Lake County Developments

  • South Florida custom builder and broker team up for trio of estate communities

    South Florida custom builder and broker team up for trio of estate communities

    A developer and a broker with deep roots in South Florida are making a move into Central Florida. RCR Homes and Howard Chase Real Estate are teaming up to build and sell up to 34 ultra-luxury homes about an hour northwest of Orlando. “These are like big monster mansions,” said Howard Chase, broker...

  • UPDATED: Blighted Groveland motels to be converted to apartments

    UPDATED: Blighted Groveland motels to be converted to apartments

    A South Florida developer is planning to convert two blighted motels in Groveland into an apartment complex called "Milestone Hills." Groveland Property Investment, affiliate of Miami developer Martin F. Ugarte and CRE broker Santiago Silva, paid $3.5 million last week for the the former Clermont...

  • Mount Dora approves design standards for new home construction

    Mount Dora approves design standards for new home construction

    In a move to make future development in Mount Dora align with the historic city’s architecture and live up to its “Someplace Special” moniker, the City Council preliminarily approved design standards Tuesday for development in the Wolf Branch district on the east side of US 441, a likely location...

  • Wolf Branch district changes recommended as Mount Dora, county weigh plan

    Wolf Branch district changes recommended as Mount Dora, county weigh plan

    In the first four months since Lake County and the city of Mount Dora knuckled down on their intent to bring high-paying tech jobs and new housing to the region with the 1,300-acre Wolf Branch Innovation District some tweaks have been made to the plan's mixed-use employment center. “We are still...

  • Retail center in Clermont pursues theme of healthy-lifestyle tenants

    Retail center in Clermont pursues theme of healthy-lifestyle tenants

    A new 56,000-square-foot shopping plaza anchored by a new Planet Fitness and a health-conscious theme will soon break ground in Clermont. The Shoppes at Anderson Hill, located across the street from Walmart at the northwest corner of U.S. 27 and Anderson Hill Road, will be unlike any other commercial...

  • Counties vow to coordinate planning across lines at Four Corners Summit

    Counties vow to coordinate planning across lines at Four Corners Summit

    County officials pledged to work together in the next year to develop an overlay district to regulate land use and development throughout the Four Corners area Wednesday during the 2018 Four Corners Area Council One Vision Summit. The Kissimmee Area Chamber of Commerce engaged Thomas Kohler, a...

  • Proposed changes to Howey-in-the-Hills residential developments denied

    Proposed changes to Howey-in-the-Hills residential developments denied

    Town leaders in Howey-in-the-Hills have directed two developers to stick with their original subdivision plans, denying requested changes to the Venezia North and Whispering Pines projects, set to add a significant amount of homes in the Lake County town. “We do want new residential areas and some...

  • Publix outparcel in Clermont sold at auction for over $2 million

    Publix outparcel in Clermont sold at auction for over $2 million

    Winter Park-based Battaglia Group used the auction route to sell a vacant outparcel at a Publix-anchored shopping center in the Four Corners area of Lake County. The transaction hasn't closed yet, but Saunders Auctions President John Haney told GrowthSpotter the sale is pending for just over $2...

  • New select service Hilton flag headed to Millenia Boulevard

    New select service Hilton flag headed to Millenia Boulevard

    An Apopka hotelier has filed plans for a new select-service hotel next to the planned Mercedes dealership south of Mall of Millenia. Akber Jamal, who last year sold two Orlando-area hotels, told GrowthSpotter he's planning to start construction on a 129-room Hilton Garden Inn just off Millenia...

  • Meritage buys homesites in Howey-in-the-Hills, where more activity awaits

    Meritage buys homesites in Howey-in-the-Hills, where more activity awaits

    Meritage Homes has plans for dozens of single-family homes to close out the Venezia subdivision at Howey-in-the-Hills, where it will build the last homes in a 172-lot development set in an active area of Lake County. The builder this week has been seeking city approval for the models of homes that...

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  • Park Square plans 166 homes in Mount Dora near S.R. 429 connector

    Park Square plans 166 homes in Mount Dora near S.R. 429 connector

    Park Square Homes seeks entitlements for 166 single-family homes planned in phase four of its Summerbrooke development in Mount Dora, according to filings with the city. The development, which stretches from Wolf Branch Road at its northern end to State Road 46 at its south and has access to U.S....

