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Summit preps new charter school site near UCF, to seek subs in January

Summit preps new charter school site near UCF, to seek subs in January
The proposed charter school would be built at 4780 Data Court near UCF, on a 9.7-acre portion of a 16-acre parcel. (SJRWMD)

Orlando-based developer Summit Construction Management Group is preparing roughly 10 acres for a new charter school near the University of Central Florida, and should seek subcontractors as soon as January, a lead executive with the company told GrowthSpotter.

Work should begin early next year on Quadrangle Charter School, a 68,000-square-foot K-8 facility, on a 9.7-acre portion of a 16-acre parcel at 4780 Data Court. The site is just west of UCF and across Lake Ruth from Quadrangle Corporate Park.

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The current owner of the property is Kings Court of Orlando LTD, an affiliate of Davis Heritage LTD, itself a a subsidiary of builder and developer Davis Companies of Newberry.

Summit will be seeking final approval for a site plan from the Orange County Development Review Committee on Jan. 11, said principal Charles "Chip" Cordes. Development will start soon after, and Summit will be seeking subcontractors.

This site plan shows the proposed layout for a 68,000-square-foot, K-8 charter school near UCF.
This site plan shows the proposed layout for a 68,000-square-foot, K-8 charter school near UCF. (SJRWMD)

"We're the construction management company and general contractor," Cordes said. "We hire all local subs for construction."

Summit is building the school for a client, said Cordes, who declined to name until the company gets all of its county approvals.

The school building will consist of two floors, 34,000 square feet each. The campus will include an outdoor basketball court, a multi-sport recreational field with artificial turf and parking, according to documents Summit filed with the St. Johns River Water Management District. Engineering consultant on the project is Kimley-Horn & Associates.

Summit went through an exhaustive analysis for Quadrangle Charter as it does for all the charter schools the company builds, Cordes said. The analysis looks at demographic trends in a three-mile radius, as well as enrollment and grades given nearby schools.

The area is currently zoned for Riverdale Elementary School and Corner Lake Middle School, both of which have enrollment under capacity, according to Orange County DRC documents.

What made this site attractive, Cordes said, was the proximity to the university and the potential for more growth and development.

"Look at what you're seeing at the research park: There is a much higher level of young professional that is raising a family," he said. "We're definitely seeing positive trends of growth in the immediate area. UCF is a reason you have growth there; our focus is on growth."

Charter schools are publicly funded schools allowed to operate free of many regulations required of traditional public schools. An application for a new charter school can be made by an individual, teachers, parents, a group of individuals, a municipality or a legal entity organized under state law. Florida statutes require local charter entities to operate as non-profits.

Earlier this month, Summit filed plans for two new charter schools at opposite ends of Osceola County.

Summit also developed Renaissance Charter School at Hunters Creek in Orlando three years ago, Cordes said, and the Galileo School for Gifted Learning in Sanford this year.

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