Retail & Restaurants Developments

  • Developer preps soccer-themed bar on Church Street across from stadium

    Developer preps soccer-themed bar on Church Street across from stadium

    Local developer Timothy Green is planning to renovate a 68-year-old building in Parramore across from Orlando City Soccer Stadium to house a new soccer-themed bar, the second retail project he has backed on W. Church Street in the past six months.  Located at 642 W. Church St., the 0.21-acre parcel...

  • Andy's Frozen Custard seeks unique sign variance for first FL store on I-Drive

    Andy's Frozen Custard seeks unique sign variance for first FL store on I-Drive

    Missouri-based Andy's Frozen Custard is progressing with plans to build its first Central Florida location on the northern end of International Drive, but needs the city of Orlando to agree to a unique building design that incorporates ice cream on the roof.  First reported here in late November...

  • Construction to start this month on $1.7B Magic Place on Kissimmee's W192 corridor

    Construction to start this month on $1.7B Magic Place on Kissimmee's W192 corridor

    Magic Development received its construction permit Tuesday for the first phase of its $1.7 billion Magic Place by Pininfarina resort, and will start clearing the site within three weeks, executives told GrowthSpotter. Magic CEO Rodrigo Cunha said the mass grading and roadway construction should...

  • Ferber plans new grocery-anchored retail center near Reunion Resort

    Ferber plans new grocery-anchored retail center near Reunion Resort

    A Jacksonville-based developer is in the early planning stages for a new grocery-anchored retail plaza on church-owned land just south of Reunion Resort. The Ferber Company met last week with Polk County planning staff prior to filing a subdivision permit for the 7-acre parcel at the southeast...

  • New dinosaur attraction coming to I-Drive, Artegon retailer preps for move

    New dinosaur attraction coming to I-Drive, Artegon retailer preps for move

    Premier Exhibitions, Inc., operator of "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" on International Drive, is preparing to lease a vacant building next door and open a new dinosaur-themed attraction by September, while one of the last retailers active at Artegon Marketplace is also preparing a move down...

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  • I-Drive budget hotel owner mulls new two-story retail bldg to maximize frontage

    I-Drive budget hotel owner mulls new two-story retail bldg to maximize frontage

    The owner of two International Drive budget hotels north of Carrier Drive wants to maximize his property's frontage with plans for a new two-story restaurant building, and a pizza franchise in the lobby.   A building permit application was filed last week with Orange County for a new "Pizza@" franchise...

  • Medical office and retail planned for Fruitland Park area of The Villages

    Medical office and retail planned for Fruitland Park area of The Villages

    A developer is in the early stages of seeking permits for an office and retail center at the doorstep of The Village’s newest neighborhood off C.R. 466-A in Fruitland Park. Located at the northwest corner of 466-A and Micro Race Track Road, the 10.38-acre property is owned by Degma Investments...

  • Developer plans QSR pads at Kirkman & L.B. Mcleod, readies site near outlet mall

    Developer plans QSR pads at Kirkman & L.B. Mcleod, readies site near outlet mall

    Retail developer NGI Investments is lining up three stand-alone restaurant pad tenants for a new project at S. Kirkman and L.B. Mcleod roads, nearing construction on a site near Vineland Premium Outlets, and has projects in Winter Park and Kissimmee in pre-lease limbo.  Roughly 1.3 acres is under...

  • Developer plans region's 2nd Sunbelt Rentals construction equipment store

    Developer plans region's 2nd Sunbelt Rentals construction equipment store

    Charlotte-based developer MPV Properties is preparing a site in Ocoee facing S.R. 429 for Greater Orlando's second store by construction equipment supplier Sunbelt Rentals.  Located at 501 Enterprise St., the 27.86-acre vacant industrial parcel boasts frontage on Maguire Road and the highway, just...