  • Developer moving forward on revised plans for LaViance in Groveland

    Developer moving forward on revised plans for LaViance in Groveland

    After being sent back to the drawing board by Groveland City Council in January, the company behind residential development LaViance is moving forward with a revised plan for fewer homes, larger lots and increased amenities. Even with the lower density, LaViance will become the second-largest residential...

  • Eustis says impact-fee incentives possible in 800-acre assemblage

    Eustis says impact-fee incentives possible in 800-acre assemblage

    A nearly 800-acre property that city officials say is eligible for some Eustis impact-fee credits will soon be on the market. Orlando commercial real estate attorney John K. Keating owns the undeveloped rural pastureland south of the former Pine Meadows Golf Course along State Route 44. The series...

  • Clermont weighs density bonuses as path to affordable or inclusionary housing

    Clermont weighs density bonuses as path to affordable or inclusionary housing

    Clermont is considering a staff proposal to incentivize or require developers to address affordable-housing concerns in their plans, with a similar approach to local governments across Florida and other parts of the country that employ inclusionary programs. Its Economic Development Office has...

  • Former Pine Meadows Golf Course acreage back on market with site plan

    Former Pine Meadows Golf Course acreage back on market with site plan

    After several years as a sod field, the former Pine Meadows Golf Course east of State Road 19 northeast of Eustis is for sale again -- and in early stages of being annexed into the city of Eustis. The 241-acre property listed at $3.75 million, $15,560.17 per acre. Seller Peter Strimenos told GrowthSpotter...

  • Eustis Lake Club property deal off; lakefront plans uncertain

    Eustis Lake Club property deal off; lakefront plans uncertain

    A deal to buy Sharp’s Mobile Park in downtown Eustis is off, according to the seller, creating an uncertain future for Eustis Lake Club, a Key West-style residential development planned at the lakeside property. Wilma Sharp says her family was ready to sell more than 7 acres along Lakeshore Drive,...

  • Eustis seeks CRE investors to bid on vacant downtown building

    Eustis seeks CRE investors to bid on vacant downtown building

    The City of Eustis is seeking property investors to bid this month on a vacant three-story building in its historic downtown, and would consider most commercial or mixed-use concepts for its reuse, according to a bid announcement issued Monday. Located at 17 E. Magnolia Ave. in the downtown's Central...

  • Leesburg-based aggregates manufacturer pursues future w/employee ownership

    Leesburg-based aggregates manufacturer pursues future w/employee ownership

    Consolidated Minerals Inc. (CMI), a manufacturer of specialty aggregates used in construction products with operations in Leesburg and Orlando, became a 100 percent employee-owned company in June. Chairman Randy Simpson told GrowthSpotter the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)...

  • Lake County seeks contractors for traffic engineering & building plan review

    Lake County seeks contractors for traffic engineering & building plan review

    Mounting real estate development is prompting Lake County to hire new contractors for building plan review and traffic engineering services, according to two bid opportunities announced in late July. The county's Office of Building Services is seeking experienced vendors to perform building, electrical,...

  • New $12M charter school to open in vacant Four Corners supermarket on U.S. 27

    New $12M charter school to open in vacant Four Corners supermarket on U.S. 27

    A Jacksonville-based charter school developer has secured county approvals to open a K-8 charter school in a former Winn Dixie supermarket on U.S. 27 in south Lake County. Taylor Smith, president of Project Finance & Development Inc., said the new Pinecrest Academy in Four Corners would serve up...

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  • Groveland to renew push for real estate development incentives in CRA district

    Groveland to renew push for real estate development incentives in CRA district

    Lake County's City of Groveland will look to a new leader of its Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to help change the face of downtown by drawing in new real estate development interest.  The city announced on Monday the hiring of Dan Murphy, an international economic development specialist...

  • Aventura-based multifamily investor pays $68.5M to enter Clermont market

    Aventura-based multifamily investor pays $68.5M to enter Clermont market

    An Aventura-based multifamily investor paid $68.5 million last week for its fourth property in Greater Orlando, buying a new complex in Clermont with its sights set on more core-plus properties in the region. An affiliate of Advenir LLC bought the year-old, 328-unit Veve at Castle Hill apartments...

  • Richland seeks zoning approval for 155 acres of new homes in Minneola

    Richland seeks zoning approval for 155 acres of new homes in Minneola

    A California-born real estate company is seeking approval from the City of Minneola to develop hundreds of homes on vacant land it owns. Richland Communities is requesting the city approve Parkview Oaks, a 460-home Planned Unit Development on nearly 155 acres at the southeast and southwest intersections...

