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  • People to know: Bronce Stephenson, City of Winter Park

    People to know: Bronce Stephenson, City of Winter Park

    Bronce Stephenson and his wife for some time have wanted to live among Florida’s beaches and outdoors activities – and the right career opportunity has come along for him to make that happen. “We have traveled to Florida for years, and it has always been our goal to live someplace that fits our...

  • Developer works with Lake Helen before purchasing dozens of homesites

    Developer works with Lake Helen before purchasing dozens of homesites

    Melbourne-based Vintage Estate Homes has purchased 44 estate homesites in Lake Helen, a city north of Orlando long known for carefully managing growth, with plans for single-family homes similar to existing product that swayed historical-board members’ favor before the deal closed. Vintage paid...

  • Co-developer of Amazon fulfillment center sells to affiliate of Boston-based investor

    Co-developer of Amazon fulfillment center sells to affiliate of Boston-based investor

    A partner in the development of Amazon’s new fulfillment center located near Orlando International Airport has, according to county records, sold its property for $108 million. An affiliate of TA Realty in Boston is listed as the buyer, with a mortgage in the amount of $45,000,000 with Wells Fargo...

  • Health-care facility in Winter Park sells for recorded $12.7 million

    Health-care facility in Winter Park sells for recorded $12.7 million

    A 68,280-square-foot facility that’s home to a rehabilitation and nursing care facility, nestled between Winter Park Memorial Hospital and Ward Park, has sold for a recorded $12.7 million. The buyer is an affiliate of Millenium Management LLC of Miami.  Parkview Rehabilitation Center at Winter...

  • Land-use plan seeks to build 100 homes in key Apopka area

    Land-use plan seeks to build 100 homes in key Apopka area

    Surrey Homes has plans to build up to 100 single-family homes off Plymouth Sorrento Road about a mile southeast of the State Road 429 interchange with Kelly Park Road in Apopka, according to filings with the city that request a land-use change. The homes would sit on an assemblage of four parcels...

  • PF&D’s Saathoff planning 34-acre residential, commercial development in Sanford

    PF&D’s Saathoff planning 34-acre residential, commercial development in Sanford

    Orlando developer Dwight Saathoff is planning a $45 million mixed-use development in Sanford that will include 176 homes along with retail and commercial businesses.  Saathoff, a principal in Project Finance & Development LLC, is asking Sanford officials for a land-use change from industrial to...

  • Developer moving forward on revised plans for LaViance in Groveland

    Developer moving forward on revised plans for LaViance in Groveland

    After being sent back to the drawing board by Groveland City Council in January, the company behind residential development LaViance is moving forward with a revised plan for fewer homes, larger lots and increased amenities. Even with the lower density, LaViance will become the second-largest residential...

  • Multifamily, hotel entitlements sought for South I-Drive property

    Multifamily, hotel entitlements sought for South I-Drive property

    The owner of the Caribe Royale resort is looking to add entitlements for 341 multifamily housing units, 300 hotel rooms and 100,000 square feet of commercial space to property it owns along South International Drive and State Road 536 in Orange County. Owner and developer Sierra Land Group, Inc....

  • 4-building industrial park in Sanford sells for $13.4 million

    4-building industrial park in Sanford sells for $13.4 million

    A 110,000-square-foot industrial park in Sanford has sold for $13,400,000 amid competition for space in Metro Orlando. The Vantage Point industrial-flex park at 570 Monroe Rd. northeast of the Interstate 4 interchange at State Road 46, was sold Monday by an affiliate of Miami-based private investor...

  • ContraVest plans another Addison multifamily development for active area

    ContraVest plans another Addison multifamily development for active area

    Contravest is planning 218 apartments along Winter Garden Vineland Road in a quartet of 4-story buildings across the street from Grand Cypress Resort west of Apopka Vineland Road. Addison at Cypress Sound would have more than 180 one- and two-bedroom apartments with a handful of studios and three-bedroom...