  • Margaritaville Resort breaks ground on $90M Kissimmee hotel

    Margaritaville Resort breaks ground on $90M Kissimmee hotel

    Margaritaville officials raised a glass Thursday morning with tourism representatives from the Orlando region as they officially broke ground on the new 187-room Kissimmee hotel. The new hotel is the centerpiece of the company's $750 million resort that has been called a game-changer for Osceola...

  • Dallas-based CRE developer enters Orlando mkt w/land east of Winter Park

    Dallas-based CRE developer enters Orlando mkt w/land east of Winter Park

    Dallas-based developer Victory Real Estate Group paid more than $2.27 million on July 21 to enter the Orlando market, buying land east of Winter Pines Golf Course for what will likely be a multi-tenant commercial building.  Located in the 2200 block of N. Semoran Boulevard at the southeast corner...

  • Lake Wales' McGuire Kia planning new dealership across from Eagle Ridge Mall

    Lake Wales' McGuire Kia planning new dealership across from Eagle Ridge Mall

    Dyer Auto Group has filed plans for a pair of new car dealerships on U.S. 27 in Lake Wales, across from Eagle Ridge Mall. The Vero Beach-based dealer group bought the 19-acre parcel in January for $2.2 million and already has an approved Preliminary Site Plan from the city.  The plan identifies...

  • Owner of Kissimmee shopping center near SunRail plans 43k SF expansion

    Owner of Kissimmee shopping center near SunRail plans 43k SF expansion

    The owner of a distressed shopping center next to the new Tupperware SunRail station in Kissimmee has filed plans for a two-phased retail expansion that would add 43,000 square feet of leasable space. Louisiana-based PMAT purchased the Gateway Station shopping center just off the Osceola Parkway...

  • Sanford Reagan Center owner draws $740k in demo funds, seeks developer

    Sanford Reagan Center owner draws $740k in demo funds, seeks developer

    Owners of the former Flea World property in Sanford have about 110 gross acres still actively marketed for sale, and are considering only buyers for the entirety while they finish installing a master lift station on what was once dubbed "America's Largest Flea Market."  Seminole County Commissioners...

  • Connecticut-based CRE investor pays $9.77M for Lake Nona Sam's Club site

    Connecticut-based CRE investor pays $9.77M for Lake Nona Sam's Club site

    Connecticut-based real estate investor David A. Mack Properties paid $9.77 million on Friday for two Sam's Club-anchored lots at Lake Nona Landing, a month after selling two outparcels up the road.  Located at 11920 and 11912 Narcoossee Road, Mack's affiliate LLCs DAM Moss Parc and Mack Moss Parc...

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  • Dowdys plan 2nd new I-Drive inline retail bldg south of Wet 'n Wild site

    Dowdys plan 2nd new I-Drive inline retail bldg south of Wet 'n Wild site

    Dowdy Properties, a mainstay commercial real estate owner and operator on International Drive, has a new inline retail building next to Universal Orlando's former Wet 'n Wild property that's fully leased with tenants new to the submarket, and plans to clear land for another new building next year. ...

  • IBI Group seeking new permits for 3,000-home BK Ranch project

    IBI Group seeking new permits for 3,000-home BK Ranch project

    Entitlement specialist IBI Group is rebooting the 948-acre BK Ranch mixed-use project south of Kissimmee with a new round of permit applications. The firm had been seeking a Comprehensive Plan Amendment in 2015 for a Mixed-Use district. At the time the property had a developer on board, GreenPointe...

  • Owners pitch historic reno of Parramore bldg near stadium w/new gastropub

    Owners pitch historic reno of Parramore bldg near stadium w/new gastropub

    Owners of a half-vacant retail building near Orlando City Soccer Club's new stadium in Parramore are proposing a historic renovation for a new bar and restaurant, the first phase of what may be multiple property redevelopments they'd pursue in the immediate area.  Located at 532 W. Church St.,...

