who's coming?

One of a possible four new warehouses is under construction now at the Florida Crossroads Commerce Park, on the south side of County Road 484 a few miles west of Interstate 75.

Downtown Ocala restaurant move, Part I

Feta's out. The Gathering Cafe is in. Here's how it happened. And here's how it's going.

Downtown Ocala restaurant move, Part II

Katya Vineyards is moving its restaurant operation a few doors down and transforming its existing space into something new. Read more.

Locally owned coffee store makes big Ocala play

OLA plans four stores.

HDG Hotels making major moves

The fast growing, Ocala-based hotel company appears to be moving toward a downtown Ocala location. It also is building near the Foxwood section west of Interstate 75 and north of U.S. 27.

Ma Barker House gets a prominent neighbor

The Roberts family, developers of Golden Ocala and the World Equestrian Center, bought 86 acres on Lake Weir. The parcel is adjacent to the Carney Island Recreation & Conservation area and near the relocated Bradford-Ma Barker House. What's the story?

Progress at the former Pine Oaks golf site

A Rhode Island company bought land and will be developing a residential community.

Buc-ee's makes it official

The massive gas station/convenience store paid $8.62 million for Ocala land and won the county commission's blessing. Gov. Ron DeSantis even joined in the fun.

Kmart out. Ocala Mall in.

Huey Barfield walks by one of the 122 businesses in the Ocala Mall on March 20. The mall is housed inside the former Kmart site at 3711 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.

The former Kmart building at 36th Avenue and Silver Springs Boulevard has taken on a new purpose.

Room to grow

Toys 'R' US is out. Rooms to Go is expanding.

New health facilities near I-75/U.S. 27

UF Health's neighborhood hospital is taking shape just east of I-75 and north of U.S. 27. And HCA is expanding its network of standalone emergency departments with a facility on the other side of I-75.

Former Lincoln-Mercury dealership land in downtown Ocala sold

No plans have been formally announced yet. The property is bordered by South Magnolia Avenue to the west and Southeast First Avenue to the east. One parcel is south of Southeast Fourth Street and two are north of that street.