Medical office space is being planned in a rapidly growing section of Apopka.
Drdevelopment Investments LLC, a company made up of a team of medical doctors led by Cassia Portugal of First Choice Pediatrics, wants to bring about 23,000-square-feet of new commercial space to a vacant site across the AdventHealth Apopka hospital.
The roughly three-acre property at 1537 Harmon Rd. sits near the recently completed Marden Road interchange that, in part, helped activate a number of large residential and mixed-use projects in the area.
At a recent Apopka DRC meeting, a representative for the development team expressed the intention to develop office condos for each investor and their respective practices, as well as a possible quick-service restaurant.
A conceptual site plan shows five office buildings with two condo units each, and a commercial building to the north featuring a 2,000-square-foot restaurant and 990-square-foot medical office condo unit.
Records show a company led by Jason Edwards and Stacy Major currently own the property.
Directly south of the planned commercial complex is a 14-acre site owned by Unicorp National Developments Inc. The property just sold Park Square Homesfor about $2.8 millionwith plans for a residential community with a little more than 100 new townhomes, called Residences at Emerson Park.
By the time AdventHealth Apopka was completed in 2017, another pioneer developer in the area had made big contributions to the growth of the neighborhood.
The developer, MMI Development, invested $6.5 million to build a half-diamond interchange west of Marden Road on the north and south sides of S.R. 414. Its creation helped open a 272-unit apartment complex called Marden Ridge, less than a mile away.
A bulk of his property is now owned by a joint venture between Ohio-based NM Residential and Maitland-based Nvision Development. The partnership is in the midst of planning the second phase of the Marden Ridge Apartments in Apopka, called Summer House.
Those plans call for an upscale 264-unit multifamily community that will abut their Marden Ridge Apartments at 1595 Marden Ridge Loop.
A growing amount of development in the area has been activated in part by the construction of roadway systems, like S.R. 414 (Apopka Expressway) in 2009 and the interchange connecting S.R. 414 and S.R. 429, built in 2011.
The new roads and interchanges connect to S.R. 429, which stretches all along metro Orlando’s western edge.