  • Osceola DRC approves Tavistock's Sunbridge Phase 1 concept plan

    Osceola DRC approves Tavistock's Sunbridge Phase 1 concept plan

    Osceola County's Development Review Committee approved a revised Concept Plan by Tavistock Development Company on Wednesday morning for a 2,700-acre first phase of Sunbridge. The new plan incorporates some changes from the developer's original plan that were requested by county staff. Tavistock...

  • PetSuites plans Florida market entry via Winter Springs, land under contract

    PetSuites plans Florida market entry via Winter Springs, land under contract

    PetSuites of America, a high-end boarding and grooming service for dogs and cats, plans to make its Florida debut on the southeast corner of State Roads 434 and 417 in Winter Springs. The company has submitted a final site plan for the new spa and kennel to Winter Springs planning staff, and has...

  • CRE investor eyes Orlando's tourism corridor for new U.S. Cricket League

    CRE investor eyes Orlando's tourism corridor for new U.S. Cricket League

    Pennsylvania-based Global Sports Ventures has named Orlando among eight U.S. markets targeted for a new professional cricket league it plans to launch by 2020, and has hired JLL's Sports and Entertainment Group to lead site selection for a potential mixed-use complex where it would build a stadium,...

  • Kissimmee's Int'l Promenade strip center sold to California investor for $5.6M

    Kissimmee's Int'l Promenade strip center sold to California investor for $5.6M

    A Southern California businessman paid $5.6 million last week for the International Promenade shopping center in Kissimmee's tourism corridor. Habib Jaboro told GrowthSpotter on Tuesday this is his family's first investment in Florida. Jaboro, who has been in the grocery and liquor store business,...

  • Clermont boat dealership plans move and expansion w/new building

    Clermont boat dealership plans move and expansion w/new building

    Tommy’s Florida, part of a national chain of boat dealerships, has filed plans to build a new two-story, 14,000 square-foot sales and service building in Clermont to replace its current leased facility nearby. Located on the south side S.R. 50 just east of a U-Haul rental business, a Development...

  • Site work to start next week on Tremont Plaza tower, 4th office tenant signed

    Site work to start next week on Tremont Plaza tower, 4th office tenant signed

    Lincoln Property Company expects to begin tearing up gravel next week and testing pile depths on the site of its planned 28-story mixed-use Tremont Plaza tower in Downtown Orlando, and has a fourth office tenant now under contract, a lead executive with the company told GrowthSpotter.  "We're finally...

  • Developer preps Phase 3 retail for Shoppes at Alafaya, wetlands mitigation an issue

    Developer preps Phase 3 retail for Shoppes at Alafaya, wetlands mitigation an issue

    A Miami Beach-based developer has a half dozen big-box retail tenants and specialty grocer lined up for a long-anticipated third phase of The Shoppes at Alafaya, but must find common ground with Orange County over wetlands mitigation.  Located on 16 acres at 1100-1250 N. Alafaya Trail northwest...

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  • Minn.-based developer planning more retail & restaurants in Calypso Cay

    Minn.-based developer planning more retail & restaurants in Calypso Cay

    Minnesota-based Ryan Companies is under contract to buy a 7.4-acre vacant lot in the Calypso Cay resort area and plans a mix of retail and restaurants there. Two executives with Ryan's Southeast regional office in Tampa met Wednesday with Osceola County's planning staff to discuss potential site...

  • Winter Garden seeks CRE developer for downtown district land sale

    Winter Garden seeks CRE developer for downtown district land sale

    The city of Winter Garden is seeking a real estate developer to buy and redevelop 0.19 acres in its downtown business district as multi-story commercial or mixed use, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued on Tuesday. Located at 270 W. Plant St. in the historic downtown area directly...

  • Local CRE investor has contract on 2nd Mama B's Giant Subs site in SoDo Orlando

    Local CRE investor has contract on 2nd Mama B's Giant Subs site in SoDo Orlando

    An Orlando real estate investment group has the second Mama B's Giant Subs property in Downtown Orlando's SoDo District under contract, with a month of due diligence ahead before an earnest money deposit goes hard.   Located at 1101 S. Orange Ave. on the southeast corner with Annie Street, the...

