When Taylor Morrison Homes acquired AV Homes in 2018, one of the first things it did was put virtually all of the rival’s undeveloped assets in Poinciana on the market.
That included Solivita Grand, the 2,549-acre Planned Development west of the Poinciana Parkway toll road that straddles the Osceola-Polk county line. But instead of selling the project, Taylor Morrison opted to build its own multi-generational master-planned community starting in 2022, which will include one of the company’s Esplanade branded active adult, resort-style communities.
“We had significant interest from multiple suitors,” Orlando Division President Brian Brunhofer said. “However, after looking at the land opportunity within the context of our Divisional growth plans, we are excited to bring this community to market as a Taylor Morrison community.” The project has been renamed Westview, giving a separate identity from Solivita, the AV Homes retirement community.
“We have seen continued strength in the Poinciana area through consistent performance in our existing communities of Solivita, Bellalago and Stepping Stone,” Brunhofer said. Buyer interest for the Poinciana-area commercial properties is also strong, he said.
Earlier this year, Taylor Morrison won approval from Osceola County for a major revision to the PD that now divides the acreage into five pods, A through E. Last month, the homebuilder submitted its first set of Preliminary Subdivision Plans for Pods A and B.
Brunhofer said the plan is to develop them concurrently with the goal of launching sales in the fourth quarter of 2022. He didn’t rule out partnering with other homebuilders, but none have been identified for these pods.
The homebuilder is now seeking a PD amendment from Polk County for Pod A, which extends from Cypress Avenue north to the Osceola County line. THM wants to convert the approved uses from single-family residential, apartments and big-box retail and replace it with 616 townhomes. The master plan creates a 6.9-acre commercial lot fronting on Cypress, across from Solivita, with entitlements for a restaurant and convenience store with 12 fuel pumps.
The project would have 258 16-foot townhomes with no garage and 358 20-foot townhomes with a one-car garage. Three onsite amenities will be provided for the project, totaling 3.8 acres. Those include passive park space, a pool and cabana and a dog park. In addition to the recreation provided by the project, the western 36 acres of wetland areas will be preserved as passive open space.
Residents in the townhomes also will have access to all of the parks and recreational facilities in Westview, including the primary amenity located in Pod B. Brunhofer said the amenity package is still being determined, but the submitted plans show a 16-acre community recreation facility that will include a resort pool and separate lap, a 33,000-square-foot clubhouse, four tennis courts, two basketball courts, two soccer fields two baseball/ softball fields and a pet park. Additionally, the Westview will have trailhead connections to the 8,000-acre Lake Marion Creek nature preserve located ¾ of a mile west of the project.
Pod B covers 802 acres and four distinct neighborhoods. The Preliminary Subdivision Plan submitted by Taylor Morrison is a departure from the vision described earlier this year when the builder amended the PD zoning. Both plans include a 10.5-acre commercial lot on Koa Street next to the community park, but the approved PD stated that Pod B was to include two multifamily communities along the spine road totaling 669 units and 1,357 single-family homes. Instead, the builder is seeking approvals for 1,844 single-family homes. Only one housing product type is identified front-loaded home lots.
Brunhofer told GrowthSpotter the developer used the conversion matrix permitted in the ordinance to replace the multifamily units with more single-family homes. “The Pod B PSP reflects Taylor Morrison’s plans based on the current market demands,” he said.
The Esplanade at Westview neighborhood is a gated community with 603 lots. The homesites come in three sizes, 45 feet, 52 feet and 62 feet. This would be the builder’s second Esplanade community in Greater Orlando. Clermont’s Esplanade at Highland Ranch, where home prices start in the low $300,000s, will be releasing a new phase later this year.
Esplanade at Westview would have its own 16,410-square-foot clubhouse and resort pool with a fire pit, lawn and bocce courts. The neighborhood also would have five tennis courts and eight pickleball courts.
Even though different product types — townhomes and attached villas — are shown in future phases, Osceola County planners have asked the developer to revise the Pod B PSP to add more variety and product types. The county’s subdivision standards require a minimum of three housing product types for new communities with over 100 lots.