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  • Eustis says impact-fee incentives possible in 800-acre assemblage

    Eustis says impact-fee incentives possible in 800-acre assemblage

    A nearly 800-acre property that city officials say is eligible for some Eustis impact-fee credits will soon be on the market. Orlando commercial real estate attorney John K. Keating owns the undeveloped rural pastureland south of the former Pine Meadows Golf Course along State Route 44. The series...

  • Near Mount Dora, 245 single-family homes planned

    Near Mount Dora, 245 single-family homes planned

    D.R. Horton is looking to build 245 single-family homes near Mount Dora according to plans filed with Orange County on Monday. The subdivision listed as Holly Estates in county plans is set on a 107-acre parcel along State Road 441 north of Willow Street and west to Mohawk Drive.   It would contain...

  • Smogor's retirement in Orange spurs messages of gratitude, respect

    Smogor's retirement in Orange spurs messages of gratitude, respect

    Orange County Development Review Committee Chair and Planning Administrator John Smogor has capped 36 years of service with his last day on the job Friday -- and continues to garner praise from numerous members of the Metro Orlando business community. Often, Smogor could be spotted wearing a creative...

  • Apartments near Valencia campus sell, create strong windfall for investor

    Apartments near Valencia campus sell, create strong windfall for investor

    Windrift Apartments near Valencia College’s main campus has been sold to an affiliate of Utah-based Bridge Investment Group for a recorded $39.3 million.  Located northwest of the interchange of state roads 408 and 417, Windrift’s 288 units offer simple access to several strong employment regions...

  • LIFT Orlando clearing commercial site near Camping World Stadium

    LIFT Orlando clearing commercial site near Camping World Stadium

    LIFT Orlando plans to start clearing land it bought last year just east of Camping World Stadium, but the redevelopment agency hasn't confirmed future plans for the 7.2-acre site. A LIFT affiliate assembled four parcels at the corner of W. Church Street and S. Norton Avenue for a combined total...

  • Clermont weighs density bonuses as path to affordable or inclusionary housing

    Clermont weighs density bonuses as path to affordable or inclusionary housing

    Clermont is considering a staff proposal to incentivize or require developers to address affordable-housing concerns in their plans, with a similar approach to local governments across Florida and other parts of the country that employ inclusionary programs. Its Economic Development Office has...

  • Company that built condemned Celebration apartments files for Chapter 11

    Company that built condemned Celebration apartments files for Chapter 11

    The construction company that built a luxury apartment complex in Celebration that was condemned a year after completion has now filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Southern District of Texas. Urban Oaks Builders, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Texas-based Hines, announced the filing...

  • Haines City approves townhomes in new 28-acre mixed-use community

    Haines City approves townhomes in new 28-acre mixed-use community

    Haines City has approved plans for a 182-unit townhouse community  on the rapidly growing C.R. 544 corridor east of Little Lake Hamilton. "A lot of the development we're seeing in Haines City is single family," Deputy Director of Development Mark Bennett said. "This is a great project because it's...

  • Sun Terra buys 63 acres in Horizon West for Dream Finders development

    Sun Terra buys 63 acres in Horizon West for Dream Finders development

    An affiliate of Sun Terra Communities has purchased approximately 63 acres along Avalon Road at the western end of New Independence Parkway for a recorded $12.39 million, as part of a facilitation deal in which Dream Finders Homes will build 177 single-family residences. “We’ll probably be bringing...

  • Solis at Winter Park joins TruAmerica's growing Central Florida apartment holdings

    Solis at Winter Park joins TruAmerica's growing Central Florida apartment holdings

    The Solis at Winter Park apartment complex along Goldenrod Road has sold for $79 million, with buyer TruAmerica Multifamily looking for more properties that fits its criteria in Orlando, Senior Managing Director Matthew Ferrari told GrowthSpotter on Tuesday. Having picked up five other properties...

  • Osceola settles code enforcement case with key Disney-area land owner

    Osceola settles code enforcement case with key Disney-area land owner

    Osceola County Commissioners voted Monday to reduce code enforcement penalties against the owner of the Orlando Sun Resort & Spa by $560,344 and close the case against the long-vacant hotel. The move clears the way for the owner to proceed with a rezoning and DRI rescission for the property and...

