Polk developer seeks mixed-use rezoning for Winter Haven site on U.S. 27 corridor

A Polk County physician and development partner have applied to Winter Haven for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to allow commercial uses and up to 500 apartments on vacant land near the intersection of U.S. 27 and Cypress Gardens Boulevard.

Planning Director Eric Labbe said the new PUD would be a northern expansion of the Preserve at Lake Ashton, a 370-acre PUD on Thompson Nursery Road that's already approved for up to 1,100 residential units, commercial development and a 500-bed assisted living facility. The two projects are separated by Carlton Arms apartments. 

Labbe said city staff had reviewed the initial Ashton North PUD application and sent it back to the developer with comments.

"We need to set up a meeting with them," he said. "We just need to talk to them about the location of the commercial, as well as the residential and commercial configuration."

The development team include physician Hasan Mousli and partner Gus Kaloti, principals of Ashton Land Development LLC.

Kaloti told GrowthSpotter they're calling the Cypress Gardens Boulevard site "Ashton North." It's currently zoned for agricultural use, and he expects the PUD application to go to the city's Planning Commission in August.

"We have a few interested partners lookng to do 400 apartments in Ashton north, in addition to commercial and retail space," Kaloti said.

Labbe said Mousli and Kaloti are seeking some minor amendments to the existing Ashton South PUD. 

"From my understanding, they've done some more surveying on the property and found that there's more wetlands than they originally planned for," Labbe said. "It's the same number of residential units, but there's a reduction of commercial and increase to the amount of conservation."

Mousli said the Ashton South PUD would have 450 single-family home sites, and he's already signed contracts with Adams Homes and Dream Finders Homes to build there. 

"I've also got an LOI from D.R. Horton for 166 lots," he said.

He and Kaloti have selected Agewell Living as operator for the ALF. 

"It will be a mix of independent living, assisted living and memory care with senior housing around it as well," Kaloti said. "The commercial south of the ALF will be medical office buildings." 

Mousli and Kaloti have also partnered on a 14-acre mixed-use development in Davenport called Champion Center

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