  • Clermont seeks CRE developers & restaurateurs for downtown waterfront

    Clermont seeks CRE developers & restaurateurs for downtown waterfront

    The City of Clermont is seeking a developer to purchase and revamp two city-owned parcels on a hard corner in its downtown waterfront area, and restaurant operators to take vacant space in the area.  Clermont is requesting Letters of Interest from commercial developers with at least five years...

  • NY-based land owner preps S.R. 50 site near Clermont for new mixed uses

    NY-based land owner preps S.R. 50 site near Clermont for new mixed uses

    A New York-based real estate investment company is taking a second stab at preparing a vacant 41 acres near Clermont for development, a step in its positioning of the property for sale.  Dubbed "East Clermont Village," the land along S.R. 50 that's now earmarked for future office could be rezoned...

  • New 55+ community planned as next phase of Cagan Crossings in Clermont

    New 55+ community planned as next phase of Cagan Crossings in Clermont

    A Clermont-area mixed-use development of homes, shops and restaurants may soon welcome a $22 million age-restricted senior housing community. New plans for the 55-plus community "The Orchard at Cagan Crossings" show a 136-unit, four-story complex with a mix of surface and covered garage parking,...

  • The Villages developer sets closing month & price for 1,115-acre deal in Leesburg

    The Villages developer sets closing month & price for 1,115-acre deal in Leesburg

    The developer of The Villages, a burgeoning age-restricted community spanning three counties, is narrowly circling a land buy to expand thousands of homes further into Lake County. The Villages Land Company LLC — which owns more than 34 square miles in Sumter, Marion and Lake counties upon which...

  • Mount Dora pursues concept plan, funding for 1,300-acre innovation district

    Mount Dora pursues concept plan, funding for 1,300-acre innovation district

    Mount Dora, a Lake County city known for its quirkiness, walkability and small-town feel, is moving forward with a plan to shape a high-powered employment district out of 1,300 acres to its east. Dubbed the Wolf Branch Innovation District, the area is composed of 172 mostly-vacant land parcels...

  • Lake Commissioners postpone vote on raising transportation impact fees

    Lake Commissioners postpone vote on raising transportation impact fees

    Lake County's bargain-rate transportation impact fees will stay in place for the foreseeable future after commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to postpone action on the fee hikes indefinitely. The board debated whether to raise impact fees in the North and Central areas of the county to the level they...

  • Lake Commissioners considering 500-percent hike to road impact fee

    Lake Commissioners considering 500-percent hike to road impact fee

    Lake County Commissioners are scheduled to vote June 5 on an ordinance that could more than quintuple transportation impact fees across two thirds of the county, matching the rates now charged in the southern third of the county and bringing them closer to those charged by neighboring jurisdictions....

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  • Beucher family selling undeveloped land, finished lots at Lake's Mission Inn Resort

    Beucher family selling undeveloped land, finished lots at Lake's Mission Inn Resort

    For the first time, regional and national homebuilders will get a chance to build in one of Central Florida's most historic golf resorts. The Beucher family, which has owned the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Lake County since 1964, has engaged Maury L. Carter & Associates to sell dozens of finished...

  • Florida Hospital Waterman plans new office bldg in Mount Dora to expand reach

    Florida Hospital Waterman plans new office bldg in Mount Dora to expand reach

    Florida Hospital Waterman is planning a new medical office building in Mount Dora about six miles from its main campus in Tavares, adding new services to a growing area of north Lake County. Located on U.S. 441 just south of the entrance to the Country Club of Mount Dora, the 10.84-acre site was...

  • Eustis to offer incentives for new development & annexation into city

    Eustis to offer incentives for new development & annexation into city

    The city of Eustis is seeking to grow both its population and economic base with two new incentive programs approved by city commissioners earlier this month. On April 5, commissioners enacted a one-year program to waive application fees usually charged for residents or business owners who want...

  • Clermont seeks builder for new Kehlor Recreation Center building

    Clermont seeks builder for new Kehlor Recreation Center building

    The city of Clermont is looking for a general contractor to lead construction on the new Kehlor Recreation Center building in its historic downtown, according to a Request for Bids (RFB) issued on Friday.  Located at the intersection of Fifth Street and Minneola Avenue, Kehlor Park offers public...

