Freedom Tech Center

Freedom Tech Center is a 50-acre mixed-use development, master-planned by The Jay Odom Group under a long-term land lease with the US Air Force.  The Jay Odom Group broke ground beginning the installation of the infrastructure for Freedom Tech Center in 2021.  This project boasts 1,600 linear feet of frontage along Lewis Turner Parkway, one of the City of Fort Walton Beach’s major arteries, and will transform the north side of Fort Walton Beach into a bustling commerce center, bringing jobs, housing, hotel and meeting space accommodations, restaurants, Class A office space and a 4-acre recreational park to the local community.

The Jay Odom Group annexed this property into the City of Fort Walton Beach, securing City services for this development and generating tax revenue for the City.  The City is excited to help bring this project to the community, and we are currently working with the City to secure all the entitlements for this development to include 312 luxury apartment homes and a 126-room Home2 Suites, for which The Jay Odom Group has already secured the franchise agreement with Hilton.

The Jay Odom Group is proud to bring this project to the community while working under the Enhanced Use Lease with the US Government to provide additional income to the Air Force in order to fund local AFB infrastructure.  Freedom Tech Center is 5 miles from both Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field and is highly anticipated by military defense contractors and the community as a whole.  The Jay Odom Group intends to install one of the State of Florida’s tallest flagpoles in the 4-acre park at Freedom Beacon as a beacon for our military, civilian base employees, and the local community and to inspire patriotism and pride while serving our community’s needs.

Hammock Bay General Store

Hammock Bay’s anxiously awaited General Store opened in Hammock Bay’s Town Center in the summer of 2019. Its inspiration came from Freeport’s original general store know as Wards Cafe. The Hammock Bay General Store is a fully functioning throwback replica reminiscent of the small-town feel of turn-of-the-century general stores. It features a walk-in beverage cooler, full line of cold drinks, ice cream and other frozen selections, dry goods, hot food, coffee, local goods, lottery and more. The interior showcases floor-to-ceiling rough poplar wood walls, polished and stained concrete floors, and vintage photographs of historic Freeport and its original general store. Three covered porches with rocking chairs wrap around the General Store, providing a perfect spot to relax and enjoy. Located adjacent to Hammock Bay’s Town Green and Event Stage, the General Store is open to the public and is a convenient stop for owners and residents of Hammock Bay.

Boeing Building

The Jay Odom Group remodelled and revitalized this 102,931 square-foot building in Fort Walton Beach’s Industrial Park, and leases it to national defense contractor, Boeing.  The Jay Odom Group further partnered with the City of Fort Walton Beach to drive the planning and implementation of improvements to the entire Industrial Park, renaming it the Fort Walton Beach “Commerce and Technology Park”.

JG Plaza

The Jay Odom Group acquired the land and permitted and constructed this 79,438 square-foot, three-story, Class A office and retail building in the heart of Fort Walton Beach’s Uptown District. With close proximity between Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, JG Plaza is a technologically advanced building featuring redundant fiber optics capability and a biometric fingerprint scanner for after-hours lobby access. The HVAC system is highly efficient with computerized temperature control monitoring and fresh air pre-cooling systems that create an extremely comfortable work environment. JG Plaza contains hypoallergenic insulation and utilizes environmentally conscious janitorial services.  For leasing information, contact The Jay Odom Group Leasing and Property Manager, Emily Gregory, at 850-654-4126, Ext. 104.

The Emily Odom Institute (EOI)

Newly acquired by The Jay Odom Group, this 47,200 square-foot, 2-story medical & professional office building includes 40,000 sq ft of designated office space with 7,000 sq ft for warehouse. Situated in a highly desirable location on Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach, this property is located at the entrance to Fort Walton Beach’s medical park and is conveniently nestled between Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, Air Force Special Operations Command.  The Jay Odom Group’s signature revamp and quality additions and polish, to include all new finishes, landscaping, brick pavers, shade sails and unique outdoor lighted sculpture, make this Fort Walton Beach’s new premier medical campus.  For leasing information, contact The Jay Odom Group Leasing and Property Manager, Emily Gregory, at 850-654-4126, Ext. 104.

The Island Hotel & Resort

In 2017, The Jay Odom Group partnered in this iconic 330+ room Gulf-front resort.  Built in 1966, and branded as a Ramada until the time of Odom’s entrance into ownership of the hotel, the hotel was in substantial disrepair and in need of management services in order for this property to reach its potential.
Set on a lushly landscaped 11+ acres of gorgeous Gulf-front property, boasting over 600’ of frontage along the Emerald Coast’s beautiful white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, Odom and his team set out to bring this property back to its former glory.  They exceeded expectations in this endeavor with the tenacity, vision, and modern flair that Odom brings to all his projects.
Odom and his team directed and performed a major $20MM renovation while remaining open for business, to include a complete overhaul of every aspect of the hotel, from obtaining the financing to design, construction, procurement, new equipment and systems purchasing and installation, rebranding, and hiring and supplementation of professional management. Odom also renamed the resort to The Island Hotel & Resort. 
After the renovations were completed, reservations and revenue were at an all-time high, and the hotel was sold in 2021 to a national reputable hospitality industry leader.

