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Maitland developer opts to build townhomes instead of apartments in Union Park

Maitland developer opts to build townhomes instead of apartments in Union Park
Developer is seeking to rezone 8.58 acres of land at 2460 and 2484 Rouse Rd. to allow the construction of 54 attached residential dwellings. (Orange County Property Appraiser/GrowthSpotter)

A Maitland-based company called Florida Housing Affordability Inc. is planning a new townhome community in east Orange County’s Union Park community.

The entity, led by attorney Joseph Sevino, is seeking to rezone 8.58 acres of land at 2460 and 2484 Rouse Road from R-1 (Single-Family Dwelling District) to PD (Planned Development District), to allow the construction of 54 attached residential dwellings.

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The company originally planned to build up to 70 multifamily units, according to a Land Use Plan filed in Orange County in November. However, after receiving community backlash concerning the compatibility between multifamily and the existing single-family uses in the area, the company revised the application to attached single-family units.

Florida Housing Affordability Inc. paid $460,000 for the property in 2018. The undeveloped land was previously owned by a Christian church that goes by the moniker Love Gospel Worship Center.

A Land Use Plan diagram filed in Orange County.
A Land Use Plan diagram filed in Orange County. (Orange County)

Back in 2009, the church was seeking approvals to build a 912-seat religious facility and family services center, but those plans fell through.

A Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the townhome community goes before the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. Tannath Design, Inc. is the civil engineer.

Located roughly nine miles east of downtown Orlando, Union Park is known to have primarily single-family homes. The census-designated place sits between Jay Blanchard Trail and State Road 408, and is divided by East Colonial Drive. Busy thoroughfares within the CDP include Dean and Rouse roads.

The proposed townhome community sits across University High School, with Blanchard Park to the west of the property.

In 2016, GrowthSpotter reported plans to construct 25,100 square feet of new commercial retail space nearby at 11065 E. Colonial Drive. The applicant is an affiliate of developer Van Nguyen. More than three years later, the property remains vacant.

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