  • Second brew pub planned in historic Downtown Eustis

    Second brew pub planned in historic Downtown Eustis

    Eustis has a second brew pub coming on tap in downtown, planned for the former Magnolia Café and bike shop on the prominent corner of N. Bay Street and Magnolia Avenue. Dubbed the Bay Street Brewery & Bistro, the new business is led by Eustis couple Lea and Bill Beckett, who own a craft liquor...

  • PDQ buys old bank branch site in Winter Park for 7th area restaurant

    PDQ buys old bank branch site in Winter Park for 7th area restaurant

    An affiliate of Tampa-based fast-casual restaurant chain PDQ paid $3.3 million on Friday to enter Winter Park, buying a long-time bank branch site that will be redeveloped as its seventh location in Greater Orlando.  Located at 925 S. Orlando Ave., the 0.82-acre property lies on the southwest corner...

  • Food halls latest trend in mixed-use developments, experts say

    Food halls latest trend in mixed-use developments, experts say

    As developers of high-end mixed-use buildings look for ways to offer unique dining options to their residents, many are now turning to food halls as a key element in their retail mix. "As we right-size retail now, chef-driven food halls work because people want to live locally," Bayer Properties...

  • Intram banks 28 acres for future options north of Sunrise City Plaza project

    Intram banks 28 acres for future options north of Sunrise City Plaza project

    Orlando-based developer Intram Investments paid $2.2 million in late May for 28 acres currently landlocked on the southern edge of Orange County, which it deems worthy of banking in anticipation of a future road extension, and 238 acres it's developing directly south of the county line.  Located...

  • Narcoossee land assemblage slated for live-work development

    Narcoossee land assemblage slated for live-work development

    The city of St. Cloud will consider an annexation request for 11.5 acres assembled on Narcoossee Road for a proposed live-work development. The case goes to the city's Planning Commission on June 20. The four parcels lie on the west side of Narcoossee, just across Rummell Road from Turtle Creek....

  • Excelsior readies 38 acres on Palm Pkwy & I-4 for bidders, self storage developer

    Excelsior readies 38 acres on Palm Pkwy & I-4 for bidders, self storage developer

    Colorado-based Excelsior Capital Partners has a new listing agent for 38.8 acres it owns along Interstate 4 in Orlando's tourism corridor, and a zoning tweak ahead to position the site for subdivision and sale to commercial developers in the coming year.  The first will be a 2.21-acre portion on...

  • Aldi preps store expansions in Sanford & Apopka, seeks land for growth plan

    Aldi preps store expansions in Sanford & Apopka, seeks land for growth plan

    German-owned grocer Aldi Food Market is preparing to expand existing stores in Sanford and Apopka, part of a multi-billion dollar plan to remodel hundreds of stores across the country over the next five years and seek land for up to 900 new ones.  The company applied in April to the city of Sanford...

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  • Winter Park to list 1.5 acres on busy Fairbanks Ave for sale, redevelopment

    Winter Park to list 1.5 acres on busy Fairbanks Ave for sale, redevelopment

    Winter Park commissioners voted Monday to market a city-owned parcel for sale along busy W. Fairbanks Avenue, a primary east-west arterial that appears primed for commercial redevelopment.  City commissioners directed staff on April 24 to prepare a Notice of Disposal (NOD) for sale of the surplus...

  • Equinox pays $2.8M for retail site north of Margaritaville Resort entrance

    Equinox pays $2.8M for retail site north of Margaritaville Resort entrance

    Affiliates of Maitland-based Equinox Development Properties paid $2.8 million last week to try and capitalize on proximity to the 300-acre Margaritaville Resort, buying land directly north of the themed resort to expand its own restaurant row.  Located directly north of where Black Lake Road meets...