  • Swan and Dolphin's third-tower plans detailed

    Swan and Dolphin's third-tower plans detailed

    The planned third tower at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will include 14 stories, with 349 guest rooms and more than 21,000 square feet of meeting space, and is scheduled for completion in 2020, according to resort owners Tishman and MetLife Investment Management. Set on the current...

  • People to Know: Penny Stokes-Hilton of Top Villas Realty

    People to Know: Penny Stokes-Hilton of Top Villas Realty

    Penny Stokes-Hilton is not American, but friends back in England have long told her she should have been. “I just love America so much,” she told GrowthSpotter. “Americans have so much positivity, such a great outlook: You can have it, you can do it, it can be yours. The American Dream is just...

  • S2 Capital enters Orlando market with portfolio deal for apartments

    S2 Capital enters Orlando market with portfolio deal for apartments

    Texas-based S2 Capital has its eye on owning 5,000 apartments in Metro Orlando after making its entry by purchasing more than 1,600 apartments east of the Millenia area for a total of $124.5 million. The sale includes Grandview Pointe on Americana Boulevard and Lake View Pointe on Rio Grande Avenue...

  • M/I Homes buying homesites at Johns Lake Landing near Clermont

    M/I Homes buying homesites at Johns Lake Landing near Clermont

    M/I Homes of Orlando plans to build 136 homes ranging from 1,750 to 3,600 square feet just east of Clermont in Johns Lake Landing, having closed on 54 finished sites so far. Buying 50-, 75- and 85-foot sites in phases 4 and 5 for the community that fronts the northwestern reaches of Johns Lake,...

  • Parkway pays $16M for office portfolio at Maitland Concourse

    Parkway pays $16M for office portfolio at Maitland Concourse

    A veteran Orlando real estate investor paid $16 million this week for a trio of office buildings across from the Maitland Concourse North mixed-use project. Parkway CEO Jim Heistand told GrowthSpotter the new construction and amenities coming in across the street will add value to the Maitland...

  • One lake to another, pro golfer D.A. Points sells, buys in Windermere area

    One lake to another, pro golfer D.A. Points sells, buys in Windermere area

    PGA Tour golfer D.A. Points has sold his Windermere home of five years on Lake Tibet for a recorded $3.3 million, but he isn’t moving far. The five-bed, six-and-a-half bath two-story home in the Keene’s Pointe neighborhood was built in 2004, according to Orange County Property Appraiser records....

  • Owens Realty secures balance of Baldwin Park office portfolio for $13M

    Owens Realty secures balance of Baldwin Park office portfolio for $13M

    Owens Realty Capital has secured two Class A office buildings in Baldwin Park, completing the portfolio purchase initiated two years ago in the mixed-use district. The Orlando-based investment management firm paid $13 million on Friday for the buildings known as Baldwin I and Baldwin II, both on...

  • Developer plans more luxury townhomes in Orlando's SODO district

    Developer plans more luxury townhomes in Orlando's SODO district

    A pair of local real estate investors have plans to expand the luxury residential boom in Orlando's SODO district by converting an auto body shop into a high-end townhouse community. Venue Investments partners Amit Ghosh and Shibin Wang own a real estate portfolio that primarily consists of single-family...

  • GrayPointe plans one-story offices in Central Florida Research Park

    GrayPointe plans one-story offices in Central Florida Research Park

    A single-story office building is in the works for Research Parkway near UCF under a partnership between GrayPointe Capital of Orlando and New Market Strategies of Stuart, after purchasing 13 acres and planning approximately 100,000 square feet built to suit corporate tenants. “It will be a little...

  • Altamonte developer seeks approval for high-end condos in Maitland

    Altamonte developer seeks approval for high-end condos in Maitland

    Altamonte Springs-based ERM Development Corp. wants to build a 50-unit luxury, lakefront condominium community in Maitland that will appeal to well-off empty nesters. ERM president and owner Eli Melamed told GrowthSpotter the proposed condos at 473 S. Keller Road will be approximately 2,100 square...

