Industrial Real Estate Developments

Land owner preps 20+ acres in NE Orange for light industrial users

Highlighted in blue are 20 acres in the 17000 block of E. Colonial Drive, in northwest Orange County, targeted for new industrial and commercial development.

The owner of more than 20 acres on S.R. 50 in northeast Orange County plans to develop the mostly vacant property for commercial and light industrial, and is looking for lessees.

Alan Ashlock, former president of Orlando-based Crane Rental Corp. which was bought by Maxim Crane Works in 2015, said he's in the process of getting county permits to build an initial 6,000-square-foot warehouse on the property at 17300-17382 E. Colonial Dr. (S.R. 50).


Ashlock is trying to leave the type of businesses the property can serve open-ended, and will build subsequent buildings as demand arises.

"We're not dictating what those are. We don't know," said Ashlock, who owns the property through investment affiliate 1300 East Colonial Drive LLC. "I'm just trying to make it attractive to whatever may come, whoever might want to lease."


The C-3 zoning allows outside storage, which Ashlock said is an advantage for trucking operations or companies that use tractor-trailers to deliver goods or receive materials.

Ashlock said he hopes to start construction on the warehouse in the next 90 days. He has applied to Orange County for a mass grading permit, but the plan is in the early stages of staff review.

The building and associated parking would occupy about 2.5 acres on the south end of the property, which lies on the south side of E. Colonial Drive, between Shepard Road to the west and Cox Road on the east.

A 1,400-square-foot warehouse now occupies 1.25 acres on the property and is used for contractor storage. There is also a portable restroom company, Blu Site Solutions of Orlando, that occupies a small office on site.

Ashlock said he wants to develop the rest of the property and will demolish buildings on the site as need arises. The land has county water service, and public sewer will soon be available. Plans were recently filed with the St. Johns River Water Management District for new drainage and a retention pond.

The location on S.R. 50, a major east-west highway, is also a plus. The property lies about 36 miles from Port Canaveral and 22 miles from Orlando International Airport.

"It could go to one tenant, or more likely it would be for individual tenants," Ashlock said of the Phase 1 warehouse. "It seems like a lot of people here need smaller spaces. But we have plenty of room for trucks coming and going. A lot of places have (rental) space but not for trucks."

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