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The Huber Group is doubling down in the Town of Oakland with two projects in the works

Windermere-based The Huber Group is proposing two commercial projects in the small Town of Oakland.
Windermere-based The Huber Group is proposing two commercial projects in the small Town of Oakland. (Town of Oakland/Orange County Property Appraiser)

One project isn’t enough for The Huber Group. The Windermere-based company is embarking on two separate commercial developments in the small Town of Oakland.

The largest one of the two consists of developing 164,000 square feet of industrial space at 16360 West Colonial Dr. Just a short distance away, the company is also proposing to build up to 29,000 total square feet of commercial/mixed-use space at 15900 West Colonial Dr.

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Earlier this week, town commissioners unanimously approved the company’s request to rezone 32.8 acres along State Road 50 and west of the Catherine Ross Road extension, to Planned Development from C-1 Commercial. The approvals allow The Huber Group to move forward with plans to build four commercial lots fronting West Colonial Drive in the Gateway PD.

At its request, the company is now able to accommodate at least one drive-through user into plans with the potential to bring two more in, on the condition building designs are approved by the town’s commissioners and its Appearance Review Board.

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The proposed Oakland Mixed Use Village PD includes 63,000 square feet of commercial space and a 220-unit multifamily community between Florida's Turnpike and S.R. 50.

At the commission meeting, Allan Bradley, a managing member at The Huber Group, compared the project to the Grove at Isleworth commercial complex on the southwest corner of South Apopka Vineland and Conroy-Windermere roads, where Hawkers Asian Street Fare, Starbucks and Bank of America have locations.

“It’s one of those things you drive by and you didn’t know there was a drive-through,” he said.”[Plans are] not really set up for single-users, these buildings are much larger than a fast-food drive-through type user...It’s going to look like buildings that were built into the fabric of the community.”

Poulos & Bennett is the civil engineer.

Meanwhile to the west, the company is proposing to build a new self-storage development.

According to plans recently reviewed by the town’s Appearance Review Board, The Huber Group intends to build nine storage buildings on approximately 13.8 acres just north of Florida’s Turnpike. The project is called Secure Storage Site, which may indicate plans to partner with the self-storage operator SecurCare Self Storage, which currently operates over 200 storage facilities across the United States.

Plans are taking place at a time when several active developments are happening within the town of Oakland.

North of Johns Lake, a company tied to Cornerstone Residential Management LLC bought a 16-acre development site with entitlements to build up to 195 assisted living and independent living units, as well as eight large single-family homes. Plans also call for a 6,000-square-foot sit-down restaurant, a 3,500-square-foot quick-service restaurant, 20,000-square-feet of retail space, and a 5,000-square-foot bank.

In the past, the Town of Oakland has primarily seen new single-family and townhome subdivisions. Its first apartment project is currently underway and is being developed by Unicorp National Developments.

The $90 million 342-unit Avenue at Oakland apartment complex is located northeast of Florida’s Turnpike and State Road 438. It’s part of a larger master-planned community developed by Dwight Saathoff’s Project Finance & Development. The first phase, built by Pulte Homes, consisted of 84 single-family homes and 100 townhomes.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 491-3357, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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