Developer Dan Roberts is modifying plans for proposed business park in Winter Garden

Developer Dan Roberts is not giving up on plans to build a business park across the street from another one of his commercial developments in Winter Garden.

According to a permit filed in the St. Johns River Water Management District, the developer is drawing up plans for a four-building, 64,680-square-foot business park at 1200 Daniels Road.


The latest plans are less dense than a his previous proposal for a 72,680-square-foot business park that consisted of five commercial buildings.

Winter Garden’s City Commission denied those plans last year in late February.


Public staff comments and city agendas show officials recommended denial because the project failed to meet code requirements for developments located in wetlands.

“Development of the property will result in the complete removal of all on-site wetlands. This will inevitably impact the adjacent off-site wetlands as well,” staff wrote.

In a letter to the city, Roberts and attorney Joshua M. Sachs of Henderson Sachs P.A., alleged staff imposed an unlawful condition on their development.

In September, city commissioners approved a settlement offer with the applicant. In its respondence to Roberts, the city claimed the developer could go forward with a less dense project.

Plans filed in the water management district show the developer is pursuing the option.

The permit also shows Roberts is seeking a reconfiguration of the stormwater pond to eliminate 0.35 acres of wetland impact.

The latest proposal consists of two, single-story 8,240-square-foot buildings facing Daniels Road and two, two-story, 24,100-square-foot buildings toward the back.

Mellich-Blenden Engineering is the civil engineer.


Roberts is the developer of a Fairwinds Credit Union bank, SunTrust Bank (now Truist) and Burger King adjacent to the vacant 6.25-acre site, which he acquired in 2002. He did not return emails or calls for comment on the story.

In 2016, Upshot Capital Advisors CEO Raul Socarras told the Orlando Business Journal the firm was under contract to purchase the site from Roberts.

Juan Carlos Gomez, Upshot’s vice president of legal affairs, told GrowthSpotter that contract is no longer in play.

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