  • Four Corners Council brings in UCF expert to resolve cross-county conflicts

    Four Corners Council brings in UCF expert to resolve cross-county conflicts

    After years of holding summits and bus tours, the Four Corners Area Council brought in one of the region's top conflict resolution specialists to help it create a unified plan for the booming area that crosses jurisdictional boundaries.   The council has contracted with the University of Central...

  • Eustis receives bid for E. Magnolia property above appraisal

    Eustis receives bid for E. Magnolia property above appraisal

    Eustis city commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday night to selling municipal-owned downtown property at 17 E. Magnolia Ave. to the top bidder -- but for $41,500 less than she offered -- amid attempts to revitalize the area. For more than a half an hour, commissioners debated whether to sell the property...

  • Toll Brothers plans single-family homes in Seminole

    Toll Brothers plans single-family homes in Seminole

    Toll Brothers told Growthspotter on Wednesday the builder is planning 70 single-family homes east of Lake Mary, set to open for sale early next year. “It’s the first time we’ve been in Seminole County in almost eight years,” said Brock Fanning, Senior Vice President of Toll Brothers’ Central Florida...

  • Millenia Lakes developer plans amenity-rich apartment community near mall

    Millenia Lakes developer plans amenity-rich apartment community near mall

    Just weeks after divesting of two Millenia Lakes office buildings, a Chicago-based investment firm will go to Orlando's Municipal Planning Board seeking approval to build 323 luxury apartments just across the lake. Barings Real Estate Advisers and a development partner, American Land Ventures (ALV),...

  • Osceola seeks South Korea business expert to recruit firms to NeoCity

    Osceola seeks South Korea business expert to recruit firms to NeoCity

    Osceola County is looking for expert help to recruit South Korean technology companies to NeoCity.  The county published a Request for Letters of Interest (RFLOI) and Statement of Qualifications for consultants fluent in the language and business culture of South Korea. "The South Korean government...

  • UPDATED: DR Horton files plans for 200-plus homes along S.R. 429 near Apopka

    UPDATED: DR Horton files plans for 200-plus homes along S.R. 429 near Apopka

    DR Horton is making plans to build 208 single-family homes on a 71-acre parcel along State Road 429 approximately 2 miles north of the North Orange Blossom Trail interchange, according to filings with Orange County. The land along Ponkan Road neighbors the north end of Zellwood Station Country...

  • Millenia-area office midrises sell for combined $92M

    Millenia-area office midrises sell for combined $92M

    A pair of office properties in Orlando’s Millenia area with Interstate 4 frontage have sold for a recorded $92,150,000 in total. The properties at 4700 Millenia Blvd. and 5323 Millenia Lakes Blvd. had been owned by an affiliate of Barings Real Estate Advisers. They were purchased by an affiliate...

  • Magic to file revised master plan for downtown entertainment district

    Magic to file revised master plan for downtown entertainment district

    With groundbreaking anticipated in 2019, the Orlando Magic and its new architect have revised the master plan for the long-anticipated Sports and Entertainment District across from the Amway Center and are actively seeking development partners for the hotel and multifamily components of the district....

  • Among high-end Park Hill townhome buyers: Tupperware's Tom Roehlk

    Among high-end Park Hill townhome buyers: Tupperware's Tom Roehlk

    Hill Gray Seven has sold one of its new, high-end townhomes on Winter Park’s trademark Park Avenue for a recorded $2.85 million to Tom Roehlk, executive vice president of Tupperware Brands. The development of 10 townhomes is half sold out, said Gregg Hill, founder of Oviedo-based Hill Gray Seven,...

  • City board green lights design for X Orlando apartment tower

    City board green lights design for X Orlando apartment tower

    Orlando's Appearance Review Board gave tentative approval Thursday to Manhattan developer Property Markets Group (PMG) for the first phase of its proposed three-tower mixed-use project on one of the most high-profile lots in the central business district. "I think what we’re looking at here is...

