A local property owner is in the early stages of pursuing rezoning and land-use change on a 1.78-acre parcel in southwest Orange County to open Greater Orlando's first Goddard School.
The Goddard School is an early childhood education provider that features a unique play-based learning system for children between the ages of six weeks and six years. The company has more than 400 franchised schools in 35 states, but this would its first in the Orlando area.
Located at 11225 S. Apopka Vineland Road, the parcel lies across the street from a Jewish community center, directly north of vacant residential lots and south of nearly 75 acres of wooded property. The area stands to benefit from a planned future connection of Fenton Street between Palm Parkway and S. Apopka Vineland Road.
Property owner Hyder Ali will be the owner-operator of the school franchise. Bruce C. Myrick, president of DEC Construction, is serving as a development consultant to see the property through rezoning and land-use change applications with the county and will likely serve as general contractor for construction.
The one-story school is projected at 8,500 square feet, with total investment for land and construction estimated to be at least $1.7 million, Myrick said.
The undeveloped property is currently zoned residential and lies within the Buena Vista North Overlay District. The property is neighbored to the south by more than 100 undeveloped residential lots. Future Land Use Plans for the school-focused property and residential lots to its south will require a change from residential to office, Myrick said.
And because the site lies in the overlay district, rezoning to a Planned Development is required, which will necessitate a site plan, architectural concept plan and more.
A local architect and civil engineer have yet to be hired for the development, but likely will in February or March 2016 once community meetings are held and the rezoning and LUP changes are close to county approval, Myrick said.
Goddard Schools has a corporate architectural design team that does most of the work for new site plans, eventually handing those over to local firms to apply a finishing touch.