D.R. Horton, the nation's largest homebuilder, is prepping to move its South Regional headquarter operations to East Park, a Horton-planned community just east of Lake Nona proper.
Horton forward planning manager Chris Wrenn filed a Master Plan last week with the City of Orlando for a nearly 50,000-square-foot office building and commercial complex on a 7.3-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Dowden Road and the S.R. 417 beltway interchange.
The Texas-based builder currently leases office space at the Lee Vista Center, just north of Orlando International Airport.
D.R. Horton, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange, has been the nation's largest homebuilder consistently since 2002. Headquartered in Fort Worth, the company operates four regional offices throughout the U.S.
The proposed site is next to 3.5 acres owned by Reich Properties. John C. Reich was seeking maximum density to build up to 35,000 square feet of medical office and commercial uses, but that request is on hold while he finalizes negotiations for a fuel station on the corner parcel.
"We definitely envision more retail, and a 50,000-square-foot employer right next door would benefit us," Reich said on Thursday.