Draper J Office Building

The Jay Odom Group recently acquired this spectacular property at Highland Parks in Blue Mountain Beach on 30A along the Beaches of South Walton County to fill the need for office space along the 30A corridor, which is in very limited supply.  The Jay Odom Group completed the permitting and construction on this beautiful 2-story, 12,000 square-foot office building which offers Class A office space to include a magnificent, furnished roof terrace for gorgeous, unobstructed views of Draper Lake and the Gulf of Mexico.  The Draper J office building offers suites and offices for lease and is reaching full occupancy.  For leasing information, contact The Jay Odom Group Leasing and Property Manager, Emily Gregory, at 850-654-4126, Ext. 104.

The Wharf 850 Restaurant & Marina

A local favorite under multiple past ownerships, this bayfront property in Niceville, Florida was purchased by The Jay Odom Group in 2015.  The restaurant and marina located on Niceville’s famous Boggy Bayou were in need of visionary renovation and business savvy – needs tailored to Odom’s abilities.
Odom and his team transformed this property into a beautiful, inviting eatery with a successful dock slip rental business, regaining the title as a local favorite.  With The Jay Odom Group’s determination, experience, and good old-fashioned elbow grease, this restaurant and dock were raised to Odom’s standards for first-class development, and in 2021, the property was a very attractive acquisition and sold to a restaurant investor.

Destin West RV Resort

The Jay Odom Group purchased, in 2017, this 54-site RV park property located on Okaloosa Island with 400’ of highway frontage and 400’ of waterfront in the rear of the property with a dock for RV guests’ use on beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay.  In typical Jay Odom Group-style, the park was refurbished to provide maximum aesthetic and operational appeal for its RV guests.  Prior to our purchase of this property, the reservation system was by phone call only.  We completely rebuilt the park’s website to allow reservations via the website, and we significantly boosted the multi-media marketing of this property, substantially increasing its online presence with cross-channel marketing.  This, along with the property upgrades, which included extending the dock, adding a fire pit, all new outdoor furniture and umbrellas, revamping the check-in facilities and guest store, replacement of the aging laundry facilities, upgrading of all systems and lushly landscaping the entire park, allowed this RV Resort to operate at its maximum potential.  The Jay Odom Group sold this RV Resort in 2020.

Pigeon Forge RV Resort

The Jay Odom Group partnered in the purchase of an old RV park in the Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2019. This park is located on beautiful creek-front property in Pigeon Forge with a stunning Smoky Mountain backdrop. This park was extremely run-down with very low rental revenue from mainly a few long-term renters. With our recent very successful experience upgrading and marketing the Destin West RV Park, The Jay Odom Group was excited for the challenge to transform this TN park into a sought-after, thriving RV Resort. We did exactly that; we developed relationships with Pigeon Forge City officials and local contractors, and we performed a complete rebuild of this property to include the addition of more RV sites (including coveted creek-front sites), paving of all gravel roads, concrete pads at all sites, new underground power to every site, all new water and sewer, upgrade of all wiring and systems, an incredible Welcome building with the widely stocked camp store and Hunt Brothers Pizza with many other ‘on the go’ food and beverage options, multiple inviting areas for gathering including a community lodge with gas fire pit, game room, multiple covered porches, covered pavilion, and a kids playground.  We also put in a brand-new bathhouse with private bathroom suites, new laundry facilities, all-new signage, and abundant landscaping throughout the park.  We offer golf carts for daily rental which the guests love and provides additional revenue for the resort.

The crown jewel of our resort is our roadside zero-entry, heated, saltwater resort pool with a massive pool deck, a mushroom fountain, and an amazing triple twisting slide that really brings WOW-factor to our park for all guests and passers-by.

The Jay Odom Group developed the website for this resort (www.pigeonforgerv.com) as well as a phenomenal cross-channel marketing program.  The upgrades were completed in 2021, and we have already exceeded expectations with bookings and revenue.

The Jay Odom Group team has just completed refurbishing and decking out 4 vintage campers that will be moved to the RV resort and available for reservations beginning in the Spring of 2022.  These vintage campers have been hugely anticipated, and we expect high occupancy for these (no RV needed to stay at our fabulous resort!), bringing great additional revenue to the resort.

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