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  • Kissimmee study will focus on downtown performing arts venue at civic center

    Kissimmee study will focus on downtown performing arts venue at civic center

    Kissimmee and Osceola County leaders are in discussions to do a complete overhaul of the Kissimmee Civic Center and transform it into a performing and cultural arts venue. The city posted a Request for Proposals (RFP) on March 7 for a feasibility study to determine the best use for the 42,000-square-foot...

  • McCraney Property plans new industrial bldg in Lake Mary’s SunTech Park

    McCraney Property plans new industrial bldg in Lake Mary’s SunTech Park

    McCraney Property Co. is looking to expand its substantial Orlando-area industrial portfolio with a new 45,509-square-foot building in Lake Mary’s SunTech Commerce Park. Company president and CEO Steven McCraney said he plans to use all local contractors and labor once the project gets through...

  • Osceola negotiating with Salamander Hotels for expansion of Reunion Grande

    Osceola negotiating with Salamander Hotels for expansion of Reunion Grande

    Oscoela County officials are in preliminary discussions with Reunion Resort management for a conference hotel expansion and luxury spa valued at more than $100 million at the Four Corners golf resort. "For Salamander, we focus on luxury, and that means minimum four-star," said Prem Devadas, president...

  • Orange County seeks engineering firms to design two new master pump stations

    Orange County seeks engineering firms to design two new master pump stations

    Orange County is seeking engineering firms to help complete the master pump station projects serving Hamlin Groves Trail and Avalon Road, according to a recently published Request for Proposals (RFP).  The pump stations are being built to provide wastewater service to a growing portion of West...

  • Blurock and Intram partner on land for retail center near Mattamy's Randal Park

    Blurock and Intram partner on land for retail center near Mattamy's Randal Park

    Local developers Intram Investments and Blurock Commercial Real Estate are partnering on their fourth retail project together, with land under contract in Southeast Orlando for a shopping center near Mattamy Homes' growing Randal Park community.  Located on the northeast corner of Dowden Road and...

  • Solar-powered neighborhood expanding in the shadow of The Villages

    Solar-powered neighborhood expanding in the shadow of The Villages

    A development of solar-powered homes in the shadow of The Villages in Lady Lake is growing, fueled by customer interest in energy-efficient homes with solar panels that cut their electric bills to almost nothing. Green Key Village developer and builder Greg Thomas and his wife, Kim Thomas, of MainSail...

  • Demolition of police HQ next to Amway Center may wait till Fall w/men's shelter

    Demolition of police HQ next to Amway Center may wait till Fall w/men's shelter

    The Orlando Police Department is expected to fully vacate its old headquarters in Downtown Orlando in May, but demolition of the building to make way for the 8.4-acre Orlando Magic Entertainment Complex may not start until late Fall, when the neighboring men's shelter is also vacant.  A ribbon...

  • Ustler & partner file plans for mixed-use student housing tower in Creative Village

    Ustler & partner file plans for mixed-use student housing tower in Creative Village

    Ustler Development and a joint venture partner filed plans on Wednesday for the second project in Downtown Orlando's 68-acre Creative Village urban infill site, a 15-story mixed-use tower anchored by student housing. In conjunction with Phase 1 of UCF Downtown, Ustler and partner KUD International,...

  • Tavistock plan calls for fewer homes, more jobs on Osceola side of Sunbridge

    Tavistock plan calls for fewer homes, more jobs on Osceola side of Sunbridge

    Tavistock Development Company has filed a concept plan revealing new details about the first development phase of its massive Sunbridge community in Osceola County. The first major takeaway from the revised Master Plan is a significant reduction in the number of homes proposed in the early phases....

  • Bio-med machinery service co. to build new HQ in Winter Garden commerce park

    Bio-med machinery service co. to build new HQ in Winter Garden commerce park

    Orlando-based Injector Support & Service plans to build a new headquarters in Winter Garden that will also house its budding commercial real estate development business. The company plans to build a 10,000-square-foot building with 20 parking spaces on 1.37 acres in the Britt Business Center North...

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  • Owner of vacant Downtown Orlando office building hires broker, finalizes reno plans

    Owner of vacant Downtown Orlando office building hires broker, finalizes reno plans

    Flint, Mich.-based developer West Second Street Associates is finalizing designs for a complete renovation of the former AT&T office building in Downtown Orlando, has hired a local real estate broker to market the space and could start construction as soon as this Fall, the company's founder told...