  • Kissimmee land owner & broker courting hotel next to Osceola Heritage Park

    Kissimmee land owner & broker courting hotel next to Osceola Heritage Park

    A local real estate broker has been meeting with county officials to improve access issues for a 10-acre parcel on E192 in hopes of luring a hotel to the property. Watson Commercial Realty broker Rob Keeler represents the owners, Harry and Jeanette Hinkle, who purchased the vacant land through...

  • Wekiva Capital Partners plans retail for busy Longwood intersection

    Wekiva Capital Partners plans retail for busy Longwood intersection

    A Winter Park-based commercial real estate firm plans to buy a 2-acre parcel at a busy Longwood intersection, and is looking for retail tenants to occupy one or more pads to be developed. Wekiva Capital Partners, formed in 2014, is under contract to buy property at the southwest corner of N. Ronald...

  • Uniform retailer buys property fronting Florida Mall, seeks more in Kissimmee

    Uniform retailer buys property fronting Florida Mall, seeks more in Kissimmee

    Hialeah-based All Uniform Wear paid $1.42 million on May 26 for a stand-alone retail store fronting The Florida Mall, and is interested in finding similar property to buy in Kissimmee near its current leased space, a principal with the company told GrowthSpotter.  Located at 1563 Florida Mall Ave.,...

  • Intram & Blurock sign specialty grocer to anchor SoDo Orlando project

    Intram & Blurock sign specialty grocer to anchor SoDo Orlando project

    Specialty grocery chain Lucky's Market will be the anchor tenant in Blurock Commercial and Intram Investments' mixed-use Southside Shoppes project in south Downtown Orlando, marking its second store in the city. The development's retail portion was recently renamed "Lucky's Corner."  Lucky's will...

  • Elevation Development sells hotel pad near W192 & Disney for $1.8M

    Elevation Development sells hotel pad near W192 & Disney for $1.8M

    Rosemont Hotels Inc. paid $1.78 million on May 25 for a 2-acre hotel pad minutes from Walt Disney World property. The parcel on Sherberth Road in Kissimmee's W192 tourism corridor was part of an 8-acre commercial project by Elevation Development dubbed Parkview Retail Center.  GrowthSpotter reported...

  • Boyland Auto buys land near Millenia to move & expand Mercedes-Benz dealership

    Boyland Auto buys land near Millenia to move & expand Mercedes-Benz dealership

    Orlando-based Boyland Auto Group paid nearly $13.15 million on Friday for 23 acres southwest of the Mall at Millenia, with plans to relocate its Mercedes-Benz of South Orlando auto dealership and later sell that company's prime mall frontage, the company's CEO told GrowthSpotter.  Located east...

  • Pet store owner buys Mama B's Giant Subs in Downtown Orlando, plans reno

    Pet store owner buys Mama B's Giant Subs in Downtown Orlando, plans reno

    Premium pet food, supply and grooming business Magic Pet paid $750,000 on May 8 to enter the Downtown Orlando market, buying the former Mama B's Giant Subs property with significant renovation plans ahead, the company's owner told GrowthSpotter.  Located at 692 N. Orange Ave. on the southwest corner...

  • Aldi plans 17th Orlando-area store in East Orange on Curry Ford

    Aldi plans 17th Orlando-area store in East Orange on Curry Ford

    German-owned grocer Aldi Food Market is planning its 17th store in the Greater Orlando market on Curry Ford Road, with a new larger and redesigned floorplan.  The rapidly expanding grocer applied Monday for Development Plan review with Orange County. Plans submitted by Ormand Beach-based engineering...

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  • Aldi to build second grocery store on Kissimmee's W192

    Aldi to build second grocery store on Kissimmee's W192

    Fast-growing German-owned grocer Aldi Food Market is planning a fifth Osceola County store and second on Kissimmee's W192 corridor. SunDev Properties principal Mohamed Diab told GrowthSpotter the grocer will break ground before the end of the year on a 19,000-square-foot store in the Cane Island...