  • Sun Terra buys Hills of Minneola for $70M+, plans construction this year

    Sun Terra buys Hills of Minneola for $70M+, plans construction this year

    Oviedo-based developer Sun Terra Communities paid $70.8 million last week for the balance of The Hills of Minneola, an approved Planned Unit Development in Lake County that's entitled for nearly 4,000 homes. The property straddles all four corners of the Minneola - Florida Turnpike interchange...

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  • Leesburg seeks construction manager for new lakefront community center

    Leesburg seeks construction manager for new lakefront community center

    The city of Leesburg is looking to hire a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) to lead work on a new community center building at the Venetian Gardens Park, an estimated $5.8 million project, according to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued last week.  City commissioners approved in December...

  • Construction manager sought for 141-acre public park in Lake County

    Construction manager sought for 141-acre public park in Lake County

    Lake County is seeking a a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) to complete full buildout of the long-awaited South Lake Regional Park and its associated road improvements in Groveland, a project estimated at $18.5 million, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued on Thursday. Construction...

  • Hanover and Richmond American swap lots to partner in Groveland, St. Cloud

    Hanover and Richmond American swap lots to partner in Groveland, St. Cloud

    Local homebuilders Richmond American Homes and Hanover Family Builders completed a land swap last week valued at nearly $3.5 million, and will team up to complete the buildout of two neighborhoods in Groveland and St. Cloud. The builders finalized the deal less than a month after RAH bought Phase...

  • Leesburg approves rezoning of 2,631 acres for The Villages w/developer's agreement

    Leesburg approves rezoning of 2,631 acres for The Villages w/developer's agreement

    Leesburg Commissioners voted Monday night to give initial approval for a new development of The Villages in its city limits, approving Age-Restricted Development (ARD) zoning for 2,631 acres near the Florida Turnpike. Commissioners also approved a development agreement between the city and The Villages...

  • Clermont seeks engineering consultant for $12.6M in new downtown projects

    Clermont seeks engineering consultant for $12.6M in new downtown projects

    The city of Clermont is seeking an engineering consultant to provide planning, design and review services for multiple projects in its downtown waterfront area, according to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued last week. Clermont adopted a five-, 10- and 20-year master plan in March 2015...

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  • Tavares to issue RFQs for new seaplane bases, feasibility study for arts center

    Tavares to issue RFQs for new seaplane bases, feasibility study for arts center

    The city of Tavares is preparing to issue requests for professional help to rebuild the city's downtown floating docks, and to conduct a feasibility study for a new performing arts center. "Probably, within the next 30 to 45 days, both will be out there," economic development director Bob Tweedie...

  • South Florida CRE investors pay $23M for Leesburg mall, plan lease-up & growth

    South Florida CRE investors pay $23M for Leesburg mall, plan lease-up & growth

    Two South Florida real estate investors and brokers have paid a combined $23 million for the Via Port Florida mall in Leesburg, and say they have the experience to lease up and grow the struggling mall.  Meir Benzaken and Laurent Abitbol, brokers with Pompano Beach-based Exclusive Management and...

  • Hill Gray Seven puts Leesburg retail site under contract for redevelopment

    Hill Gray Seven puts Leesburg retail site under contract for redevelopment

    Local developer Hill Gray Seven has a new multi-tenant retail site in Leesburg under contract, and is pursuing more land in Greater Orlando's secondary markets that national tenants have been clamoring for. Closing on the 1-acre site is anticipated by mid-December or earlier, founder and CEO Gregg...

  • Lake County seeks CEI engineering firm for Citrus Grove Road extension

    Lake County seeks CEI engineering firm for Citrus Grove Road extension

    Lake County is looking for a firm to provide construction, engineering and inspection services (CEI) for the first phase of extension work planned on Citrus Grove Road, according to a Request for Statements of Qualifications (RSQ) announced this past weekend. The chosen company would provide CEI,...

  • Renovation-focused investor pays $1.1M for Leesburg Opera House

    Renovation-focused investor pays $1.1M for Leesburg Opera House

    An investor with plans to spruce up downtown Leesburg has bought the iconic building known as the Leesburg Opera House for $1.13 million. Located at 401 W. Main St., the buyer was TGRJR, LLC, an investment vehicle managed by Thomas Frost, CEO of Sarasota-based Datum Corp., a provider of consulting,...

