More light industrial planned around Apopka's Cooper Palms Sports Complex

Bob Moser
GrowthSpotter

Apopka-based developer Michael R. Cooper Construction Co. expects to break ground in May on its latest light industrial project near Apopka's Cooper Palms Sports Complex, and could start work in the Fall on another neighboring 20-acre site for warehouse/office, the company's president told GrowthSpotter

Located at 445 W. First St. on the northeast corner with S. Bradshaw Road, the 2.4-acre parcel had plans approved last year by the city for three light industrial/office buildings of 7,485 square feet each (22,455 SF overall), dubbed Magnolia Commerce Center.

A recent amendment to the project's final Development Plan has had to cycle back through city approvals, and went before Apopka's Development Review Committee on Wednesday. 

Prospective tenants for the three buildings include a fitness center and medical rehabilitation facility, said developer Michael R. Cooper, who declined to name clients under contract. A remaining 7,485 square feet is available for lease, he noted. 

"We hope to break ground next month," Cooper said. "We've had construction documents and infrastructure approved by the city, but had a small modification request for a future tenant that wanted extra parking." 

The property lies directly north of the 100,000-square-foot Cooper Palms Sports Complex, which the company developed with partners and opened in December 2015.  

Cooper is also preparing more than 20 acres directly west of the Magnolia site for the Lake Gem Commerce Center, a planned 13-pad light industrial park with the potential for buildings as large as 30,000 square feet, and a total of 150,000 to 200,000 square feet park-wide upon buildout. 

Stormwater retention infrastructure is in at the site, Cooper said, and construction plans could go to the city as soon as next week. He estimates construction on the Lake Gem site could start by September. 

And south of the sports complex, along S. Bradshaw Road and Cooper Palms Parkway, one pad remains available among an original eight for more light industrial/office buildings. A new 7,500-square-foot headquarters for Cooper Construction is one of two projects being built there now.

Cooper's firm has handled the architectural work on all the projects and will serve as general contractor. Kenneth H. Ehlers of Mount Dora is civil engineer, and Nieto Whittaker Surveying of Lake Mary is the surveyor. 

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