Clearwater Developer Mike Galvin has filed a rezoning application with Lake County to convert a former Eustis utility spray field into more homes.
He is also requesting a future land use amendment to establish a future land use designation of Planned Unit Development with a PUD zoning designation on the 200-acre property.
Galvin intends to add the property to the adjacent Sorrento Pines PUD, located just south of the Eagle Dunes golf community in Sorrento.
The plan to purchase the land from the city and convert it to housing has been in the works since 2016, and the deal is finally done. The city declared the land as surplus since it is no longer using it as a spray field for treated effluent from its wastewater treatment facility. Galvin’s CR437 Land Investments LLC paid $1.75 million for the property in July 2021.
The developer has engaged Poulos & Bennett as civil engineer for the project. According to the applicant’s Project Narrative and Justification Statement, “The intent of the future land use amendment is to establish a new residential neighborhood consisting of up to 399 single-family homes that utilize the flexibility of the Planned Unit Development future land use designation to create harmony with the land, the existing community, the local economic environment and the unique characteristics of the site.”
This 200 acres would double the size of the Sorrento Pines PUD, the first two phases of which are now in development.
Galvin could not be reached for comment on the exact entitlements he is requesting for the property.
The expansion site is currently zoned as Community Facility District, and the proposed zoning is for PUD. It is west of Equestrian Trail, southwest of Sorrento Hills PUD, and 0.25 miles east of the intersection of Cardinal Lane and Yonge Road, within the Wekiva Study Area.
Though it is part of the study area that looks at sensitive habitats and listed species, no environmentally sensitive property has been noted.
The infrastructure for Phases 1 and 2 of Sorrento Pines is nearly complete, said Jim Reinert, vice president of land for Stanley Martin Homes in the Florida Regional Office. “The paving is down on the first phase, and we have 138 lots there, and D.R. Horton has the remainder, which is 98 lots.”
He said the plat would be recorded in the coming months, and home building should begin soon thereafter.
“The lot sizes are minimum 50-60 foot lots,” Reinert said. “There are 10 on the main road that are much larger, to provide a buffer to the large ranchettes to the east across the main road. Our product offering is fairly typical of other single-family detached homes we offer. They range of square footage from 1,600- to 2,700 square feet.”
Reinert said the third phase is still going to take some time as far as getting entitlements. “I do not know the exact timing for the entitling and engineering. (Galvin) still has some time to do that, upwards of a year.”
Stanley Martin Homes has numerous projects scattered throughout Lake County.
“The furthest along is Avalon Park in Tavares,” Reinert said. “Homes are under construction and selling there through a partnership with Avalon Park Group. We have 49 lots in Eustis almost complete at Mayhill. And then last year, we finished up Windy Ridge in Grand Isle and Lake Denham Estates in Leesburg.”
Stanley Martin just started development on Sunset Lake Estates in Mascotte, which will have 134 homes.