  • New 141-acre regional park in south Lake County nears design phase

    New 141-acre regional park in south Lake County nears design phase

    Lake County’s long-awaited South Lake Regional Park is moving closer to reality. The Master Plan for the 141-plus acres is complete and plans for grading are underway, said county spokeswoman Elisha Pappacoda. The county has applied for a permit with the St. Johns River Water Management District...

  • Lake County seeks landscape architecture firms for service contracts

    Lake County seeks landscape architecture firms for service contracts

    Lake County is looking to hire one or more landscape architecture firms for continuing service contracts, according to a Request for Statements of Qualifications (RSQ) issued this week.  The continuing services contract could be offered to one or more firms for on-call services on an as-required...

  • Lake County’s largest warehouse bldg sells for $40M to Alabama-based investors

    Lake County’s largest warehouse bldg sells for $40M to Alabama-based investors

    Birmingham, Ala.-based real estate investment firm Graham Commercial Properties paid $40.2 million on Sept. 20 for Lake County’s largest industrial warehouse building, drawn by credit tenants and Central Florida's growing role in the e-commerce boom. Located at 19925 Independence Blvd., the Lake...

  • National apartment developer considers two new sites in Downtown Eustis

    National apartment developer considers two new sites in Downtown Eustis

    National multifamily developer The Richman Group is discussing building two apartment projects in downtown Eustis on non-adjacent lots, a lead official with the city told GrowthSpotter.  The discussion is preliminary at this point, said development services director Lori Barnes, who added a key...

  • ContraVest eyes January start on new 230-unit Clermont apartment complex

    ContraVest eyes January start on new 230-unit Clermont apartment complex

    Altamonte Springs-based ContraVest should break ground in January on a 230-unit "Class A" apartment community in Clermont near the intersection of U.S. 27 and S.R. 50. It will be the fifth of the company's "Addison" branded complexes in active development in the Orlando metro area. The multifamily...

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  • Clermont lots first slated for office space now prepped for new apts near hospital

    Clermont lots first slated for office space now prepped for new apts near hospital

    An affiliate of Atlanta-based Inland Atlantic Development Corp. is planning to combine two vacant office pads across from South Lake Hospital in Clermont for a new 144-unit Class A apartment complex.  Located at the southwest corner of Oakley Seaver Drive and Citrus Tower Boulevard, the 9.57-acre...

  • Lake County seeks architect & CMAR for new animal control building

    Lake County seeks architect & CMAR for new animal control building

    Lake County is seeking an architecture firm and Construction Manager at-Risk (CMAR) for its new animal control and shelter building being planned, according to separate requests for proposals (RFP) and qualifications (RFQ) issued this week.  The single-story building would be used by the county's...

  • Medical office demand in Clermont sparks plans to build out Citrus Tower Park

    Medical office demand in Clermont sparks plans to build out Citrus Tower Park

    Riding on the success of Citrus Tower Park’s medical office space, a Clermont-based development group is planning to convert the last seven acres of the Lost Lake Reserve Tract at John’s Lake Road and Citrus Tower Boulevard into 56,000 more square feet of office. “We should have executed contracts...

  • Clermont seeks architect for new expanded public works facility campus

    Clermont seeks architect for new expanded public works facility campus

    The city of Clermont wants to hire an architectural firm to design a new public works facility on 18 acres, according to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued last week. To be located on Hancock Road, the new facility is meant to serve the current and future needs of the city's public works...

  • Leesburg church plans second building near The Villages of Fruitland Park

    Leesburg church plans second building near The Villages of Fruitland Park

    After two years of planning, First Baptist Church of Leesburg is launching construction plans for a second church sanctuary adjacent to The Villages in Fruitland Park. The church has submitted requests for a grading permit to the St. Johns River Water Management District for grading and retention...

  • Leesburg seeks architect for new aquatics center, engineer for utility lines

    Leesburg seeks architect for new aquatics center, engineer for utility lines

    The city of Leesburg is seeking an architectural/engineering design services firm to lead its development of a new aquatic facility, and a civil engineering firm to help relocate utilities along a stretch of U.S. 441, according to two Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) published this week. Leesburg...

  • Medical office and retail planned for Fruitland Park area of The Villages

    Medical office and retail planned for Fruitland Park area of The Villages

    A developer is in the early stages of seeking permits for an office and retail center at the doorstep of The Village’s newest neighborhood off C.R. 466-A in Fruitland Park. Located at the northwest corner of 466-A and Micro Race Track Road, the 10.38-acre property is owned by Degma Investments...

