Brazilian contractor plans pre-K school for Laureate Park Village Center's Phase 3

A rendering of the proposed Amazing Explorers Academy in the third phase of the Laureate Park Village Center.
A rendering of the proposed Amazing Explorers Academy in the third phase of the Laureate Park Village Center. (Yellow Rock Construction)

A Brazilian contractor and real estate investor is planning to build and operate the second local franchise of Amazing Explorers Academy, tentatively set as the first tenant in Lake Nona's Laureate Park Village Center third phase.

The new daycare and early childhood education business currently has one regional location in Oviedo, with a push for more franchisee-owned units across Florida. The school focuses its preschool lessons on STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Science).


Ray Veloso filed a Specific Parcel Master Plan (SPMP) with the City of Orlando on Oct. 11 to develop the daycare facility on Lot 2 of the Laureate Park Village Center's Phase 3, to would occupy roughly 12,200 square feet.

Veloso is the CEO of Yellow Rock Construction, which will be building the new school, and a managing member of AEA Southeast Orlando LLC, the franchisee.

"Yellow Rock Construction was selected to be the builder for the Lake Nona location, in addition to a series of other school that are planned for Central Florida," he told GrowthSpotter on Friday. "We are excited to be a part of this amazing preschool project, as well as owning a few of the locations ourselves."

The proposed building would have a "modern architecture" with several "green features," said Veloso, including LED lighting, low-emissive glass that reflects heat, low-flow faucets and a high-efficiency HVAC system.

Phase 1 of the Laureate Park Village Center included the buildout of an aquatic center, fitness facility, multipurpose room and Canvas restaurant.

Outlook on the phased construction of Nemours Parkway through this Lake Nona community, and laying the groundwork for retail at the Village Center.

A Phase 2 SPMP approved by the city last year included higher density residential for the village center, with Pulte townhomes and single-family lots along the waterfront.

Tavistock Development Company filed a SPMP with Orlando in late August for Phase 3 of its Laureate Park Village Center, to eventually be developed as small neighborhood retail, directly west of the aquatic center.

Phase 3 will have four future development tracts for commercial, office or civic use, 120 associated parking spaces and a private road. It will be served by Tavistock Lakes Boulevard, and an internal street network.

Tavistock submitted that SPMP in August so infrastructure work could begin next year. Plans for the four commercial tracts will each require their own SPMP submittal, with Veloso now offering the first for Amazing Explorers Academy.

Details on the Lake Nona developer's latest mixed-use plan to add density near its future 100-acre retail and commercial center.

A Tavistock spokeswoman declined on Friday to confirm any other tenants for the Village Center's Phase 3.

Originally from Salvador, Brazil, Veloso has been a busy entrepreneur in Greater Orlando for more than 16 years. In addition to Yellow Rock Construction, he founded V Enterprises Real Estate Solutions in 2005 with wife and real estate agent Marcia Veloso, is a principal with Fidelity Vacation Homes, and principal in Blue Moon Real Estate Investments LLC.

Veloso estimated for the city that the new school would create 26 full-time and 40 part-time jobs.

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