Illinois developer planning mixed-use project on Westside corridor

Illinois developer Eli Steinhardt is planning a live-work community near ChampionsGate on Osceola County's Westside Boulevard corridor.

The owner of Steinhardt Builders has applied to rezone 44 acres of Wheeler Farms' orange grove on the county line to Commercial Tourist zoning for the first phase of a three-phase development. The site is adjacent to the existing Four Corners Charter Elementary School. 

In the application, Steinhardt wrote that he intends to develop a live/work community on approximately 102 acres. He already purchased 60 acres adjacent to Wheeler Farm in August.

This rezoning application is for the residential portion, dubbed Eden Gardens, with a Phase 1 that would consist of multiple housing types. The future phases would include commercial space for retail and a hotel as well as additional residential units, according to the staff report.

Osceola County's Development Review Committee has already approved the rezoning. The application is slated to go to the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners in February. 

Steinhardt also has filed a Development Plan for the site, but it's on hold at the county because he needs approval for a Preliminary Subdivision Plan first. 

In August, Steinhardt paid $3 million for 60 acres just southeast of the Wheeler Farm property, set on the future southern extension of Westside Boulevard. 

The planned multimodal corridor should eventually intersect with Bella Citta Boulevard in ChampionsGate. Steinhardt met with the DRC in November for a pre-application discussion of that site, plus the 18-acre Wheeler Farms parcel to the north. 

A preliminary conceptual plan showed a subdivision with 250 single-family homes on 50-foot lots, 120 townhomes and a large amenity center.

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