  • Clermont boat dealership plans move and expansion w/new building

    Clermont boat dealership plans move and expansion w/new building

    Tommy’s Florida, part of a national chain of boat dealerships, has filed plans to build a new two-story, 14,000 square-foot sales and service building in Clermont to replace its current leased facility nearby. Located on the south side S.R. 50 just east of a U-Haul rental business, a Development...

  • Hanover Capital Partners launching new homebuilding division

    Hanover Capital Partners launching new homebuilding division

    With its litigation over Hanover Lakes in Osceola County now resolved, Hanover Capital Partners executives told GrowthSpotter the 543-home boating community will be a key component in the launch of the company's new homebuilding division: Hanover Family Builders. "We're happy to put it in the past...

  • Kolter Homes pursues 580-lot active adult community in SE Lake County

    Kolter Homes pursues 580-lot active adult community in SE Lake County

    West Palm Beach-based Kolter Homes is seeking permits for a 580-home “active adult community” within its larger 987-acre Serenoa residential development in southeast Lake County. Under its affiliate VK Avalon Groves LLC, Kolter has county and state approval for a total 1,600 units in what was formerly...

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  • Second brew pub planned in historic Downtown Eustis

    Second brew pub planned in historic Downtown Eustis

    Eustis has a second brew pub coming on tap in downtown, planned for the former Magnolia Café and bike shop on the prominent corner of N. Bay Street and Magnolia Avenue. Dubbed the Bay Street Brewery & Bistro, the new business is led by Eustis couple Lea and Bill Beckett, who own a craft liquor...

  • Lake County land owners eye Clermont annexation as Wellness Way remains stuck

    Lake County land owners eye Clermont annexation as Wellness Way remains stuck

    Lake County land owners seeking to develop Wellness Way are getting restless waiting for the county’s plan to create a development corridor emphasizing health and wellness, even as Cemex is fighting to build a sand mine in the middle that some stakeholders say would be anathema to development’s...

  • Eustis seeks design-build contractor for new skate park

    Eustis seeks design-build contractor for new skate park

    The city of Eustis is planning a new skate park at Sunset Island Park and is seeking a design-build contractor to lead the project, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) published within the past week.  The RFP requires bidders to describe how the company can help the city achieve its goals...

  • Lake County seeks PD&E bids for widening Round Lake Road

    Lake County seeks PD&E bids for widening Round Lake Road

    As the extension of the S.R. 429 spur into Mount Dora moves ever closer, Lake County is preparing to upgrade rural roads that will get a lot more traffic dumped into the area at S.R. 44 and Round Lake in Mount Dora. The county has put out a Request for Statements of Qualifications (RSQ) from companies...

  • Four Corners Bus Tour highlights booming economy, challenges from rapid growth

    Four Corners Bus Tour highlights booming economy, challenges from rapid growth

    After taking a one-year hiatus, the Osceola Kissimmee Chamber's Four Corners Bus Tour led participants through a whirlwind of new developments on Wednesday in a rapidly growing submarket. "Today we're seeing things that we were only talking about two years ago on the last tour," Four Corners Area...

  • Lake County seeks land use attorneys to oversee real estate disputes

    Lake County seeks land use attorneys to oversee real estate disputes

    Lake County is seeking land use attorneys to help oversee occasional real estate disputes involving environmental and land use issues, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) published last week.  The county would contract qualified attorneys or law firms to serve as Special Magistrate (known...

  • RNR Tire Express expands into Lake County via Leesburg

    RNR Tire Express expands into Lake County via Leesburg

    The entrepreneur who started Champion Rent–To-Own furniture store recently bought a former Tuffy’s Auto repair shop in Leesburg, with plans to renovate and reopen as a national tires store.  Located at 10742 U.S. 441 across from Leesburg's Home Depot, The 4,550-square-foot building will reopen...

  • PD&E bids sought for extension of Lake County's C.R. 455 to Wellness Way

    PD&E bids sought for extension of Lake County's C.R. 455 to Wellness Way

    Lake County is looking for a consultant to provide project planning, engineering, and environmental analysis services for an approximate 3.5-mile extension of C.R. 455 from Hartwood Marsh Road to Wellness Way, opening a back-door entrance to South Lake County’s new planned growth corridor. Tasks...