  • Michigan investor adds W192 shopping center to Orlando-area portfolio

    Michigan investor adds W192 shopping center to Orlando-area portfolio

    A Michigan anesthesiologist and real estate investor is expanding his growing Orlando-area portfolio with the $4 million acquisition of a strip center on Kissimmee's W192 tourism corridor. Harbhajan Singh and his wife, Shanti, purchased the Celebration Plaza shopping center at 5455 W. Irlo Bronson...

  • Off Lease Only auto dealer preps big expansion near Orlando airport

    Off Lease Only auto dealer preps big expansion near Orlando airport

    Used car dealer Off Lease Only, Inc., is preparing to triple its footprint northeast of Orlando International Airport and solidify a claim as Greater Orlando's top-selling auto dealership by volume.  The company owns and or leases more than 28 acres on the northwest corner of Narcoossee and McCoy...

  • CRE investors plan retail corner redevelopment in Orlando's Milk District

    CRE investors plan retail corner redevelopment in Orlando's Milk District

    A pair of realtors invested in a 1.25-acre assemblage in Downtown Orlando's Milk District are pursuing partial redevelopment of a handful of retail-commercial buildings. Located on the southwest corner of N. Bumby Avenue and E. Robinson Street, just southwest of the T.G. Lee Dairy plant, the project...

  • Land owners prepping for new retail center across from Providence

    Land owners prepping for new retail center across from Providence

    The owners of 27 acres at a prime corner across from the Providence master-planned golf community in Four Corners is prepping for a grocery-anchored retail development. The Gotts family has owned the property at the southwest corner of Ronald Reagan Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail (U.S. 17-92)...

  • More restaurants and apartments in the works for ChampionsGate

    More restaurants and apartments in the works for ChampionsGate

    The nation's largest Panera franchisee paid $1.3 million last week for one of the last undeveloped lots in ChampionsGate Village. Covelli Enterprises owns and operates 77 Panera Bread locations in Florida, including 32 in the Orlando area. The company acquired the lot next to Red Robin, which faces...

  • Osceola staff wants major changes to Tavistock Sunbridge plan

    Osceola staff wants major changes to Tavistock Sunbridge plan

    Osceola County's planning staff is pushing for a dramatic rewrite of the Phase 1 master plan for Tavistock Development Company's Sunbridge project. Entitlements consultant Richard Levey and other members of the Tavistock team had an hours-long meeting in April with the county's Development Review...

  • Visit Orlando to move visitors center next to Mango's, new parking garage

    Visit Orlando to move visitors center next to Mango's, new parking garage

    Visit Orlando will be more than doubling the footprint of its Official Visitors Center in the heart of International Drive, with plans to move from a small inline retail space to the vacant gift shop next to Mango's Tropical Cafe, and the Hollywood Plaza parking garage now under construction.  ...

  • Osceola razes W192 eyesore building after years of code violations

    Osceola razes W192 eyesore building after years of code violations

    Osceola County demolished an abandoned, former walk-in medical clinic on the W192 tourism corridor last week after dealing with years of code violations, and is considering what should come next for the property. The owners of the former clinic at 4721 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway had racked...

  • RNR Tire Express expands into Lake County via Leesburg

    RNR Tire Express expands into Lake County via Leesburg

    The entrepreneur who started Champion Rent–To-Own furniture store recently bought a former Tuffy’s Auto repair shop in Leesburg, with plans to renovate and reopen as a national tires store.  Located at 10742 U.S. 441 across from Leesburg's Home Depot, The 4,550-square-foot building will reopen...

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  • Nunziatas sell Walgreens-leased 1st floor of Downtown Orlando bldg for $6.18M

    Nunziatas sell Walgreens-leased 1st floor of Downtown Orlando bldg for $6.18M

    The brothers and co-CEOs of FBC Mortgage drew nearly $6.18 million last week from an investor for the Walgreens-leased first floor of Downtown Orlando's historic First National Bank building, 1.3 times what they paid for the entire property in 2014.  Located at 190 S. Orange Ave. on the northwest...

