As several residential projects move forward around Boggy Creek Road near the Osceola County line, a plan is underway to establish more multifamily entitlements in this rapidly growing area close to Lake Nona.
The owner of a 9.8-acre stretch of property a short drive south of S.R. 417 has submitted an application to Orange County requesting to change the land use from its current agricultural designation to allow for the development of 88 apartment homes.
Under the proposal, the project would be designed to look like a townhome community. A concept plan drafted by Orlando-based engineering firm Terravest shows ten six-unit townhouses and seven four-unit townhouses. The applicant is seeking a waiver to allow apartment buildings to rise as tall as two stories within 100 feet of single-family zoned property. Under county code, one-story apartment buildings are allowed this close to single-family homes.
The waiver is being sought so the project can closely resemble an adjacent community of attached single-family homes located along Harrison Cove, according to county documents.
The conceptual plan shows a large green space in the middle of the property as well as a pool amenity and clubhouse. A retention pond would go on the southeast corner of the site.
The project would consist of 50 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units and 38 three-bedroom, two-bathroom units. There would be two access points into the community: one from Ward Road and the other to Harrington Cove.
The property, located south of Lake Nona Road near the Wyndham Lakes community, is owned by an entity based out of Fort Lauderdale titled EVB Investments and Property Management Inc. Led by Angelo and Delilah Bartolome, the entity has held the deed to the land since 2002 when it was acquired for $245,000.
Owners were not immediately available for comment.
There are several multifamily projects underway in the vicinity.
To the north, on the other side of S.R. 417, Tavistock Development Company is seeking approval to build a 342-unit apartment community with a unique design feature.
Some of the units spanning the 17 acres will be designed as two-story lofts, covering the third and fourth floors, according to early conceptual plans.
To the southeast, on the opposite side of the Lake Preserve subdivision built by Meritage Homes, DHI Communities — an affiliate of America’s largest homebuilder D.R. Horton — is planning to build a mixed-use project with 660 apartment units along the west side of Boggy Creek Road.
The 114-acre property is currently owned by Adventist Health.
To the south, Alabama-based Arlington Properties is building a 356-unit apartment community within the Tyson Ranch mixed-use development project while working on a similar product next door. The company is seeking approval to deliver another apartment community to Tyson Ranch with 325 units.
South of that, Miami-based Royal Palm Companies is under contract to take over a 17.7-acre assemblage on the north side of Simpson Road in order to build a 360-unit apartment community.
On the opposite side of Boggy Creek Road, land investors Jim Dowd and Daryl Carter are seeking entitlements for two separate multifamily projects totaling 638 units.
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