  • KB Home launching new subdivisions in Groveland, Winter Haven

    KB Home launching new subdivisions in Groveland, Winter Haven

    KB Home has started construction and will open sales this summer on two new subdivisions in Groveland and Winter Haven.  Lake Lucerne in Winter Haven is a reactivated project that KB had purchased for $9 million in 2005. The 388-lot subdivision is divided into six develoment phases. Jim Reinert,...

  • New craft brew pub planned in Downtown Eustis in time for Octoberfest

    New craft brew pub planned in Downtown Eustis in time for Octoberfest

    A new craft beer pub, dubbed Wolf Branch Brewing, will lease 1,700 square feet of space in the historic Iron Block Building on Bay Street in the heart of Downtown Eustis, and city development officials are excited. “We think a brew pub will bring positive activity and energy to downtown,” said...

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  • Solar-powered neighborhood expanding in the shadow of The Villages

    Solar-powered neighborhood expanding in the shadow of The Villages

    A development of solar-powered homes in the shadow of The Villages in Lady Lake is growing, fueled by customer interest in energy-efficient homes with solar panels that cut their electric bills to almost nothing. Green Key Village developer and builder Greg Thomas and his wife, Kim Thomas, of MainSail...

  • Leesburg’s Beacon College chases growth spurt with new student housing plans

    Leesburg’s Beacon College chases growth spurt with new student housing plans

    Leesburg-based Beacon College is in the middle of a growth spurt, sparking plans for campus renovations and expansion for the east side of the Lake County city’s downtown. Founded by a group of parents in 1989 to provide students with learning disabilities, autism and ADHD a college education,...

  • Groveland's boundary redefining mixed-use project Villa City faces Feb. 22 vote

    Groveland's boundary redefining mixed-use project Villa City faces Feb. 22 vote

    Groveland is set, once again, to vote on annexing a 2,467-acre assemblage planned for mixed-use development as Villa City, a land mass that has the potential to double the city's size. The city voted on it last fall, but then the town was roiled by the revelation that its mayor was a convicted...

  • The Villages buys more land in Leesburg

    The Villages buys more land in Leesburg

    The Villages Land Co. LLC bought 241 acres in Leesburg for $4.3 million from Pride Homes of Lake County, per a deed recorded Feb. 6. The land is on the west side of the Florida Turnpike, north of State Road 470 and east of the Sumter County line. As is its custom, The Villages did not return calls...

  • Florida Hospital Waterman banks 2nd piece of land in past two months

    Florida Hospital Waterman banks 2nd piece of land in past two months

    Florida Hospital Waterman spent $900,000 on Jan. 18 to buy its second piece of land on U.S. 441 in the past two months for future development. The purchase included two parcels totaling 3.7 acres in Leesburg on Sleepy Hollow Road with frontage on U.S. 441, across from where S.R. 44 comes into the...

  • Second Four Corners shopping center sells

    Second Four Corners shopping center sells

    WCOT Glen Brook Commons Florida, an LLC of a Prudential Real Estate Investment Trust, sold Glenbrook Commons, a strip shopping center with a total of 72,339-square-foot in the Four Corners area of South Lake County, for $6.6 million on Dec. 19. The buyer of the center at 1714 U.S. 27, near Clermont,...

  • Judge rules Lake County’s Wellness Way sector plan out of compliance

    Judge rules Lake County’s Wellness Way sector plan out of compliance

    A judge has ruled that Lake County’s Wellness Way sector development plan for 16,200 acres in its southeast corner is not in compliance with state planning rules, leaving county officials and land owners to contemplate what to do next. “They didn’t kill the whole plan,” said Robert Chandler, Lake...

  • Eyesore property at entrance to Eustis sells for redevelopment

    Eyesore property at entrance to Eustis sells for redevelopment

    A former Lowe’s site that has sat empty for years on a prominent corner at the entrance of Eustis sold on Thursday for $1.6 million. The 9.29-acre property was bought by an LLC controlled by a local physician, who has plans to build a medical office development on the nearly nine acres along U.S....

  • Florida Hospital Waterman buys 10.5 acres in Mount Dora near country club

    Florida Hospital Waterman buys 10.5 acres in Mount Dora near country club

    Florida Hospital Waterman paid $2.35 million on Nov. 18 for about 10.5 acres on U.S. 441 that lie just south of the entrance to the Country Club of Mount Dora, and about six miles from its campus.  A spokesperson for the hospital said it has no firm plans to develop the vacant Mount Dora land. ...

