Orlando developers Bob Harrell and Ralph Singleton have filed construction plans with St. Johns River Water Management District for the first phase of Villa Pass, an approved 351-home subdivision on Mascotte’s Villa City Road.
“Plans are in two phases, but it could be developed all at one time or in two phases,” Ralph Singleton told GrowthSpotter. He and Harrell are developing the 36.5 acres under the name Villa Pass LLC. They have owned the land for about six years, Singleton said. Phase 2 is 37.9 acres directly south of Phase 1 across Pablo Island Drive, according to county land records. They paid $556,000 for all of the land in both phases.
Phase 1 consists of 131 50-foot-wide residential lots and 9.12 acres of required open space, according to site plans created by Clermont-based McCoy & Associates.
“This is the largest development that is close to construction” in Mascotte, city planner Max Spann told GrowthSpotter. “The city has approved the zoning and the future land use for the entire project. We’re waiting for the developer to turn in the final construction plans.”
Horizontal construction should start in early 2021, Singleton said. The finished lots would then be sold to a builder, he said, declining to name the builder he and his business partner are in talks with.
“We’ve not firmed up yet, so I’m going to be reluctant to go there,” Singleton said. “We’ll be there shortly.”
“There is a substantial demand for housing right now,” Singleton said.
Florida’s population has ballooned to 22.9 million people from 9.75 million in 1980, and is expected to increase to 25.9 million by 2030.
In Mascotte "the growth related to building permits has been the fastest in Lake County, Spann said, increasing from 10 building permits about 3 years ago to about 150 “this last year.”
The town is about equidistant of downtown Orlando and Wesley Chapel, attracting commuters, retirees and investors alike, Spann said, and all the building has been single-family detached homes.
Developer Tony Roper is working on three communities in Mascotte: Woodbury, Roper Trails and The Grove, which will add about 80 residential lots, Spann said. KB Homes is building The Gardens at Lake Jackson, which has completed about 160 units. Avex Homes is building 160 units at Sunset Lakes Estates, he said.
“These are all single-family detached developments,” he said. “Mascotte is right now devoid of almost any commercial development. The city is approaching a level where its commercial needs are going to need to be addressed” by soliciting commercial developers. “Commercial developers tend to pay more attention to rooftops and right now (the approximately 6,000 rooftops) are under served.”
Mascotte has an abundant amount of land in both its downtown district and along the major transportation corridors to support additional residential and commercial development, Spann said, estimating the available space to be about 11,000 acres.
Across Villa City Road, the City of Groveland recently rejected a proposed 437-home subdivision on the site of the former Groveland Mansion.
Villa Pass developers Singleton and Harrell also are working on a development in Orlando that should be under construction by mid-2021, Singleton said. Tyson Ranch on Boggy Creek Road near the Orlando Airport is a 75-acre mixed-use development that will include townhomes, apartments and commercial space.
M/I Homes signed on earlier this year to build the 320 townhomes, and luxury multifamily developer Bainbridge Companies will build a 324-unit apartment community. Additionally, the mixed-use project features entitlements for up to 250 hotel rooms and more than 187,000 square feet of commercial, storage and office space.
“It’s in the latter stages of design,” Singleton said of Tyson Ranch.