New subdivision planned on former St. Cloud Airfield property

The City of St. Cloud has annexed a former private airfield and approved a PUD zoning for a 355-home subdivision there.

Winter Garden developer Mark Maciel has filed a Preliminary Subdivision Plan for the 143-acre parcel on Michigan Avenue, just south of St. Cloud High School. The PSP goes to City Council on Aug. 10.

This week, Maciel's Tall Castle Development applied for an Environmental Resource Permit with the South Florida Water Management District for the community, which is slated for 285 single-family lots (53-feet wide) and 80 townhomes. 

The community will have a pool with cabana and trail network connecting to the high school. It will be developed in three phases.

The PUD allows the developer to offer 72-foot-wide home sites as the market dictates. Tall Castle Homes currently builds executive-style homes under its own brand and offers traditional production homes under the Banyan Homes brand.

The property is still owned by Thom LeHeup, who operated a general aviation airfield there until the 1980s and led a failed effort to win federal funding to expand the facility into a second county airport.  

Connolly & Wicker is the project engineer.

Maciel has two developments working in his home town of Winter Garden, including a 30,000-square-foot mixed-use building near the city's splash fountain. The three-story brick building at 252 Plant St. was designed in the period style to blend seamlessly with the downtown historic district. 

Gardenia Plaza is being designed for a medium box retail store with various retail/restaurant pads along W. Colonial Drive, Maciel told GrowthSpotter last year.

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