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Battaglia Group seeks PUD rezoning for 105 acres next to St. Cloud's Tohoqua

Battaglia Group seeks PUD rezoning for 105 acres next to St. Cloud's Tohoqua
Battaglia Group has applied to rezone the 105 acres south of Neptune Road for a community called Neptune Village. (Osceola County Property Appraiser)

Winter Park-based Battaglia Group has applied to rezone 120 acres in St. Cloud for a Planned Unit Development with entitlements for nearly 1,600 homes and a town center to position the property for sale.

The orange grove is located at the southwest corner of Neptune Road and Old Canoe Creek Road, just east of the Florida Turnpike. It's currently zoned for Highway Business use (heavy commercial), which doesn't allow residential development.

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"We are proceeding with securing the PUD Zoning in order to accommodate a mix of uses on the site," Battaglia Group COO Daniel Butts told GrowthSpotter. "We believe doing so will attract the interest of those developers capable of delivering a premier project for St. Cloud."

The proposed PUD includes entitlements for 325,000 square feet of commercial and retail uses and nearly 1,600 residential units.
The proposed PUD includes entitlements for 325,000 square feet of commercial and retail uses and nearly 1,600 residential units. (VHB)

Battaglia Group has owned the land since the 1950s, and the company replanted the grove in 2008. But development is encroaching quickly around it, which prompted the company's principals and planners to start a discussion with city officials about potential concepts and uses.

"We envision that the site will support a combination of single- and multifamily residential options, as well as a commercial and retail village that will serve the demands of both the internal residents and the surrounding area," Butts said.

The firm's planning team from VHB, Inc. met last week with St. Cloud's Development Review Committee. City planners have asked for a more details regarding the master landscaping plan, amenities and phasing.

They also asked for a description of housing types and price ranges, and asked VHB to add food halls and open-air markets as permitted uses in the town center.

The application is scheduled to go to the Planning Commission and City Council in September.

The PUD application would entitle the property for 325,000 square feet of commercial and retail space in a town center that would be separated from residential uses by an internal road and stormwater pond. Battaglia is seeking approvals for up to 871 single-family homes with a minimum 50-foot lot size and 713 multifamily units. Each single-family home must have at least 1,200 square feet of living space.

Just across the Turnpike, Mattamy Homes is the exclusive homebuilder for Phase 1 of Tohoqua, the 3,220-home mixed-use development on the east shore of Lake Tohopekaliga with a dedicated high school site and new STEM charter school.

Tohoqua has Mixed-Use zoning and was approved by Osceola County before being annexed into St. Cloud, which means it has a variety of lot sizes, including a 30-foot rear-loaded detached product. Mattamy will offer multiple floorplans with a buyer's choice of Traditional Florida, Craftsman or Farmhouse-style elevations.

Butts said Battaglia Group opted not to produce a detailed master plan because they wanted to maintain flexibility for the future buyer/developer, while also ensuring St. Cloud that the ultimate development would be compatible with surrounding areas and sustainable.

The firm also owns a 25-acre parcel on the north side of Neptune Road, zoned for Highway Business, that is not a part of the PUD.

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