Winter Park developer Carson Good has filed construction plans for a new cottage-style horizontal apartment community near Kissimmee.
The rental community will rise on nearly 42 acres in the Fish Lake Planned Development, which is south of Partin Settlement Road and stretches from Cross Prairie Parkway to U.S. 192.
“We’re going to build over 300 cottages,” Good said. “They will be cottage-style apartments. It’s a bit higher-end than your typical garden-style apartment.”
Good is President of Good Capital Group and chairs the Greater Orlando Airport Authority. He told GrowthSpotter his son, John, is spearheading this project, which will include a mix of attached and detached homes. The firm has had the property under contract for about a year.
“We’re just starting our architecture now,” he said. The one-bedroom units will be attached duplexes. The rest will be a mix of one- and two-story detached cottages.” Some units will be carriage-house style with garages, but most will utilize surface parking or detached garages.
Boyd Civil Engineering submitted construction plans this month to the South Florida Water Management District, identifying the project as “Amavi Fish Lake.” Amavi is the trademarked brand for Mill Creek Residential’s build-to-rent product line, but Good told GrowthSpotter Mill Creek consulted early on but is not officially attached to the project.
“We’re going to develop it ourselves,” he said. “We have not chosen a manager yet, but it will be a national brand.”
The crescent-shaped parcel wraps around the perimeter of the existing Cobblestone Apartments and stretches all the way to Fish Lake.
“We will definitely have a lakefront park,” Good said. The PD allows for a boat dock on Fish Lake, but it’s not shown on the plan yet. John Adams with Rj Whidden & Associates told county planners the project may include a launch for canoes and paddle boards but not for motorized boating.
This is Good’s first venture in the horizontal apartment space, but he’s very familiar with the Fish Lake PD. He was the developer who brought AdventHealth to the project for its Partin Settlement medical campus and ER. The Osceola Board of County Commissioners approved a PD amendment in March that changed the use on the site from a mix of single-family homes and townhomes to medium-density residential.
“This is the fifth time I’ve amended the PD,” Good said. “We’ll be submitting engineered site plans to the county soon, and we hope to start construction in the first quarter of 2023.”
The Fish Lake PD still has entitlements for 590 multifamily units and 54 single-family homes on Parcels 2A, 2B and 2C. along Aeronautical Drive.
This would be fourth cottage-style build-to-rent community in Osceola County. Mill Creek is planning an Amavi-branded community on Clay Whaley Road, next to the Crossprairie master-planned community. The 246-unit community will feature all attached product, according to the approved Concept Plan.
Landmark Properties will build a 208-unit cottage community at Narcoossee and Jack Brack Roads, and Phoenix-based Curve Development will build one of its signature Cyrene-branded communities in Harmony. The Curve plan calls for a gated community with a mix of one-story and two-story townhomes with either three or four bedrooms. Each unit would have its own garage and driveway.