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Boyd Development begins planning Hamlin 30, a new mixed-use project in Horizon West

The proposed Hamlin 30 project is being proposed next to where Valencia College is planning a Horizon West campus and the planned Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Boyd Development is working to entitle an assemblage of properties next to several educational institutions being planned in Horizon West.

According to a recently submitted Land Use Plan/Planned Development application, the company is seeking development rights to build something akin to a small town center on properties 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.

Boyd is seeking allowances to build up to 100 multifamily units, approximately 170,000 square feet of commercial space and up to 26 hotel rooms.

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

Kevin Merideth, Boyd Development’s director of sales, marketing and acquisitions, told GrowthSpotter the intent of the submittal was to put zoning in place for future development, but at this time, the team doesn’t have specific plans for the property.

Records show Hamlin Partners At Silverleaf LLC, an entity tied to Boyd Development, paid a total of $7.87 million to purchase the parcels late last year. The assemblage includes three identical-sized lots, each spanning 9.86 acres.

Previously the properties were owned by Robert M. Dasher, Hartland Heights LLC and Holden Heights LLC.

The project, called Hamlin 30, could serve a large amount of residential development happening around it and create a synergy with the future school campuses.

Valencia College owns about 150 acres north of Schofield Road that’s slated to become its southwest campus. The land has sat vacant for years under the Valencia Board of Trustees ownership, but Loren Bender, vice president of business operations and finance at Valencia College, has been public about the institution’s intentions.

The West Orange Times & Observer newspaper quoted Bender at a 2019 luncheon hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce saying Valencia College is “at the mercy of funding… I see us in the long-term horizon being able to work and serve and have a great facility there.”

The educational institution paid $6.7 million for the property in 2005.

North of Hamlin 30, Patel is also working with a development team to build apartments and retail next to the planned Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Chris Smith of Element Commercial Construction is working on behalf of Patel to entitle about 26 acres to build a 360-unit apartment complex. The property at 7020 Avalon Rd. sits on about 26 acres north of Schofield Road and west of Avalon Road, adjacent to the proposed 136,200-square-foot independent medical college.

Meanwhile, Silverleaf and Hamlin, two master-planned communities in the area, are being built out.

At the Hamlin Town Center, a 20,000-square-foot food hall is underway, 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.

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.

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.

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