  • Former Pine Meadows Golf Course acreage back on market with site plan

    Former Pine Meadows Golf Course acreage back on market with site plan

    After several years as a sod field, the former Pine Meadows Golf Course east of State Road 19 northeast of Eustis is for sale again -- and in early stages of being annexed into the city of Eustis. The 241-acre property listed at $3.75 million, $15,560.17 per acre. Seller Peter Strimenos told GrowthSpotter...

  • Starwood Property Trust purchase of south Orlando apartments progresses portfolio deal

    Starwood Property Trust purchase of south Orlando apartments progresses portfolio deal

    The sale of a south Orlando apartment complex to an affiliate of Starwood Property Trust for a recorded $33.4 million brings completion nearer for a $600 million multi-family portfolio sale that stretches across Central Florida and reaches into other regions. The 312-unit Sand Lake Pointe Apartments...

  • Apartment tower planned on church-owned land in downtown Orlando

    Apartment tower planned on church-owned land in downtown Orlando

    Tennessee-based Mid America Apartment Communities (MAA) is eyeing a 2-acre corner lot in downtown Orlando for a new 325-unit apartment tower with ground-floor retail. MAA filed a Master Plan (MP) with the city for 9-story tower and parking garage at 336 N. Orange Ave., immediately south of the...

  • Hickman Enterprises contemplates separate industrial, commercial projects in Seminole

    Hickman Enterprises contemplates separate industrial, commercial projects in Seminole

    Hickman Enterprises, a small boutique development company based in Winter Park, has two separate projects on the drawing board in Seminole County. The company, headed by president Andre Hickman, has submitted a site plan to the county for two office/warehouse structures in the family-owned I-4...

  • Seefried planning 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center near FL Polytechnic

    Seefried planning 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center near FL Polytechnic

    Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties is hoping for a better outcome in its third effort to build a logistics center in Polk County. Last year, Polk Commissioners rejected a proposal by Seefried to build a business park on the east side of U.S. 27 at Ronald Reagan Parkway with 1.4 million...

  • People to Know: Marcos Bastian, Waldrop Engineering

    People to Know: Marcos Bastian, Waldrop Engineering

    Gamers, generally speaking, don’t have resumes, but if there were a LinkedIn for geeks, Marcos Bastian would be a prime connection. “Atari, Intellivision, all the Odyssey games …” he says, laughing as he lists his earliest gaming conquests. Bastian is 46. It wasn’t even called gaming back then....

  • Orlando Health plans Randal Park medical campus and hospital

    Orlando Health plans Randal Park medical campus and hospital

    Orlando Health confirmed plans for a multi-phased medical campus, including a future hospital, at a prime corner in Orlando's Randal Park community. The nonprofit healthcare system paid $9.9 million in June for the 15-acre parcel, previously slated for a grocery-anchored retail center, at the northeast...

  • Magic Village resorts to be rebranded as Wyndham Trademark properties

    Magic Village resorts to be rebranded as Wyndham Trademark properties

    Orlando-based Magic Development and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts revealed the details of their new branding partnership on Tuesday, including relaunching the company's two vacation-home resorts as Wyndham Trademark Collection properties. Magic CEO Rodrigo Cunha told GrowthSpotter the company decided...

  • Magic Development planning huge new food hall to anchor retail at W192 resort

    Magic Development planning huge new food hall to anchor retail at W192 resort

    Orlando's largest food hall is headed to Kissimmee's W192 tourism corridor. Magic Development CEO Rodrigo Cunha told GrowthSpotter the company will build a 30,000-square-foot food hall to anchor the first phase of the company's multi-billion dollar Magic Place by Pininfarina luxury resort.  "It's...

  • Benge Development outlines big 429 West mixed-use project in Apopka

    Benge Development outlines big 429 West mixed-use project in Apopka

    Benge Development revealed on Monday plans for a 100- to 130-acre mixed-use development at the northwest corner of state roads 429 and 441, with an early cost estimated of $400 million, that stands to become the largest in development along the Western Beltway north of Florida’s Turnpike. Plans...