  • Universal seeks Wet n' Wild site redevelopment for 4,000 hotel rooms

    Universal seeks Wet n' Wild site redevelopment for 4,000 hotel rooms

    Universal Orlando filed a framework master plan on Monday to redevelop its shuttered Wet 'n Wild property with up to 4,000 hotel rooms. Located at 6200 International Dr., 64.6 acres that make up the former water park property lie across nine contiguous parcels, with 23.65 acres for the water park...

  • ProLogis sells flex-industrial Chancellor Square buildings to Miami group

    ProLogis sells flex-industrial Chancellor Square buildings to Miami group

    Coconut Grove-based B&L Management Group paid more than $11.97 million on Friday for a three-building industrial portfolio west of the Florida Mall, offering synergies with a flex-industrial property they own across the street.  Located at 2400 Sand Lake Road and 8100-8150 Chancellor Square, the...

  • UCF seeks architect/engineer for $7M athletics office building expansion

    UCF seeks architect/engineer for $7M athletics office building expansion

    The University of Central Florida is seeking an architecture and engineering consultant to lead the $7 million expansion of its Wayne Densch Sports Center building, which will provide more space to UCF's football operations, and be a permanent home for much of the athletics department.  Located...

  • Osceola halts lakefront development despite permits, approves moratorium

    Osceola halts lakefront development despite permits, approves moratorium

    Under clear threat of litigation, Osceola County Commissioners voted Monday to reject a development agreement for 543 lakefront homes on Alligator Lake, despite the developer having approved permits and dramatically altering the project in response to environmental concerns on the Alligator Chain...

  • Hilton Orlando owner buys nearby land to retain water, free up pond for infill

    Hilton Orlando owner buys nearby land to retain water, free up pond for infill

    An affiliate of RIDA Development Corp., owner of the 1,418-room Hilton Orlando on the corner of Destination Parkway and International Drive, paid $3.85 million on Friday for an adjacent six acres, where it plans to divert the hotel's stormwater retention and free up more than 2 acres on the hotel...

  • Golf tour exec pays $2.4M for Lake Nona home sold by Titleist parent co.'s CEO

    Golf tour exec pays $2.4M for Lake Nona home sold by Titleist parent co.'s CEO

    The founder of two national amateur golf tours paid $2.4 million on March 10 for a home on the 12th green of the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club, sold at roughly half its cost by the lead executive of a national golf equipment company.   Located in the 9000 block of Sloane Street, the 7,400-square-foot...

  • Local CRE financing consultant & GC partner redevelop lots in Delaney Park

    Local CRE financing consultant & GC partner redevelop lots in Delaney Park

    A local real estate financing consultant and general contractor are partnering on property redevelopment in Downtown Orlando, focused on single-family homes in the coveted Delaney Park neighborhood. Todd Cohen, a commercial mortgage broker and principal at Cohen Real Estate Capital, and partners...

  • Goldelm & Michaelson pay $19.4M for apts property on Conway Road

    Goldelm & Michaelson pay $19.4M for apts property on Conway Road

    An affiliate of Colorado Springs-based Goldelm Apartments paid $19.4 million on Thursday for the 200-unit Park at Salerno apartments in East Orlando, partnering on the purchase with a long-time minority stakeholder and property manager.  Located at 2100 S. Conway Road, the 9.5-acre property features...

  • Anne Spencer, Cushman & Wakefield

    Anne Spencer, Cushman & Wakefield

    Anne Spencer didn’t have much down time last year. Her commercial real estate job is demanding, to be sure – Spencer is director of Office & Healthcare Brokerage Services at Cushman & Wakefield – but what really sucked up her free time was training. “I was out in Clermont most of the time, riding...

  • Orange County Public Schools has South I-Drive site under contract

    Orange County Public Schools has South I-Drive site under contract

    Orange County Public Schools has 20 acres under contract for a future elementary school on the southern end of International Drive, drawn to invest in the tourism corridor as a growing number of new apartments there attract and retain families.  Located in the 13000 block of South I-Drive and southeast...

