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New mixed-use village plan proposed for busy Apopka corridor (updated)

Plans call for the construction of 388 multi-family units and 27,500 square-foot of commercial space.

Illinois-based Wingspan Development Group is teaming up with Tampa-based developer ABC Capital Corp to bring a mix-use village with restaurants, retail space and multi-family apartments to Apopka’s bustling Kelly Park interchange corridor where a lot of subdivisions are sprouting up.

A development plan currently going through the city review process seeks to annex a 21.4-acre assemblage near the intersection of Plymouth Sorrento Road and W. Kelly Park Road into the city and rezone the parcels currently designated for single family residential to the appropriate land usage.

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According to city documents, the plan, submitted on behalf of three separate property owners by Orlando-based planning and engineering firm Poulos & Bennett, eyes the future construction of 388 multifamily units and more than 28,000 square foot of commercial space.

More details about the project were provided Wednesday in a news release by Illinois-based public relations firm Taylor Johnson.

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The Village on Kelly Park development, if approved, will be a blend of indoor/outdoor cafes, sit-down restaurants and retail along with 388 apartments, according to the release.

“We are very excited and proud to introduce such a walkable community plan to Apopka in an effort to address the city’s future retail and housing needs,” Jason Macklin, director of development for Wingspan Development Group, said in a statement “The vision for the project was to offer something for everyone – from a wide selection of stores and dining options to bike paths, dog parks, public squares and an array of attainably priced apartments. Designed to complement the area’s emerging live, work and play dynamic, it will help meet the needs of this growing community.”

The city of Apopka, overall, has 84 development projects either in the planning phase or under construction, according to city records provided to GrowthSpotter. All told, they’d add 9,900 housing units and more than 14 million square feet of commercial space to the city’s inventory.

The commercial projects in the pipeline include four large-scale industrial parks.

Minutes away from State Road 429 and the new Wekiva Parkway, the Mid-Florida Logistics Park will consume more than 2 million square foot once complete. An Amazon distribution center will be among the park’s tenants.

Nearby, another industrial park, dubbed Apollo, is under construction at 4212 Hogshead Road with 594,000 square feet of warehouse distribution space at 4212 Hogshead Road.

Advent Health has plans to bring a 455,387-square-foot distribution center to Apopka, six miles from the AdventHealth Apopka Hospital located at 2100 Ocoee Apopka Rd.

But the site of the proposed mixed-use village, across the street from a newly opened Publix grocery store — just east of S.R. 429 and west of the popular Kelly Park and Rock Springs Run Reserve — sits along a corridor that’s booming with residential development, particularly new subdivisions.

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Clearwater developer Mike Galvin recently submitted plans to the city for a 670-home subdivision on 205 acres of Kelly Park Road, less than two miles to the west of the proposed village site.

Plans show the residential neighborhood will include a large 32-acre stormwater retention pond at its center that features a 2-acre amenity center park and surrounding walking trails that will connect to Ondich Road to the north and Kelly Park Road to the south.

To the north of the proposed village center development, the nation’s largest homebuilder, D.R. Horton, has more than 300 homes within its Bridle Path subdivision.

And to the east, homebuilder Toll Brothers is looking to add more homes to The Oaks at Kelly Park single family housing community.

The subdivision, the first community to open in the Kelly Park area, has 124 single-family home sites, a sales center and two professionally decorated model homes. The luxury homebuilder recently submitted an application to the city requesting approval for phase 3 of the subdivision, which would bring in more than 192 bungalow and single-family homes.

The original mixed-use village proposal by Poulos & Bennett included 27,500 square foot of commercial.

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When the request came before the city’s Development Review Committee Wednesday, James Hitt, the city’s community development director, made a suggestion to the project’s lead engineers.

“I’d like to see a little more commercial in there,” he said. “I mean, this is our village center area and it’s supposed to have a larger (amount) of commercial versus apartments.”

The developers revised plans, adding more commercial space.

“With the guidance of City Staff, the Village Center’s original plan has been revamped with a significant increase of commercial space to over 28,000 sq ft of cafes, restaurants, and retail,” said Andrew Cohen, co-president of ABC Capital Corp.

The cluster of six parcels are owned by Harvey Godwin, the estate of Rodney Sapp and an entity affiliated with the Kelly Park Development Company, LLC, which is led by Charles Pinckney, according to records.

None of the owners could be reached for this story. Scott Taylor with Florida Premier Realty Group is the broker representing the landowners.

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The apartments proposed for the future mixed-use village will come in a variety of sizes and price points, purposely designed to fit the lifestyle and budgets of the influx of people moving to Apopka due to its multiple surrounding employment corridors, according to a news release.

Groundbreaking for The Village on Kelly Park is planned for spring 2023.

“It’s been an honor to work so closely with such a highly dedicated city staff to make their vision for a walkable Apopka lifestyle center that will serve the area’s growth for years to come a reality,” Macklin said in the news release. “With Apopka’s anticipated surge in jobs, it’s imperative that we satisfy the need for responsible development, especially when it comes to housing options. An appropriate supply of suitably affordable apartments that also provide immediate access to restaurants and shops is a win-win for residents and retailers alike.”

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with details from the developer and to correct an earlier version that misstated the scope of the project.

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