  • Carter Hospitality planning new Comfort Suites at Buena Vista Park

    Carter Hospitality planning new Comfort Suites at Buena Vista Park

    With its largest Orlando hotel project just days away from opening, Carter Hospitality Group has filed plans for its next venture in the Disney tourism corridor. The Kissimmee-based hotelier filed a Development Plan (DP) on Friday with Orange County for a new 149-key Comfort Suites in Buena Vista...

  • Meritage plans 200 townhomes in Ocoee off S.R. 429 & West Orange Trail

    Meritage plans 200 townhomes in Ocoee off S.R. 429 & West Orange Trail

    Meritage Homes is looking to build 200 townhomes on 29 acres in Ocoee on the West Orange Trail just west of State Road 429. The Greens at Forest Lake community is expected to begin construction a year from now, said Adam Schott, Director of Land Acquisition for Meritage, and will include homes...

  • Lennar introducing new home designs in first Polk solar community

    Lennar introducing new home designs in first Polk solar community

    Lennar Homes is introducing an affordable, energy-efficient product line starting in the low $200,000s in two new subdivisions in Haines City on the U.S. 27 corridor. North Ridge Estates will be Lennar's first all-solar community in Polk, and the first to feature its "American Dream Series," Orlando...

  • Epoch Residential plans Palm Parkway apartments after purchase from Daryl Carter

    Epoch Residential plans Palm Parkway apartments after purchase from Daryl Carter

    The latest big land deal along Palm Parkway and Interstate 4 has Daryl M. Carter one step away from exiting the mixed-use corridor, closing on 10 acres south of Daryl Carter Parkway with buyer Epoch Residential for a recorded $7.5 million. Epoch’s plan is to build 250 apartments on the parcel south...

  • Veteran Polk developer prepping Winter Haven multifamily site for sale

    Veteran Polk developer prepping Winter Haven multifamily site for sale

    Longtime Lakeland real estate developer and homebuilder Larry Glenn Sr. is prepping to sell 19 acres in Winter Haven he bought and sat on for nearly 20 years. Glenn told GrowthSpotter Coldwell Banker Commercial's Gary Ralston will list the site on Spirit Lake Road and will target apartment developers....

  • Family owners behind one of Park Avenue's oldest retail properties look to divest

    Family owners behind one of Park Avenue's oldest retail properties look to divest

    The long-time family owners of one of Winter Park's oldest Park Avenue retail properties are looking to divest, and have their master lease-holder on board to facilitate a deal.  Located at 290 N. Park Ave., the two-story building lies across from the northern end of the city's Central Park, dates...

  • Legoland Florida to add new 150-room hotel tower at theme park

    Legoland Florida to add new 150-room hotel tower at theme park

    Legoland has followed through on plans first reported here a year ago to expand its hotel offerings at the Winter Haven theme park. Parent company Merlin Entertainments Group filed a site plan and construction documents on Aug. 16 with the city and Southwest Florida Water Management District for...

  • Virginia-based MF investor pays $28.5M for third Orlando-area apartment complex

    Virginia-based MF investor pays $28.5M for third Orlando-area apartment complex

    Virginia-based multifamily investor Chandler Residential paid $28.45 million on Aug. 16 for a 220-unit apartment complex in southeast Orlando, giving it two assets in Greater Orlando with more under watch.  Located at 3149 Landtree Place, the 14.2-acre Reserve at Conway apartments lie near the...

  • Frito-Lay plans $130M plant in Osceola across from Poinciana SunRail station

    Frito-Lay plans $130M plant in Osceola across from Poinciana SunRail station

    One of the world's largest snack food companies outlined plans on Monday to build a $130 million plant in Osceola County across from the Poinciana SunRail station. Frito-Lay is planning to construct a 286,000-square-foot, high-tech service facility to be completed in 2021. The automated distribution...