  • Proposed Osceola building moratorium scaled back significantly

    Proposed Osceola building moratorium scaled back significantly

    Osceola County administrators have seriously walked back a controversial one-year building moratorium that could have put a halt to new development across 54 square miles around the Alligator Chain of Lakes. As it was originally drafted, the ordinance would have put a hold on the acceptance, processing or...

  • Tampa restaurant group bringing Fresh Kitchen concept to Orlando market

    Tampa restaurant group bringing Fresh Kitchen concept to Orlando market

    Tampa-based Ciccio Restaurant Group is bringing its healthy, fast-casual Fresh Kitchen concept to Orlando. CRG Vice President Steven Lanza told GrowthSpotter on Thursday the company has signed its first lease at Waterford Lakes Town Center, on Alafaya Trail just off the S.R. 408 expressway. It...

  • CitiTower in Downtown Orlando lines up 1st retail tenant, on pace for July opening

    CitiTower in Downtown Orlando lines up 1st retail tenant, on pace for July opening

    Buffalo, N.Y.-based The Healthy Scratch may begin its expansion via Downtown Orlando, a prospective first retail tenant in the 25-story CitiTower apartments south of Lake Eola that's on pace to open in July, the building's developer told GrowthSpotter.  Serving cold-pressed juices, smoothies, toasts,...

  • Mexican restaurant chain, cigar lounge new to Orlando planned at I-Drive 360

    Mexican restaurant chain, cigar lounge new to Orlando planned at I-Drive 360

    Irving, Texas-based Mexican restaurant chain Uncle Julio's is planning its first Central Florida location on International Drive, with construction underway on the building shell at I-Drive 360.  "They're someone we've been talking to for quite some time, it will be a very cool Mexican restaurant,"...

  • UCF seeks warehouse space for lease near campus to store housing assets

    UCF seeks warehouse space for lease near campus to store housing assets

    The University of Central Florida is seeking up to 10,000 square feet of warehouse space near its main campus to store Housing and Residence Life assets.  UCF's Housing Department warehouse operation handles the receiving, delivering and storage of all housing documents and assets, including furniture...

  • Developer pitches new retirement community next to ChampionsGate

    Developer pitches new retirement community next to ChampionsGate

    Polk County developer Jean Marsan met with Osceola County planners Wednesday morning to get feedback on his proposal for a 156.4-acre gated retirement community on Bella Citta Boulevard, next to ChampionsGate. Marsan, owner of Marsan Realty and Better Built Homes, is proposing a total of 671 residential...

  • Kean & Grosberg sell renovated Gamble Rogers home to local 'ROI Guy'

    Kean & Grosberg sell renovated Gamble Rogers home to local 'ROI Guy'

    The founder and CEO of a local valuation marketing business paid $2 million on March 10 for a James Gamble Rogers II-designed home in Winter Park, renovated over the past year by Phil Kean Design Group. Located on Alabama Drive with frontage on Lake Maitland, the 0.42-acre lot features a two-story...

  • National hospital chain buys land for emergency care facility in Four Corners

    National hospital chain buys land for emergency care facility in Four Corners

    Tennessee-based Community Health Systems is considering plans for a new emergency care facility on 4.2 acres the company recently purchased in southwest Orange County, near the Four Corners intersection.  CHS affiliates own, operate or lease 158 hospitals across 22 states, including the St. Cloud...

  • National tile & stone manufacturer plans first Orlando-area store, warehouse

    National tile & stone manufacturer plans first Orlando-area store, warehouse

    Bedrosians Tile and Stone, one of the nation's leading manufacturers, importers and distributors of such product for the construction industry, should break ground by May on its first showroom and warehouse in Greater Orlando, a lead executive with the company told GrowthSpotter.  Bedrosians principals...

  • Venterra pays $78.5M for District apts on Universal Blvd, drawn by retail value-add

    Venterra pays $78.5M for District apts on Universal Blvd, drawn by retail value-add

    Ontario-based multifamily owner/operator Venterra Realty paid $78.5 million on March 9 for the 425-unit The District apartments on Universal Boulevard, drawn to the value-add potential of vacant retail space in the growth epicenter of Orlando's tourism corridor, a lead executive with the company...

  • Tampa firm looking to build new 100-room branded hotel on W192 in Four Corners

    Tampa firm looking to build new 100-room branded hotel on W192 in Four Corners

    Tampa-based Laeq & Associates wants to build a new 100-room branded hotel on W192 in the Four Corners area if the firm can solve the riddle of how to develop the 8.2-acre site. "We're going through our due diligence, but the site has some challenges," Principal Syed Laeq Ali told GrowthSpotter. He's...

