Orlando firm seeks to rezone land on Lake Whippoorwill for mixed-use project

Highlighted in blue is the land currently under contract with Vision Development, which seeks to rezone the property from A-2 to PD.

The rural shores of Lake Whippoorwill continue to be sought after for redevelopment.

According to a recently filed Land Use Plan in Orange County, Vision Development and Management is the latest in a growing number of development firms to land a contract with a property owner on the southeast Orange lake.


Submitted plans show the Orlando-based firm is seeking a Planned Development zoning for 3.25 acres on the northwest tip of Lake Whippoorwill that will allow for both commercial and residential uses.

A little more than an acre of land fronting Narcoossee Road is being geared for commercial uses, while the remaining roughly two acres of land are being prepped for residential use.

Narcoossee Retail Land Use plan submitted by Vision Development showing the break down between commercial and residential uses for the property at 11733 Narcoossee Rd.

Kimley-Horn and Associates is the engineer.

Longtime owner Judith S. Burton has kept control of the property for nearly half a century. The land at 11733 Narcoossee Road currently has a mobile home and log cabin on it.

Vision Development is known for buying property in up-and-coming neighborhoods. In 2017, GrowthSpotter reported the company embarked on a renovation project that involved buying a 91-year-old building on the south side of downtown Orlando.

The former industrial area, rebranded as SoDo (South of Downtown), is now known for its wide array of retailers and offices.

Representatives of the firm were not immediately available to comment on plans for the Narcoossee project.

Other developments being planned on Lake Whippoorwill include Narcoossee Cove, which is being planned to consist of up to 90,000 square feet of retail and commercial space on Narcoossee Road.

The Bainbridge Companies sold its recently completed apartment complex by Lake Whippoorwill for $73.8 million in May. It’s also in the midst of developing another apartment complex behind the Narcoossee Cove project.

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