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Highlighted in blue is the parcel owned and occupied by Goldenrod Baptist Church, east of Winter Park city limits, which is the target of acquisition and development for an apartment project by Atlantic Housing Partners.
Highlighted in blue is the parcel owned and occupied by Goldenrod Baptist Church, east of Winter Park city limits, which is the target of acquisition and development for an apartment project by Atlantic Housing Partners. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

Winter Park-based Atlantic Housing Partners is preparing about four acres of property owned by Goldenrod Baptist Church in east Orange County for a 70-unit affordable apartment project, with a community meeting set for Feb. 10 before a rezoning request is reviewed by county planning staff.

Located at 3500 N. Goldenrod Road east of Winter Park city limits, the 4.67-acre church property lies about a half-mile south of an intersection with University Boulevard.

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Atlantic Housing Partners has filed a Land Use Plan with Orange County that shows the development would occupy church-owned land directly south of the church's two buildings. The company wants to rezone the property from medium-density residential (R-3) to Planned Development (PD).

The affordable apartments project would include 70 units on 4.28 acres, with buildings of no more than three stories (40 feet) and minimum floor area of 734 square feet for each unit. Orange County planning staff say they've met with the developer, which is now also requesting to remove a restriction on the property to allow for school-aged children.

The property will be owned and maintained by Goldenrod Pointe Partners, Ltd., an affiliate of Atlantic Housing Partners created on Aug. 25, indicating that sale of the property from Goldenrod Baptist Church may be under contract.

Ronald N. Potter, senior pastor at Goldenrod Baptist, did not return multiple calls in the past week seeking comment. However, Peter Martillo, pastor of Goldenrod Baptist's Spanish-language church, told GrowthSpotter the housing development was "a decision agreed upon by all members of the church."

Michael Sciarrino, principal with Atlantic Housing Partners, declined to comment last week. Madden, Moorhead & Glunt of Maitland is civil engineer on the project.

Atlantic Housing Partners opened in the 108-unit affordable-housing project Lexington Court Apartments, at 315 W. Concord St. in downtown Orlando, in Fall 2015.

Plans for 234 multi-family units on the site were filed the same day by another developer, indicating a potential partnership for the Meadow Woods project.

The company also spent $1.6 million through an affiliate in late November to buy an 11.73-acre parcel in the Meadow Woods area, where it may be partnering with Alliance Realty Partners, an affiliate of Alliance Residential Co. out of Phoenix, on plans for for 234 apartments.

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