Northeast Polk County is an up-and-coming growth area in central Florida with several residential projects in the works and now proposed commercial development. Orlando-based Tannath Design Inc. this month presented a planned development for a gas station/convenience store, retail, self-storage, a restaurant and a supply store on U.S. Highway 27.
Polk County planners heard the details from Tannath’s Bryan Potts at a Development Review Committee (DRC) meeting April 6. The county planning commission is set to consider the proposal on May 2 for development on 13.4 acres west of U.S. 27, north of Holly Hill Grove Road 2, north and east of Haines City.
Tannath’s client – Atlanta-based RaceTrac – is leading the development of a 6,008-square-foot, gas station/convenience market with 13 fuel pumps. An 8,000-square-foot supply store; a 1,678-square-foot drive-thru/takeout restaurant; a four-unit 3,480-square-foot retail building. The plan also calls for a self storage facility with a three-story, 122,400-square-foot building and four one-story buildings with drive-up storage units.
“This area has a lot of development either there or on the way, so it makes sense to have supporting commercial,” Polk County senior planner Mark Bennett told GrowthSpotter.
The property directly west of what’s being called Home Run 2 is a planned apartment complex of 250 units by Cassidy Holdings, which is part of its Brentwood community of multi-family units on 87 acres between Minute Made Ramp Road 1 to and south of Holly Hill Grove Road 3. Initially approved as a community of 942 townhome units over five phases, Polk County Planning Commission this month approved a recommendation to the County Commission for a requested change by Cassidy Homes to swap out some townhomes for apartments. Commissioners will consider the Large-Scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment to change the future land use to Residential High from Residential Medium on May 2 and August 8.
“There’s not much residential there now, there’s going to be a lot more potentially near the site,” Bennett said.
The Home Run 2 property is owned by two entities run separately by two Davenport doctors – Cypress Realty Group, LLC whose registered agent is Dr. Margaret R. Yee and Holly Hill Grove Road, LLC, whose registered agent is gastroenterologist Dr. Devendra S. Kahlon.
Bennett said the build would start with the gas station. “They are wanting to move quickly on it,” he said of the applicant. Details and timelines haven’t been submitted to planners yet.
A signature of RaceTrac convenience stores is the “Swirl World” self-serve ice cream/frozen yogurt bar. Tannath’s Potts told GrowthSpotter he couldn’t speak for RaceTrac. Calls and emails to RaceTrac weren’t returned.
There are other self-storage facilities in the area, one about half a mile south of the Home Run 2 site on the west side of U.S. 27 and another about half mile south of that on Holly Hill Tank Road.
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