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Orlando-based developer is looking to build four-story commercial project in Ocoee

An elevation of the proposed commercial/storage building at 9000 W. Colonial Dr. in Ocoee.
An elevation of the proposed commercial/storage building at 9000 W. Colonial Dr. in Ocoee. (City of Ocoee)

Orlando-based Real Property Specialists, Inc. is progressing on the final phase of its Shoppes at West Oaks project in Ocoee.

The real estate company is seeking to build a four-story, 125,100-square-foot commercial building with climate-controlled units and more than 41,500 square feet of office and retail space at 9000 W. Colonial Drive.

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The project is a part of the Shoppes at West Oaks Planned Development, approved in 2008. The PD includes an already completed 16,500-square-foot Aldi grocery store and an Aspen Dental office and McDonalds fast food restaurant fronting S.R. 50.

Plans for the new commercial building won city planning and zoning approvals earlier this month. The rezoning request and land use plan go before Ocoee’s City Commission March 17 for its first reading.

An aerial of the development site at 9000 W. Colonial Dr. being prepped to hold a four-story self-storage building with ground-floor retail and top-floor office space.
An aerial of the development site at 9000 W. Colonial Dr. being prepped to hold a four-story self-storage building with ground-floor retail and top-floor office space. (City of Ocoee)

The four-story commercial building will feature 7,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space and about 34,300 square feet of office space on its top floor. Nearly 100,400 square feet will be dedicated to climate-controlled storage space. Features include drive-under access for loading and unloading actions.

The developer also intends to expand Aldi’s footprint by 2,700 square feet.

Bryan Potts of Tannath Design Inc. is the civil engineer for the Shoppes at West Oaks PD. Zabik Turner Engineering and Rapid Building Solutions are assisting with the self-storage component.

Over the years, Ocoee has become one of Orange County’s fastest growing cities. Since 1990, its population has more than tripled from about 13,300 residents to more than 46,000 residents.

Ocoee entered into a development agreement with family-owned citrus grower Heller Bros. to help steer mixed-use development on land its owned along Florida’s Turnpike for 40 years.

As a result, large residential subdivisions have been developed or recently proposed to meet demand.

Those active in the area include Richard Wohlfarth of Wohlfarth Consulting Group. The developer recently signed on Park Square Homes, NRP Group and Konover South to his large master-planned community in Ocoee that features apartments, townhomes and more than 150,000 square feet of commercial space in Ocoee.

Homebuilders active in the area include Mattamy Homes and Lennar Homes.

Mattamy is developing its 303-lot Preserve at Crown Point gated community, while Lennar continues to expand its Arden Park North subdivision around Lake Sims.

Last year, GrowthSpotter reported D.R Horton submitted plans to annex roughly 200 acres into the city for a new 381-unit subdivision.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-5427, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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