A developer proposes to replace these duplexes on Lee Road in Winter Park with new two-story town homes.
A developer proposes to replace these duplexes on Lee Road in Winter Park with new two-story town homes. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

A Tampa-based developer is one step closer to tearing down a set of 1964 duplexes at 1800 Lee Road in Winter Park on Lake Killarney and replacing them with 30 townhomes in nine separate buildings.

Winter Park's Planning and Zoning Board approved the project Tuesday. Since the land is already zoned for multifamily development, and the new project is of the same density and meets all the other requirements for the parcel, approval was swift. However there will be further negotiations regarding boat slips and other amenities on the lake.

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The only meeting attendees who had concerns about the project were the current tenants of the existing duplexes. They complained that the land's owner had not told them about the plans, which would displace them. They had no qualms with the plan itself, said Jeff Briggs, the city's planning manager.

The Winter Park City Commission must also sign off on the approval for the new townhomes, which would sit in between two office properties, the Lee World Center and a one-story bank. The commission hearing is set for June 8, said Briggs.

Ryan Studzinski, a  managing partner with Icon Residential Living, the site's developer, is planning a fourth quarter start but expects a longer lead time for permitting because of the lake and Florida Department of Transportation approvals.

Icon is working through the townhome designs and price, and hasn't chosen a contractor yet, Studzinski said.

Icon is keen on investing in Winter Park but sought a site that already had the correct zoning in place. It put the property under contract in February.

"We understand that rezoning anything in Winter Park is more than a challenge," he said. "We are excited to find this."

tburney@growthspotter.com or 407-420 6261

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