UPDATED: AUGUST 18, 11 A.M. — Kissimmee-based JTD Land Co. is moving forward this year with plans for a 246-lot subdivision near the intersection of Westside Boulevard and Goodman Road.
JTD Land Co., which currently has active residential projects in Kissimmee and Ocoee, was created by James Davis and Craig Harris, president and business manager of Kissimmee-based road contractor Jr. Davis Construction. The affiliate paid $5.55 million in July for the 72-acre tract known as "Parcel H" of the former Westside DRI. The site is already entitled for 246 50-foot wide single family home lots.
Company officials declined to comment Wednesday on the project.
An approved site plan shows the project being constructed in two phases with road connections to the south and east. The adjacent parcel, known as "Parcel L" at the southwest corner of the intersection, is approved for 588 townhomes or timeshare units.
Osceola County could designate a huge swath of land in the Four Corners area near ChampionsGate line as a tourism corridor, allowing for higher density development and more vacation rentals and hotels.
The Westside corridor has become a hotbed for the county's booming vacation home industry. Pulte Group's Windsor on Westside is located at the southeast quadrant of the intersection, and Mattamy Homes USA will launch its first vacation home resort -- Solara at Westside -- immediately south of the JTD parcel.
Bahama Bay Resort, located just across Florence Villa Grove Road, announced plans last year to add a hotel, 5-acre Crystal Lagoon and 234 new condos.
Mattamy paid $13.2 million this summer for the 241 acres spanning both sides of Westside Boulevard that is already approved for 907 single family homes and townhomes. Construction on Phase 1 is expected to start before the end of the year.
Osceola County has amended its Comprehensive Plan to change the future land use of the corridor from Mixed-Use to Tourist Commercial, a designation that allows higher density, short-term rentals and timeshares.
The Comp Plan amendment wouldn't prevent a developer from building primary residential uses in the Tourist Commercial district, and the county already has a K-8 school at the northeast corner of Westside and Goodman.
Editors Note: This story has been updated with the correct number of lots.