Tavistock Development Company has filed initial plans for a nature-themed “experiential” sales and welcome center at the entrance to its master-planned Sunbridge community in northeast Osceola County.
“We’re calling it Base Camp, " Vice President Jessi Blakley said of the 31-acre site on Cyrils Drive, directly across from Del Webb at Sunbridge.
The developer has successfully used the centralized welcome center concept at Lake Nona, where it provides information about neighborhoods, builders and amenities in the community. Blakley said the Sunbridge base camp would a hub of activity.
“Sunbridge is going to be this incredible place that connects people with nature and offers unprecedented access to the Florida beauty that exists in our community,” she said. “The center will showcase that in the early phase of a master planned community that will take decades to build out.”
The site is just west of the first residential neighborhood in the community, which has been approved for 565 homes. Tavistock has filed a Site Development Plan for the first 101 homes and townhomes and expects to release the names of participating homebuilders before the end of the year.
Blakley has described the first neighborhood as Laureate Park-ish, noting that it repeats the basic template of the popular Lake Nona neighborhood by mixing lot sizes and housing types, and by incorporating trails and outdoor amenities.
While both communities emphasize wellness and outdoor activities, the base camp will help differentiate Sunbridge from Lake Nona. The property is divided into three phases, beginning with the temporary sales office. The surrounding acreage would be transformed into a park amenity with community gardens and a greenhouse complex.
“We want it to be experiential. Farming and gardening, and connecting with food in that manner is a piece of that, and it’s a big piece of how we’re approaching the development,” Blakley said.
The western half of the property, marked Phase 3 in the site plan, is reserved as a future multifamily site. “There’s a short-term and a long-term use for this property,” Blakley said. “The temporary information center is short-term. The long-term use is multifamily, but that’s years away.”
Blakley said trails would wind through the entire site, with a trail head at the Base Camp connecting it to the larger trail network linking it to the Del Webb community, the new neighborhood to the east and the future marina district south of Cyrils.
The 42-acre man-made lake and marina will be the centerpiece of the community. The lake is being built on a flooded portion of an existing canal. The Sunbridge concept plan calls for executive, lakefront housing that would provide boating access via the canal system to the 543-acre Lake Myrtle.
The Osceola portion of Sunbridge spans more than 19,000 acres, and its first phase is entitled for 4,834 residential units, 380,000 square feet of commercial space and 2 million square feet of office uses. It includes two school sites, 450 hotel rooms and a major employment center. Development of the 5,000 acres in east Orange County are planned at a later date.
EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article stated that Sunbridge would include boating access to the Alligator Chain of Lakes. We regret the error.