  • Artegon owner preps own mixed-use redevelopment concepts for I-Drive mall

    Artegon owner preps own mixed-use redevelopment concepts for I-Drive mall

    New York-based Lightstone Group is working with VHB, Inc., on its own mixed-use redevelopment plans for the 104-acre Artegon Marketplace property on N. International Drive, after nearly nine months of marketing the asset for sale.  Envisioning a mix of retail-commercial, hotels and multifamily...

  • D.R. Horton planning new South region HQ building near Lake Nona

    D.R. Horton planning new South region HQ building near Lake Nona

    D.R. Horton, the nation's largest homebuilder, is prepping to move its South Regional headquarter operations to East Park, a Horton-planned community just east of Lake Nona proper. Horton forward planning manager Chris Wrenn filed a Master Plan last week with the City of Orlando for a nearly 50,000-square-foot...

  • Vacant W192 restaurant to be converted into culinary school & test kitchen

    Vacant W192 restaurant to be converted into culinary school & test kitchen

    The owner of a restaurant equipment supply company in New York plans to open a culinary school and test kitchen in Kissimmee this year, company executives told GrowthSpotter on Wednesday. W192 Development Authority Executive Director David Buchheit said he met Tuesday with owner Manuel Lebron and...

  • Orange planners prep new code to drive vertical redevelopment in Pine Castle Dist.

    Orange planners prep new code to drive vertical redevelopment in Pine Castle Dist.

    Orange County planners are working with stakeholders from a 500-acre area of the Pine Castle District to write a new form-based code that can drive dense, mixed-use redevelopment along a 3.8-mile stretch of S. Orange Avenue, with the Sand Lake SunRail station a focal point. Bounded by Hoffner Avenue...

  • Upshot Capital has big plans for 28-acre site on E192 tech corridor

    Upshot Capital has big plans for 28-acre site on E192 tech corridor

    An Orlando real estate investment group is expected to close on the purchase of a 28-acre vacant commercial site on Kissimmee's E192 tech corridor in late June, and plans more than $55 million in mixed-use construction. Upshot Capital Advisors CEO Raul Socarras told GrowthSpotter he envisions a...

  • New retail plans in varied stages around Ocoee's Colonial-Maguire intersection

    New retail plans in varied stages around Ocoee's Colonial-Maguire intersection

    New retail plans are in varied stages of development for three of four corners on the busy Ocoee intersection of W. Colonial Drive (S.R. 50) and Maguire Road, an area ripe for new investment with conservative traffic counts of more than 45,000 vehicles per day. On the northeast corner of Colonial...

  • Kissimmee shopping center at busy intersection sells for $5M

    Kissimmee shopping center at busy intersection sells for $5M

    An Orlando trucking business owner paid $5.075 million on Friday for 46,000 square feet of retail space at one of Kissimmee's busiest intersections. Vlado Ivetic, vice president of Ivetic Trucking, is the new owner of Pleasant Hill Center at the southwest corner of Pleasant Hill Road and John Young...

  • Developer builds assemblage in SE Lake Nona, plans neighborhood retail center

    Developer builds assemblage in SE Lake Nona, plans neighborhood retail center

    South Florida-based Futura Development Company paid a combined $3.05 million on Tuesday for the second and third parcels of a tripart assemblage in Southeast Lake Nona, with plans to develop its first mixed-use neighborhood retail center, the company's president told GrowthSpotter. The three parcels...

  • Shopping center developer buys prime corner lot site near Reunion Resort

    Shopping center developer buys prime corner lot site near Reunion Resort

    A Chattanooga-based shopping center paid $1.2 million last week for a prime corner piece of the 15-acre Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. Adventure park owner Dave Lemieux told GrowthSpotter the park would remain open. "We didn't sell all our property, it's just a corner piece at the back of our...

