A local property investor is planning 18 new fee-simple townhomes on a Winter Park infill site that's within walking distance of the future Sprouts Farmers Market planned at Winter Park Corners retail center.
To be located at the northwest corner of Aloma Avenue and N. Lakemont Avenue, the project's 1.81 acres span 1791, 1801, 1811, 1821 and 1835 Aloma Ave., also near Winter Park Memorial Hospital.
Land owner and developer Ansaka LLC, an investment vehicle of Winter Park resident Andrew J. Ryan and family members, paid just over $1 million between May 2015 and April 2016 to assemble the five parcels.
Dubbed "Loring Chase," the proposed 18 fee-simple, two-story townhomes would be developed in six clusters of two to four units, with an average size of 2,390 square feet and approximately 2,000 square feet of living area.
"We've been working on that (project design) for a couple years now to get something that would fit that site, be compatible with the neighborhood and would sell. We also wanted as many trees preserved as possible, and worked with the city a lot on which trees should be kept," project architect Larry Brown told GrowthSpotter.
"There's a signature tree at the entry and we've redesigned the site several ways to keep that tree healthy," he added. "We're also trying to keep one in the big open space in the center of the project."
The units would range in size and sales price, from 1,541 square feet to 2,252 square feet of living area. Twelve of the units would have two-car garages, two would have one-car garages, and four would have parking outside in a designated lot.
The townhomes would offer three- and four-bedroom layouts, with modern floor plans, upscale finishes, front porches and neo-traditional/Mediterranean architecture, according to summary documents provided to city staff.
In the project's center would be a 15,000-square-foot courtyard to serve as recreation space for the residents.
The property currently has split zoning, so Ryan has requests before the city's Planning & Zoning Board on Dec. 5 for a Development Plan and subdivision approval for the 18 townhomes, an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan's Future Land Use Map to change land use designation from future office to medium-density residential for one of the parcels, and an amendment to the official zoning map for that change.
Staff are recommending approval. Only one variance is being requested, which is that PURD zoning has a two-acre minimum size and this 1.81-acre project would have 1.41 acres zoned as PURD. Staff say the project is still in line with the zoning's intentions.
To the immediate east on the intersection's hard corner is a vacant office property owned by Fifth Third Bank, previously approved in 2015 for a future medical office building and bank branch, and to the north and west are single-family homes.