  • Panera & Orlando's 4th Shake Shack planned for Mall at Millenia outparcel

    Panera & Orlando's 4th Shake Shack planned for Mall at Millenia outparcel

    Covelli Enterprises, the nation's largest Panera Bread franchisee, is planning to relocate its Panera from inside the Mall at Millenia to a new outparcel building along Conroy Road, and share the space with what will be Orlando's fourth Shake Shack restaurant.  To be located at 4054 Conroy Road...

  • Becknell Industrial buys land for Phase 2 spec warehouses west of airport

    Becknell Industrial buys land for Phase 2 spec warehouses west of airport

    Indianapolis-based developer Becknell Industrial paid $8.5 million last Thursday for another 50 acres at the Mulvaney brothers' Air Commerce Park assemblage west of Orlando International Airport, where it should break ground this summer on a second phase of speculative warehouses totaling 533,000...

  • New York's United Group plans new apartment complex in Kissimmee

    New York's United Group plans new apartment complex in Kissimmee

    New York-based developer United Group is seeking site plan approval from the City of Kissimmee for a 108-unit apartment complex on John Young Parkway, about two blocks north of W. Vine Street. The Hamilton at Lakeside would be built on roughly 6 acres, accessing John Young Parkway via Bermuda Lakes...

  • Lennar files preliminary plan for more than 800 homes at ChampionsGate

    Lennar files preliminary plan for more than 800 homes at ChampionsGate

    Lennar representatives will meet with Oscoela County planners Wednesday to begin discussions for the next phase in ChampionsGate comprising approximately 821 new homes and condos. The Four Corners community is approved for more than 3,000 homes. The homebuilder has filed conceptual plans for a...

  • Local CRE exec plans new custom home in historic district of Downtown Orlando

    Local CRE exec plans new custom home in historic district of Downtown Orlando

    A local executive for national real estate investment group Anchor Health Properties is planning his new dream home in a historic neighborhood of Downtown Orlando, and has yet to hire a custom home builder.  To be located in the 100 block of Rosearden Drive, the planned two-story home is projected...

  • Clearwater developer preps 10 acres outside Ocoee for future retail center

    Clearwater developer preps 10 acres outside Ocoee for future retail center

    Clearwater-based Epic Development is preparing nearly 10 acres on a highly trafficked corner outside Ocoee for a new neighborhood retail center.  Located on the southeast corner of Clarcona Ocoee Road and N. Apopka Vineland Road, just outside Ocoee city limits, most of the project's 9.81 acres...

  • Leesburg’s Beacon College chases growth spurt with new student housing plans

    Leesburg’s Beacon College chases growth spurt with new student housing plans

    Leesburg-based Beacon College is in the middle of a growth spurt, sparking plans for campus renovations and expansion for the east side of the Lake County city’s downtown. Founded by a group of parents in 1989 to provide students with learning disabilities, autism and ADHD a college education,...

  • Nike executive pays $895k for lakefront estate in Southeast Orlando

    Nike executive pays $895k for lakefront estate in Southeast Orlando

    A high-ranking Nike executive is the new owner of a waterfront estate nestled on nearly 4 acres along Lake Mary Jane in Orlando. Zoe Krislock, a vice president and general manager of Nike Canada, paid $895,428 for the property in the 13000 block of S. Lake Mary Jane Road, according to a deed signed...

  • Popular Latin restaurant plans new location behind Osceola Heritage Park

    Popular Latin restaurant plans new location behind Osceola Heritage Park

    One of the Orlando area's most popular Latin restaurants has filed plans for a major expansion in Kissimmee just north of Osceola Heritage Park. Melao Bakery is seeking approval from Osceola County's Development Review Committee for a new, 16,400-square-foot building at the corner of Fortune Road...

  • Downtown Winter Garden building nears construction, leasing agent sought

    Downtown Winter Garden building nears construction, leasing agent sought

    Winter Garden’s first downtown apartments in years are close to a construction start, and the developers are looking for restaurant, office, and retail tenants for the 8,600 square feet of commercial space planned for the ground level of a three-story mixed-use building. “We will hire a leasing...