  • Lake County citrus family trust assembles land around new Publix in Tavares

    Lake County citrus family trust assembles land around new Publix in Tavares

    The Whitaker Family Trust has added another 9 acres to its land surrounding the new Publix on S.R. 19 in Tavares, and is asking the city to annex the parcel and rezone it from Lake County’s Agricultural classification into Tavares to mixed-use Commercial. The city's Planning and Zoning board is...

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  • Nonprofit & developer seek GC for Clermont's first affordable apts in 20 yrs

    Nonprofit & developer seek GC for Clermont's first affordable apts in 20 yrs

    Local faith-based nonprofit New Beginnings is nearing the construction phase on a 96-unit affordable apartment complex in Clermont and has yet to choose a general contractor, the group's CEO told GrowthSpotter.  Planned for 9.66 acres on the east side of S. Grand Highway and south of Citrus Tower...

  • Large Groveland community plans call for rare water-saving measures

    Large Groveland community plans call for rare water-saving measures

    When owners of Villa City, a 2,467-acre assemblage north of Groveland in Lake County, started working to get approvals to develop the land a couple of years ago there was one big problem: they couldn’t show they had enough water available to sustain the thousands of homes planned. "Villa City came...

  • Groveland votes for mixed-use project that could double its size, developers sought

    Groveland votes for mixed-use project that could double its size, developers sought

    Lake County's Groveland -- which carries the slogan “The city with a future, watch us grow!” -- voted on Monday to take its first step toward approving a 2,467-acre mixed–use development with the potential to double its size.  The Groveland Council started by voting to create a zoning category...

  • Lake County entrepreneur plans industrial development in Tavares

    Lake County entrepreneur plans industrial development in Tavares

    Lake County entrepreneurs interested in starter space for new industrial businesses should have a new option in Tavares soon. Audie Newman, owner of Vision Conveyor in Tavares, is looking to annex 3.14 acres across the street from his business on Southridge Industrial Drive into the city of Tavares...

  • Owner prepares land for commercial sale or lease on U.S 441 in Mount Dora

    Owner prepares land for commercial sale or lease on U.S 441 in Mount Dora

    The Mount Dora City Commission annexed a 5.25-acre parcel of raw land on Tuesday, assigning it commercial zoning in a rapidly developing section of U.S. 441 between Mount Dora and Eustis, as its owner prepares for development. The owner intends to sell or lease the land for commercial use, said...

  • Downtown Mount Dora CRE owner spends $1.3M on vacant landmark building

    Downtown Mount Dora CRE owner spends $1.3M on vacant landmark building

    Main Street Leasing, a major owner of retail space in downtown Mount Dora, spent $1.3 million earlier this month to take over a landmark building in the city's downtown that has been vacant for more than a year.  Located at 403 N. Donnelly St. on the corner with and Fourth Avenue, the 4,560-square-foot...

  • Lake County owner of 640 acres seeks rezoning & like-minded developer partner

    Lake County owner of 640 acres seeks rezoning & like-minded developer partner

    Lowrie Brown’s family has owned some 640 acres of ranch land off S.R. 44 north of Leesburg since the 1960s. His deceased father loved the ranch life, and Brown has a sentimental attachment to the land that fronts Haines Creek and features a breadth of natural scenery. Now he thinks it's time to...

  • Clermont digging deep, hoping to find water to fuel future growth

    Clermont digging deep, hoping to find water to fuel future growth

    Look pretty much anywhere in Clermont and you’ll see lakes, yet the fast-growing city is planning for a time when there’s not enough drinking water to slake the throats of new residents, bringing growth to a halt. So the city, with a lot of cash aid from the St. Johns River Water Management District,...

  • Steakhouse owner invests in historic downtown Eustis real estate

    Steakhouse owner invests in historic downtown Eustis real estate

    Local realtor Leigh Ann Pippin signed a two-year purchase agreement in 2014 to buy a cavernous brick building in downtown Eustis that was a bit down in the heels. On Sept. 1, her LLC affiliate closed on the building, which in the interim has become a hopping steakhouse restaurant famous for hand-crafted...

  • Clermont's Olympians help drive economic development to city

    Clermont's Olympians help drive economic development to city

    The 20 Olympic medalists from Clermont brought home five gold, three silver and two bronze medals between them from the 2016 Summer Olympics, plus some seeds for economic development that are starting to sprout in the hilly Lake County city nicknamed “The Choice of Champions.” The sheer number...

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