Property owners in Winter Garden begin seeking development approvals for new office/retail complex

The property owner is seeking to rezone the 1.11-acre property in order to develop a new 9,062-square-foot office/retail building.

Orlando-based Kanoe USA LLC, led by Florentino Sierra Neto and Elizabeth Costa Martins, wants to prep an assemblage of properties in Winter Garden for new development.

The company is seeking to rezone and amend the FLU designation of a 1.11-acre site on the northeast corner of State Road 535 and East Morgan Street. According to its application, the requested Planned Commercial Development (PCD) zoning would permit the development of a single-story 9,062-square-foot office/retail building.


Records show, between 2017 and 2018, Kanoe USA LLC assembled the multiparcel corner property, spending a total of $270,000 in the process for the real estate. The Holy Trinity Church Of God Inc. sold a majority of the property, as well as two separate property investors who each sold vacant lots intended for residential use.

In addition to developing a new office/retail building, dubbed in plans as the Morgan Street Office Retail Complex, Kanoe USA LLC is also promising to refurbish the site, including building a decorative knee wall, incorporating pedestrian walkways, and adding landscaping and a stormwater pond.

The 1.11-acre property sits on the northeast corner of State Road 535 and Morgan Street.

According to application documents the proposed building design will feature a residential character, with elements such as a sloped roof, decorative dormer windows, a front porch along both road frontages with craftsman-style columns, and double-hung windows.

Permitted uses for the property, located a block north of West Colonial Drive, include retail professional and medical office, sit-down restaurants and cafes, financial institutions and veterinary and grooming services. The application does not mention any names of businesses interested in opening in the complex or if a developer is interested under contract to purchase the property if entitlements are scored.

Attempts to reach Neto and Martins were unsuccessful. Orlando-based Florida Engineering Group Inc. is the engineer that is representing the property owner in the entitlement process.

The subject property sits less than a mile away from Winter Garden Downtown Historic District, known for its trendy retailers and restaurants and the Plant Street Market food hall, which houses a Crooked Can brewery.

Over the last several years, developers attracted to the area have proposed new projects such as a boutique hotel, lofty residential units and more office space.

Orlando-based Pioneer Builders is developing a luxury 38-unit apartment building with a small cafe on the first floor, located on the northeast corner of S. Main Street and E. Smith Street. The site was previously used for overflow municipal parking.

And Urban Hideaway Residential, a subsidiary of CynerGreen, is building nine luxury townhomes at 30 N. Park Avenue. Prices begin at $629,000 for smaller units, while larger four-bedroom townhomes are asking close to $1 million.

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