  • Osceola Commissioner: Moratorium ordinance will change before March 20

    Osceola Commissioner: Moratorium ordinance will change before March 20

    Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. told GrowthSpotter on Wednesday he expects a major rewrite of a controversial building moratorium ordinance around the Alligator Chain of Lakes before it reaches the board on March 20. Hawkins said the draft ordinance that was slated to halt new construction...

  • KB Home buys land in East Narcoossee for new subdivision

    KB Home buys land in East Narcoossee for new subdivision

    Another national homebuilder is putting down stakes in the East Narcoossee community with a $2.1 million land acquisition at the corner of Zuni and Jack Brack roads. Jim Reinert, vice president of land for KB Home in Central Florida, told GrowthSpotter the homebuilder bought the 18-plus acres fully...

  • United Capital on pace for Q2 opening of Downtown Orlando Marriott, bringing own new restaurant brand

    United Capital on pace for Q2 opening of Downtown Orlando Marriott, bringing own new restaurant brand

    New York-based United Capital Corp. has renovation work on pace for a Second Quarter opening of the closed Downtown Orlando hotel it plans to reopen as a full-service Marriott, and will be introducing its own restaurant chain to the property.  Located at 400 W. Livingston St., the 2.13-acre site...

  • Local contractor preps site for first multifamily development, seeks lender

    Local contractor preps site for first multifamily development, seeks lender

    A local general contractor may be seeking a construction lender in the coming months to get behind his first personal investment in commercial development, a 27-unit multifamily project in Southeast Orlando.  Located at 6847 Hoffner Ave., the 1.5 acres across two parcels lie just west of an intersection...

  • Sanford begins early negotiations to build downtown parking garages

    Sanford begins early negotiations to build downtown parking garages

    When Theo Hollerbach opened his German restaurant in downtown Sanford in 2001, finding a place to park was never an issue. In fact, the owner of the popular Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café would play soccer with employees during afternoons on 1st Street in front of his restaurant, with little chance...

  • Osceola to consider moratorium on new development on 35K acres around lakes

    Osceola to consider moratorium on new development on 35K acres around lakes

    Osceola Commissioners are scheduled to vote March 20 on a one-year moratorium for new development that could affect 35,000 acres on and around the Alligator Chain of Lakes, to conduct an environmental study of the watershed. The item was on the board's March 6 agenda, but that meeting was canceled...

  • Developer & VHB pitch shared parking for new building in Downtown Winter Park

    Developer & VHB pitch shared parking for new building in Downtown Winter Park

    Local property developer and manager Battaglia Group is exploring lenders for a planned three-story Class A office and retail building in Downtown Winter Park, with initial city approvals expected this month and the first dining tenant signed, a lead executive with the company told GrowthSpotter. ...

  • New developer buys land slated for Winter Springs apts, groundbreaking in April

    New developer buys land slated for Winter Springs apts, groundbreaking in April

    Atlanta-based Catalyst Development Partners paid $5 million on March 1 for a 16.5-acre parcel in Winter Springs slated for a 279-unit apartment project. The apartments were to be built by Pollack Shores Real Estate Group, which guided the project through the city’s entitlement process last year....

  • Hanover Company plans 394 apts for 3rd piece of Grenada land in Dr. Phillips

    Hanover Company plans 394 apts for 3rd piece of Grenada land in Dr. Phillips

    Houston-based multifamily developer The Hanover Company is preparing to re-enter the Orlando market after more than 20 years, as the third buyer under contract for land along Turkey Lake Road that's considered one of the last large housing infill opportunities in Dr. Phillips. Based southwest of...

  • Issa Homes VP sells custom-built Celebration home for nearly $1.5M

    Issa Homes VP sells custom-built Celebration home for nearly $1.5M

    For the second time in as many weeks, one of Orlando's leading luxury custom homebuilders has sold his personal home in Celebration, this time for $1.485 million. Jeff Marchell, vice president of Issa Homes, built the nearly 5,000-square-foot house on Hubbard Court in 2005. The five-bedroom, six-bath...

  • California CRE investors pay $15.5M for affordable apts complex near Orlando

    California CRE investors pay $15.5M for affordable apts complex near Orlando

    Rivergate Companies, a South Florida real estate firm, turned a $6 million profit on its recent sale of an Orlando-area apartment complex, and the company is looking for more investments in Central Florida. An affiliate LLC of the company sold Beacon Hill Apartments for $15.5 million on Feb. 28,...

