Boyd Development continues to chart out commercial space for thriving Horizon West area

Boyd Development Corporation has submitted plans for two more sections of its Hamlin community within Horizon West. Both call for large amounts of commercial square-footage.

Winter Garden-based Boyd Development Corporation continues to carve out plans for the 1,200 acres of land it owns within the rapidly growing Horizon West community.

Months after rolling out details of its new Hamlin 30 project — a mixed-use concept that includes the development of 100 multifamily units, approximately 170,000 square feet of commercial space and up to 26 hotel rooms on an assemblage of parcels along Schofield Road — the company has within recent weeks laid out visions for two other pieces of its large-scale Hamlin Planned Development, calling for the addition of more than 270,000 square feet of commercial space.


A permit application submitted to Orange County’s development staff for review on April 14 entails the construction of four buildings totaling 47,200 square-foot of commercial space on the corner of Porter Road and Hamlin Groves Trail. The northernmost building on the parcel, rising three stories and covering 14,200 square-feet is identified in application documents as a liquor store with a rooftop bar. The future use of the other buildings, including the largest of 22,000 square-foot on the southernmost tip of the parcel, is not identified in site plans.

A permit application submitted to Orange County for review on April 14 entails the construction of four buildings totaling 47,200 square-foot  of commercial space on the corner of Porter Road and Hamlin Groves Trail.

Boyd Development had not responded to requests for comment as of Monday afternoon.


A separate permit application submitted to Orange County for review days later, on April 20, highlights the intended use for two parcels totaling 31 acres between SR 429 and Hamlin Groves Trail, just north of the Walmart Supercenter. This one comes with site plans that show seven buildings totaling 224,000 square-foot of commercial space surrounding a parking lot. The largest building, to the far west of the property line, would be 155,000 square-foot. The smallest building, on the southernmost tip of the parcel, nearest the Walmart: 2,800 square-foot.

One of these commercial spaces would be occupied by a bank, identified in site plans as a Vystar Credit Union, while one parcel near the middle of the site plan has space reserved for “future development.”

Both applications in the review process were submitted on behalf of Boyd Development by Orlando-based engineering firm Kelly, Collins & Gentry, Inc, which has had a hand in several other projects in the Horizon West area, including the Hamlin Town Center, the Publix supermarket at Hamlin Cove, the Vineyards Townhomes apartments and the Lakewalk at Hamlin Apartments, according to its website.

Boyd began assembling property for its Hamlin community in 2011. Since then, the firm has amassed more than 1,000 acres of land surrounding the S.R. 429 (Western Beltway) and the New Independence Parkway interchange.

Located seven miles north of the western gate of Walt Disney World near Winter Garden, Hamlin is a thoughtfully-curated mixed-use town center offering dining, shopping, entertainment experiences, and walkable living for the Horizon West community, according to Boyd Development’s website.

Anchored by three big-box retailers — Publix, Walmart Supercenter and Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas — the area is home to a 75-acre medical campus by Orlando Health and its recently opened cancer treatment hub, the $130M Provision Proton Therapy Center.

The Hamlin PD also includes 481-acre lake with boat access to the 850-acre Town Center along with more than 50 miles worth of trails and lakefront boardwalks.

The area will one day be centered around a 220-acre community park. What Orange County leaders have coined its version of New York’s Central Park could feature an outdoor amphitheater for major concerts, botanical gardens and an aquatics center.


With more than 1.2 million residents living within 30 minutes of Hamlin Town Center, Horizon West is one of the fastest growing master-planned communities in the United States and it continues to swell with residential and commercial development.

The Orange County development review commission is slated on May 11 to hear a proposal for a new Chick-Fil-A restaurant for Boyd property across from the Walmart at 15899 New Independence Pkwy. An AutoZone and conjoined Taco Bell/Pizza Hut restaurant have already received approval for nearby properties, according to records.

In March, Boyd Development submitted plans to Orange County for its Hamlin 30 mixed-use plan, akin to a small town center, at 17421, 17399 and 17301 Schofield Road. Put together, the assemblage spans about 30 acres and lies directly west of the future Valencia College Horizon West campus. To the north of the property, physician and philanthropist Dr. Kiran Patel is supporting the development of the Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine in Horizon West.

Silverleaf and the future Valencia College campus abut the proposed Hamlin 30 project site.

At the Hamlin Town Center, a 20,000-square-foot food hall is approved, as well as a 45,000-square-foot office building with retail and restaurant space on its first floor and a 125-room hotel, among other commercial buildings

Elsewhere in the Horizon West community, Orlando-based Selnik Development, LLC is moving forward with the construction of 110 single family dwelling units — 93 attached townhomes and 17 detached houses — overlooking Lake Cawood.

Last year, Meritage Homes paid $22.8 million for 200 acres within Sun Terra Communities’ 530-acre Silverleaf master-planned community, where it’s currently planning out the second phase and third phase, consisting of 317 residential units across a mix of single-family homes and townhomes.


The first phase, bought and being developed by Dream Finders Homes, is a 96-unit townhome community.

Sun Terra’s Silverleaf community can feature up to 2,135 residential units and 976,000 square feet of non-residential uses, such as retail and office space. The website for the community says that home prices start in the $500,000 range.

DHI Communities, a wholly-owned subsidiary of D.R. Horton that focuses on multifamily development, is planning its second apartment complex after the 2021 sale of its Ascend Waterleigh for $91.6 million, in Village I. The development company wants to build a new 270-unit garden-style apartment community, called Ascend at Avalon, on the northwest corner of Avalon Road and Lake Star Road, according to a recently filed Development Plan Review application.

Meanwhile, Unicorp National Developments is planning to build 300 apartment units across five parcels of land totaling 139 acres on Avalon Road near Winter Garden. The developer will also make lots shovel-ready for as many as 250 single family homes.

The project, titled “Sutton Lakes PD,” also includes a 20,000 square-foot space for commercial use.

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