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The hashed area on the map is 216 acres set to be annexed into the city of Leesburg. Early plans call for a large-lot development.
The hashed area on the map is 216 acres set to be annexed into the city of Leesburg. Early plans call for a large-lot development.

A new high-end gated condominium/duplex community is on the boards for the Silver Lake area of Lake County, said Leesburg Mayor Elise Dennison.

The land is currently in Lake County's jurisdiction, but there are plans in Leesburg City Hall to annex it into the city limits to secure city services, she said. GrowthSpotter could not reach the city official who could provide details about the proposed development.

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The Silver Lake annexation is only one example of how Leesburg is literally growing its city limits. The Lake County town is in the midst of an annexation boomlet as development activity, desirous of Leesburg's city services, applies to move their land into city boundaries.

Recently the commission gave its first vote of approval to three annexations. The largest is a 216-acre plot owned by Ranches of Orlando on the southwest side of the city, south of the Florida Turnpike and west of C.R. 33 and north of Clearwater Drive. A subdivision with large, multi-acre lots is planned for the land, according to city documents.

Another parcel of 73 acres on the north side of Griffin Road and east of C.R., called Leesburg Fruit Co., is slated for a "Solar Farm" after annexation.

"That is a real exciting project," said Leesburg City Manager Al Minner. " It feeds into green energy" and is close to a city substation that it could link into.

The smallest annexation on tap is a 4.54-acre parcel on S.R. 44 east of Whitney Road and west of Executive Blvd. owned by Browne Investment Co. LLC, which could not be reached for comment.

The southwest area of town, where two of the annexations are located, has been targeted as Leesburg's growth corridor for awhile, said Michael Rankin, Leesburg's deputy city manager.  Development stalled during the recession in the area and is heating up now.

"We are communicating now with several property owners who have shared their desire to move forward for development," said Rankin.

Teresa Burney can be reached at 352 455 1955 or at teresaburney4@gmail.com

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