Some say even without the high-rise condo, this property already looks better. The debris is now gone, but soon a 15-story condominium called Snug Harbor will begin to take shape, towering over Watson Bayou.
Panama City commissioners approved the project Tuesday, Mayor Lauren Degeorge casting the only the lone dissenting vote.
Degeorge says the 175-foot-tall building will threaten the appeal of nearby low density housing, but some say it'll improve a neighborhood that has seen better days.
"The neighborhood was in decline, but if we can see progress this will be worth it. It might not be ideal, but if you take life or death, I'll take life."
The plans call for 393 condo units on 10 acres of property. It will include a yacht club and a 132 slip marina.
Some believe it will reenergize spruce the once vibrant middle class town. The owners of the Curry Pot Restaurant across the street are excited about the project.
"200 units and two people per unit, 400 people, and it’s just the customers; it's going to be amazing."
"It's not only going to bring more business to the area, it's going to bring more jobs to the area."
"I think there are places for growth and places for density, and this is one of them."
The only downside to this development may be the view. Besides Watson Bayou, Snug Harbor condominiums will have a view of the Millville water treatment facility and the paper mill.
Snug Harbor may just be the first high rise in the Millville area. Two other developers have projects pending before the city commission.