Tavistock Development Company marked a major milestone in its 24,000-acre Sunbridge master-planned community by filing the subdivision plans for its first residential neighborhood that will be reminiscent of its wildly popular Laureate Park community in Lake Nona.
Tavistock Spokeswoman Jessi Blakley said the company is already putting infrastructure in the ground and hopes to start new home construction by the end of the year or in early 2021.
“The project is full steam ahead. We’re very excited,” she told GrowthSpotter. She described the 575-home neighborhood as “Laureate Park-ish.”
And no, they don’t have name yet. “These plans get filed well before we’ve got a lot of things defined. In a perfect world, we’ve have a name for the community, but we have yet to name it. So for now it’s just Neighborhood C,” Blakley said.
The plan covers a 206.6-acre area on the north side of Cyrils Drive, just east of the future Osceola Parkway interchange and the gated Del Webb at Sunbridge community, which opened in March.
The plan provides 124 townhomes and 451 detached single family homesites. The neighborhood will be constructed in three phases, beginning with 100 dwelling units in Phase 1. The townhomes will be built in Phases 1 and 2.
The detached homes will be offered on four lot sizes all with 120 feet of depth. All of the 34-foot and 45-foot lots are rear alley-loaded, while the rest are 50- and 60-foot wide front-loaded lots.
“A lot of those back up to wetlands, so you have beautiful nature all around you,” Blakley said.
Tavistock provided streetscape concepts to show how the homes would look with both rear and front loaded detached homes. “As you can imagine, these are the idyllic. They give a good sense of the aesthetic and the look and feel that we’re going for," Blakley said.
Tavistock expects to announce a lineup of builders within the next few months.
The plan calls for 9.4 acres of parks within the neighborhood but no amenity center. Blakley said one could be added later in the approval process. The parks would have playgrounds and fitness equipment incorporated throughout, as well as large gathering spaces.
A 12-foot trail will run along the east side of Rummel Road, the main North-South connector road, and it will link to a network of 10-foot wide trails that run along the neighborhood streets.
“They are significantly larger than most of what you see in our other neighborhoods in Lake Nona,” Blakley said.
Blakley said the trails are key to providing pedestrian connectivity throughout the neighborhood and to the future K-8 school across the street and the marina district to the south. Blakley said sitework is already underway on the marina district.
The 42-acre man-made lake and marina is 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 Lake Myrtle.
“I don’t have that timeline up in front of me, but I can tell you that there’s a lot of things that are working in parallel, and I know there’s work right now out there on the district,” Blakley said. “It’s going to be beautiful.”
The 4.8-acre tract at the southeast corner of the neighborhood, backs up to the canal, is slated for future development. It’s entitled for 43 units, but Tavistock elected to withhold it from the initial subdivision plan.
“I think you’ll see more residential there, given the size of the property, probably multi family would be my guess,” Blakley said.
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.
The company also filed a Site Development Plan for the water treatment plant it will build to serve the community and deed to Toho Water Authority. The new Sunbridge plant will be designed to accommodate future expansions, with the ultimate capacity to extract, treat and store 7 million gallons per day.
The utilities were initially slated to be built on land adjacent to the Split Oak Forest, but in 2018 Tavistock agreed to relocate them in a deal with Osceola County Commissioners and environmental groups in exchange for support of the Osceola Parkway toll road extension. At the time, the developer was looking to launch sales in 2019, so the decision pushed the construction timeline back about two years.