  • Restaurants lined up for new Downtown Winter Garden mixed-use building

    Restaurants lined up for new Downtown Winter Garden mixed-use building

    The developers of Winter Garden’s successful Crooked Can Brewing Company is on the cusp of starting another downtown Winter Garden development just a stone's throw away: an office building with three restaurants on the first floor and office space, including the Crooked Can headquarters, on the...

  • Developer set to close on 18 acres in Ocoee, seeks lender for $12M charter school

    Developer set to close on 18 acres in Ocoee, seeks lender for $12M charter school

    Washington, D.C.-based charter school developer Building Hope should close on nearly 18 acres next week in Ocoee and break ground a month later on a $12 million school, and has to yet choose its construction lender, a lead executive with the company told GrowthSpotter.  Located at 1646-1610 N....

  • Mortgage broker preps lakefront site near Ocoee for entry-level townhomes

    Mortgage broker preps lakefront site near Ocoee for entry-level townhomes

    A veteran local mortgage broker has a lakefront acre near Ocoee with plans for townhomes priced toward first-time buyers, and will seek county approvals and a general contractor in the coming months. Located at 803 Pahoa St., the 1.05-acre parcel faces Lake Sherwood, and lies northeast of the intersection...

  • Omni Orlando Resort execs foresee big payoff from expansion set to open in May

    Omni Orlando Resort execs foresee big payoff from expansion set to open in May

    Executives at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate are expecting a big payoff from their $40 million expansion set to open on Memorial Day.   "We project that within two years, we will be running at above 70-percent occupancy," Marketing and Sales Director Jean Spaulding said on Friday. "That...

  • CRE investors buy industrial building near Creative Village, plan repositioning

    CRE investors buy industrial building near Creative Village, plan repositioning

    Local real estate broker and developer Nick Jones and his family's commercial real estate business Red Bell Partners paid $2.3 million on Tuesday for their second investment property in Downtown Orlando, aiming to capitalize on the population influx at Creative Village in the coming years.  Located...

  • Custom homebuilder sells eight-bedroom Celebration estate for $1.9M

    Custom homebuilder sells eight-bedroom Celebration estate for $1.9M

    Luxury custom homebuilder Mike Kamenoff added all the bells and whistles to the eight-bedroom classic Celebration estate home on Arbor Court. After all, the client wasn't just any buyer -- it was his own family. "I owned that lot for six years before I built on it," he said. "We customized it for...

  • Aventura developer plans mixed-use for 18 acres by SunRail, CRE leasing agent sought

    Aventura developer plans mixed-use for 18 acres by SunRail, CRE leasing agent sought

    An affiliate of Aventura-based Master Real Estate filed plans this week for a mixed-use development on 18 acres within walking distance of the Sand Lake Road SunRail station, and will seek a commercial leasing agent and lender in the coming months, a partner with the group told GrowthSpotter.  ...

  • Veterinarian buys land for new animal hospital planned off S. John Young Pkwy

    Veterinarian buys land for new animal hospital planned off S. John Young Pkwy

    Veterinarian Dr. Giovanni Vergel should break ground in the coming weeks on a new Crystal Lake Animal Hospital across the street from his current office on S. John Young Parkway. Vergel plans to build a 6,672-square-foot building on a 1.48-acre parcel at 12210 Crystal Commerce Way, according to...

  • Osceola's W192 Development Authority ups grant money to $3M in 2018 budget

    Osceola's W192 Development Authority ups grant money to $3M in 2018 budget

    Osceola County's W192 Development Authority voted Thursday to allocate $2.4 million -- nearly half of its FY2018 operating budget -- for sign grants.  But much, if not all, of the funding could be spoken for before it becomes available Oct. 1.  The program, which provides 100 percent reimbursement...

  • Longwood seeks construction bidders for city park, building demo & new pond

    Longwood seeks construction bidders for city park, building demo & new pond

    The City of Longwood is seeking bidders on two major projects: redevelopment of Reiter Park, and the demolition of a wastewater plant and construction of an irrigation supply pond at the plant’s former site. Leaders of the Seminole County city have been talking for years about major improvements...