  • AV Homes enters Apopka market with new high-end Lakeside community

    AV Homes enters Apopka market with new high-end Lakeside community

    AV Homes will showcase a new array of larger, more contemporary home designs as it enters the Apopka market for the first time.   The Arizona-based homebuilder broke ground Friday on Lakeside, a 301-home gated community that will have its own park and community boat dock on Marshall Lake. Matt...

  • Boca Raton developer nears rezoning for mixed-use plans on SE Lake Nona corner

    Boca Raton developer nears rezoning for mixed-use plans on SE Lake Nona corner

    South Florida-based Futura Development Company has earned the rezoning needed for its first project in Greater Orlando near Lake Nona, and will seek an equity partner and construction lender in the coming months. Futura previously paid $3.05 million in May 2017 to complete an assemblage of what...

  • Leading industrial developer pays $4M for second home in Winter Park

    Leading industrial developer pays $4M for second home in Winter Park

    The lead executive of industrial developer McCraney Property Company paid $4.055 million on Wednesday in an off-market deal for his second home in Winter Park. Located off N. Park Avenue along a private drive and on a peninsula extending into Lake Maitland, the two-story home was built in 1978...

  • Equinox files lone proposal to redevelop Altamonte Springs City Hall complex

    Equinox files lone proposal to redevelop Altamonte Springs City Hall complex

    Maitland-based Equinox Development Properties made the lone proposal this week to redevelop the City of Altamonte Springs's City Hall and municipal complex property, bringing a team experienced in luxury multifamily and placemaking to the project.  City staff opened the proposal submission on Wednesday,...

  • Marijuana dispensary eyes former bank building on Cypress Gardens Boulevard

    Marijuana dispensary eyes former bank building on Cypress Gardens Boulevard

    A leading medical marijuana retailer is eyeing a former Wells Fargo branch on Winter Haven's Cypress Gardens Boulevard for the city's first dispensary. Surterra Wellness has signed a non-binding LOI to lease the vacant building for 10 years, and company officials met Thursday morning with Polk...

  • Brothers behind local lender buy downtown Orlando train depot, seek known retailer

    Brothers behind local lender buy downtown Orlando train depot, seek known retailer

    The brothers and co-CEOs of FBC Mortgage paid $3.975 million on Monday for downtown Orlando's historic Church Street Train Depot property, with plans to draw in a national or regional retailer and crowdsource to learn what the public wants there.  Located at 78 and 90 W. Church St. a block east...

  • Polk developers buy Haines City land approved for 367-lot subdivision

    Polk developers buy Haines City land approved for 367-lot subdivision

    A Polk County developer paid $1.2 million last week for nearly 90 acres of timberland on Haines City's Scenic Highway that has city approval for a 367-lot subdivision. Cassidy Organization, a Winter Haven-based land developer, won approval June 21 to rezone the property just east of Little Lake...

  • Fast-casual seafood concept opens first Orlando location, franchisee seeks more

    Fast-casual seafood concept opens first Orlando location, franchisee seeks more

    A Southern California-based fast-casual seafood concept will open the first of 40 potential Florida locations in Orlando this October. Slapfish offers a rotating menu of made-to-order fish sandwiches, tacos and lobster rolls, as well as salads, chowders and entrees. The brand currently has 14 units...

  • New Wyndham timeshare lead exec pays $2.7M+ for Winter Park home

    New Wyndham timeshare lead exec pays $2.7M+ for Winter Park home

    A lead executive for Wyndham's new timeshare ownership spinoff company paid $2.75 million in mid-August for a new custom home in Winter Park two blocks from N. Park Avenue. Located on Dixie Parkway, the 0.34-acre lot features a newly built two-story home with six bedrooms and six full baths across...

  • Pharmaceutical firm seeks city incentives to build $149M+ plant in Lake Nona

    Pharmaceutical firm seeks city incentives to build $149M+ plant in Lake Nona

    An affiliate of New Jersey-based Amicus Therapeutics, one of the world's largest biopharmaceutical companies, is seeking up to $3.99 million in city and state economic incentives to build a manufacturing facility in Lake Nona's Medical City, an investment it tells city staff would be at least $148.85...

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