Maitland-based developer Ralph Singleton has submitted plans for two separate projects in recent weeks as he works to fill the remaining land within his more than 80-acre Tyson Ranch mixed-use site just south of the Orlando International Airport.
The property on the west side of Boggy Creek Road near the Osceola County line is already seeing construction activity. Townhomes by MI Homes are underway and Birmingham-based Arlington Properties has snagged land for a multifamily project. Meanwhile, an application was submitted to Orange County on August 15 seeking to rezone eight acres of the property on parcel 2 to allow for another 297 multifamily units.
The latest effort regarding Tyson Ranch came Wednesday when Singleton filed a preliminary application to discuss with county staff the construction of two six-story hotels with a combined total of 250 rooms.
The location makes it a perfect spot for hospitality development, Singleton said.
“This is at the south entrance of the airport,” he told GrowthSpotter. “It’s not unusual for hotels to go here.”
This early in the process, Singleton does not know which brand the hotels will carry or which developer will build the projects.
Site plans submitted by Z Development Services show two six-story hotels side-by-side on parcel 1 of the Tyson Ranch tract, just south of Highclere Street.
Hotel 1, as it’s labeled in site plans, sits further back from Highclere Street with a front setback of roughly 150 feet. It’s also slightly smaller than its L-shaped neighbor, occupying 90,960 square feet.
Hotel 2 sits 66 feet off Highclere Street and covers 170,550 square feet, site plans show. Each hotel rises 75 feet high at six stories and holds 125 rooms apiece.
Hotel rooms have been envisioned for Tyson Ranch since Singleton purchased the property in 2012 for $5.15 million. The land had been previously used for the past 100 years for agricultural purposes. In 2015, Singleton unveiled intentions to transform the space into a mixed-use development.
In addition to the 250 hotel rooms, Tyson Ranch is entitled for 330 townhomes, 350 apartment units, and more than 187,000 square feet of commercial, storage and office space about a mile south of the airport’s boundary.
In 2020, a Preliminary Subdivision Plan application filed in Orange County unveiled plans by M/I Homes to build 320, two-story townhomes on about 36 acres of Singleton’s Tyson Ranch land. These are under construction, according to a YouTube video posted by the home builder.
In April, Singleton submitted an application seeking to expand the boundary of Tyson Ranch another 8.4 acres to the north in order to allow for the construction of a second multifamily community.
A request to rezone that parcel from A-1 to PD is pending approval by the county.
For this project, Singleton is also seeking a waiver from the county to allow the residential buildings to rise five stories instead of three stories.
The Bainbridge Companies signed on to the Tyson Ranch project in 2019 with plans to build a 324-unit apartment community. But in December of 2021, Arlington Properties bought that land from Singleton instead for $10 million.
That deal was brokered by James Dowd, president of Dowd Properties, Inc. He and Daryl Carter own land across the street from the Tyson Ranch site on Boggy Creek Road. They’ve filed plans for 350 apartment units and 15,000 square feet of commercial on 22 acres here.
Just to the north of the Tyson Ranch PD, housing developer D.R. Horton has a couple of projects in the works: the 100-acre Wetherbee Acres project and the Ward Property PD, which calls for 660 multi-family units, 166 townhomes, 160 senior housing units, 150,000 square feet of retail use and 150,000 square feet of office uses.
South of Tyson Ranch, Birmingham-based Arlington Properties is currently building one of its Tapestry-branded apartment communities.