  • O'Connor Capital updates 69-acre retail center plans on Daryl Carter Pkwy

    O'Connor Capital updates 69-acre retail center plans on Daryl Carter Pkwy

    New York-based developer O'Connor Capital Partners has updated plans for a power center along Daryl Carter Parkway that go before Orange County staff next week for review, and some retail and dining brands listed on the latest draft would be new entrants to the Orlando market.  The new retail,...

  • DeBartolo Development to build new apartments in Reunion Resort

    DeBartolo Development to build new apartments in Reunion Resort

    Reunion Resort master developer Encore Capital Management is teaming up with a familiar partner to develop a new luxury apartment complex just off the S.R. 429 interchange. DeBartolo Development President and COO Edward Kobel told GrowthSpotter the Tampa-based company hopes to break ground in a...

  • Drive Shack leases Lake Nona land, awaits permits to break ground on golf facility

    Drive Shack leases Lake Nona land, awaits permits to break ground on golf facility

    New York-based Drive Shack, Inc. is still waiting on multiple permit approvals to break ground in Lake Nona on its first interactive golf-themed dining and entertainment facility, but expects the project to cost up to $25 million and open within 12 months, company executives said Tuesday during...

  • Wieland moving Celebration office to Lake Nona, expanding footprint & staff

    Wieland moving Celebration office to Lake Nona, expanding footprint & staff

    National general contractor Wieland Corporation is moving its Orlando-area office to Lake Nona, more than doubling its square footage with plans to add staff this year.  Located at 6900 Tavistock Lakes Blvd., the four-story, 85,000-square-foot office building in Lake Nona's Town Center Phase 1...

  • Orlando physicians sell retail strip in Orange, then reinvest in Kissimmee

    Orlando physicians sell retail strip in Orange, then reinvest in Kissimmee

    Two of Orlando's leading gastroenterologists, who happen to be brothers, recently paid $2.3 million for a 9,240-square-foot retail strip center in Kissimmee. Doctors Srinivas Seela and Harinath Sheela are both Yale Medical School graduates who opened a family practice, Digestive and Liver Center...

  • Edible Arrangements couple pays $5.6M for castle-like home in Windermere

    Edible Arrangements couple pays $5.6M for castle-like home in Windermere

    A couple behind one of the country's most recognized gift bouquet brands paid $5.6 million on Feb. 21 for their own castle in Windermere, buying from a British soccer club executive who moved his family back to England.  Located in the 6000 block of Cartmel Lane in the Reserve at Lake Butler Sound...

  • Encore secures $40.6M loan for retail center at Margaritaville

    Encore secures $40.6M loan for retail center at Margaritaville

    The developer of Kissimmee's Margaritaville Resort has secured $40.6 million in financing from an Arkansas-based bank to complete the shopping center at the entrance to the Jimmy Buffett-themed resort. Encore Capital Management transferred the 40-acre shopping center, Shoppes at Rolling Oaks, to...

  • Apopka issues bid requests for engineers, construction & splash pad design-build

    Apopka issues bid requests for engineers, construction & splash pad design-build

    The City of Apopka is seeking new general contractor and geotechnical engineering service providers, as well as a firm to design and build a splash pad at Kit Land Nelson Park, as outlined in three separate bid requests issued within the past week. The city wants a general contractor or contractors...

  • Orlando Infiniti dealer plans parking garage to boost inventory, will seek lender

    Orlando Infiniti dealer plans parking garage to boost inventory, will seek lender

    Orlando Infiniti is pursuing plans to redevelop a portion of its dealership north of the Mall at Millenia as a four-level parking garage, and will seek a construction loan in the coming months to help finance the project, the dealership's vice president told GrowthSpotter.  Located at 4225 Millenia...

  • Developer building new medical offices near Winter Haven Hospital

    Developer building new medical offices near Winter Haven Hospital

    Lakeland homebuilder Olivera Construction is venturing into commercial real estate with a new medical office building a few blocks south of Winter Haven Hospital. Consulting engineers with JSK Consulting filed new plans last week with the Southwest Florida Water Management District for a 4,000-square-foot...

  • Ocoee seeks architects to produce design criteria for new City Hall building

    Ocoee seeks architects to produce design criteria for new City Hall building

    The City of Ocoee is seeking an architectural design firm to create the design criteria that will be used to build a new City Hall, according to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) published on Monday. The project will be funded by bond proceeds and other revenue appropriated by the City Commission,...