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  • AV Homes files plans for 700 homes next to new Poinciana SunRail station

    AV Homes files plans for 700 homes next to new Poinciana SunRail station

    AV Homes is reworking a concept plan the developer filed recently for its new 82-acre, transit-oriented community just north of the new Poinciana SunRail Station. The plan calls for a maximum of 300 single-family and 400 multifamily residential units on the property that was part of the Poinciana Office...

  • Winter Haven to consider proposed 1,747-home, mixed-use community near U.S. 27

    Winter Haven to consider proposed 1,747-home, mixed-use community near U.S. 27

    Winter Haven officials are scheduled to vote this month on a proposed mixed-use development that could add more than 1,700 new homes near the intersection of U.S. 27 and Thompson Nursery Road. The city's Planning Commission has already recommended approval of the future land use and rezoning for...

  • Delaware Hotel Group pays $2M for Motel 6 at Kissimmee Maingate

    Delaware Hotel Group pays $2M for Motel 6 at Kissimmee Maingate

    Delaware Hotel Group owner Mike Khatiwala has acquired his 20th hotel property and first in Florida with the purchase last week of the corporate-owned Motel 6 Kissimmee Maingate West for $2 million. The 147-room motel at 7455 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway sits on 3.2 acres just west of Reedy...

  • Ripley Entertainment pursues grading & pond work on John Young Pkwy site

    Ripley Entertainment pursues grading & pond work on John Young Pkwy site

    An affiliate of Jim Pattison Group, owner of Orlando-based Ripley Entertainment Inc., is readying a 21-acre parcel on S. John Young Parkway for future development. The company paid $3.3 million in November 2015 for the property, an investment considered at the time as the likely site for a future...

  • St. Cloud set to annex new 276-acre assemblage for mixed-use project

    St. Cloud set to annex new 276-acre assemblage for mixed-use project

    The owners of 276 acres on the west side of Old Hickory Tree Road have applied for annexation to the city of St. Cloud, and are seeking Mixed-Use zoning for a 1,224-home community. The Roan Bridge assemblage consists of 17 parcels owned by members of the Jowers family and others. It's located just...

  • Three new QSRs & more planned for site on Oviedo’s Mitchell Hammock Road

    Three new QSRs & more planned for site on Oviedo’s Mitchell Hammock Road

    A development planned for busy Mitchell Hammock Road could offer Oviedo commuters to Orlando new choices for low-cost dining. Hank Porcher, president of real estate development company T.L. Pittman and Associates Inc., said he has commitments from three quick-service restaurant companies for 11...

  • Intram lands developer for Phase 1 multifamily at Sunrise City Plaza

    Intram lands developer for Phase 1 multifamily at Sunrise City Plaza

    Intram Investments is teaming up with Integra Land Company for the multifamily portion of its 238-acre Sunrise City mixed-use project in Kissimmee's tourism corridor. Intram President Rashid Khatib told GrowthSpotter that the Lake Mary developer is expected to close in August on 11.5 acres just...

  • Gator's Dockside on Narcoossee moves ahead, mixed-use & SFR land available

    Gator's Dockside on Narcoossee moves ahead, mixed-use & SFR land available

    Gator's Dockside could break ground in June on a new restaurant site northeast of Lake Nona and has yet to hire a broker to market adjacent pads for mixed use, while a neighboring land owner wants to tweak his zoning for potential sale to a church -- or homebuilder.  The Orlando-based restaurant...

  • Battaglia Group prepping 130-acre site in St. Cloud for mixed-use

    Battaglia Group prepping 130-acre site in St. Cloud for mixed-use

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    O'Connor Capital buys Daryl Carter Pkwy land for retail power center, eyes June start

    New York-based developer O'Connor Capital Partners paid $27.9 million on Thursday for 69-plus acres along Daryl Carter Parkway, where it plans to break ground in June on infrastructure work for a new retail, dining and entertainment center dubbed Vineland Pointe, a lead executive with the company...

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    New fast-food Italian & Mexican brands enter Orlando market via I-Drive area

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