  • Local developer starts self-storage focus with land buy in East Orange

    Local developer starts self-storage focus with land buy in East Orange

    Orlando-based Structure Development paid $772,650 on Friday for a tight 1.59 acres northeast of Waterford Lakes Town Center, with plans to go vertical on a new CubeSmart self-storage facility and retain water underneath.  Spanning 12701 and 12711 E. Colonial Dr., east of the S.R. 408 intersection,...

  • New market entry among 4 restaurant brands on plan for North I-Drive project

    New market entry among 4 restaurant brands on plan for North I-Drive project

    Four national restaurant chains may anchor the first phase of Cincinnati-based North American Properties' 16.5-acre mixed-use project planned on the northern end of International Drive, directly south of Orlando International Premium Outlets.  An affiliate of the developer filed a Master Signage...

  • Osceola wants prototype design for replacement elementary school in St. Cloud

    Osceola wants prototype design for replacement elementary school in St. Cloud

    The Osceola County School District is in the market for an architectural prototype design to replace the county's oldest elementary school - Michigan Avenue Elementary in St. Cloud. The district's purchasing department posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architectural and engineering...

  • Royal Oak Homes buys up lot inventory in Magic Landings for $1.33M

    Royal Oak Homes buys up lot inventory in Magic Landings for $1.33M

    Royal Oak Homes paid $1.33 million last week to buy all 28 undeveloped lots in Magic Landings, a gated community right next door to the Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center at NeoCity. President Stephen Orosz told GrowthSpotter tjat Royal Oak zeroed in on the neighborhood because of its...

  • InVictus Development's Parramore project back on track for state funding

    InVictus Development's Parramore project back on track for state funding

    The Florida Housing Finance Corp. (FHFC) board unanimously rejected a legal challenge on Wednesday that was stalling several affordable housing developments in Florida's most populous counties, including the planned redevelopment of 6.34 acres in Downtown Orlando known as "Parramore Oaks."  Tampa-based...

  • OUC seeks on-call general contractors for various construction projects

    OUC seeks on-call general contractors for various construction projects

    The Orlando Utilities Commission, which provides electricity and water for Orlando and parts of surrounding Orange County, is seeking multiple general contractors for projects big and small in the coming year.  In a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued Wednesday, OUC said it needs contractors to...

  • Sanford seeks land & planning consultants to evaluate Comp Plan

    Sanford seeks land & planning consultants to evaluate Comp Plan

    The City of Sanford is seeking land management and planning consultants to help it review and update its Comprehensive Plan, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) published on Wednesday.  The RFP invites qualified firms or individuals to work on the city's preparation of a Comprehensive Plan...

  • Johnson Development scoops up retail site at W192 and Westside Blvd

    Johnson Development scoops up retail site at W192 and Westside Blvd

    South Carolina-based Johnson Development Associates has launched construction on its sixth Orlando-area self-storage facility, after paying $1.2 million Feb. 10 for a 3-acre parcel in the Four Corners area. Robert Sucher, JDA's senior real estate manager, told GrowthSpotter the company chose the...

  • PGA golfer Chris DiMarco sells lakefront mansion in Longwood

    PGA golfer Chris DiMarco sells lakefront mansion in Longwood

    A PGA golf pro recently sold his lakeside mansion in Longwood for $3 million to a wealthy businessman who is building one of the state’s biggest mosques. Golfer Christian “Chris” DiMarco and his wife Amy sold their 11,630-square-foot home on Linden Lake to Gulam A. Jaffer and Fatima Jaffer, according...

  • ContraVest buys land on Universal Blvd for second-phase apartments

    ContraVest buys land on Universal Blvd for second-phase apartments

    Altamonte Springs-based ContraVest paid just over $7.07 million on Tuesday for the site of its second phase of apartments on Universal Boulevard, with an expectation to break ground by April, a lead executive with the company told GrowthSpotter.  The developer, builder and manager of market rate...

  • Orlando City SC's plans for parking around downtown stadium detailed on new map

    Orlando City SC's plans for parking around downtown stadium detailed on new map

    Orlando City Soccer Club will seek approval next week for five new gameday parking lot sites around its Downtown Orlando stadium set to open March 5, and in the process has shared its event parking map that affirms plans for land neighboring the stadium.  OCSC is requesting temporary use permits...

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