Polk County Developments

  • McCraney leases 207,000+ SF in Polk County industrial park to UPS

    McCraney leases 207,000+ SF in Polk County industrial park to UPS

    UPS has contracted to become the sole tenant at 27 Logistics Park, a McCraney Property Co. building on U.S. 27 near I-4 in eastern Polk County. A global leader in logistics and transporting packages and freight, UPS will lease the 207,676-square-foot, spec Class A warehouse on 12.67 acres fronting...

  • Elevation Development makes foray into Polk County with mixed-use on U.S. 27

    Elevation Development makes foray into Polk County with mixed-use on U.S. 27

    Orlando-based Elevation Development is submitting plans for a 42.42-acre, mixed-used development about a mile south of Posner Park mall on busy U.S. 27. Elevation principal Owais Khanani told GrowthSpotter the development, dubbed Shoppes at Citrus Ridge, will have 75,000 square feet of retail along...

  • Counties vow to coordinate planning across lines at Four Corners Summit

    Counties vow to coordinate planning across lines at Four Corners Summit

    County officials pledged to work together in the next year to develop an overlay district to regulate land use and development throughout the Four Corners area Wednesday during the 2018 Four Corners Area Council One Vision Summit. The Kissimmee Area Chamber of Commerce engaged Thomas Kohler, a...

  • City approves rezoning for 457-home subdivision on Davenport Blvd.

    City approves rezoning for 457-home subdivision on Davenport Blvd.

    The City of Davenport is rezoning 119.5 acres of citrus groves right on U.S. 17-92 for a new 457-lot subdivision. The acreage consists of 11 parcels on the south side of Davenport Boulevard and west of the CSX train tracks. City Planner Raymond Perez told GrowthSpotter the boulevard between U.S....

  • Clearwater developer planning new Four Corners subdivision

    Clearwater developer planning new Four Corners subdivision

    Clearwater-based CG Land Development Company is planning to add another 188 homesites to Polk County's booming U.S. 27 corridor in the Four Corners submarket. The land developer has filed a residential site plan for the 73-acre site, which is southwest of the intersection of U.S. 27 and Four Corners...

  • Davenport Council approves new 182-lot subdivision on U.S. 27 corridor

    Davenport Council approves new 182-lot subdivision on U.S. 27 corridor

    The Davenport City Council last week approved the preliminary plat for a new 182-lot subdivision just east of the U.S. 27 corridor. Located on Forest Lakes Drive, next door to Horizons Elementary School, the neighborhood has been dubbed "Citrus Crossing." It consists of a nearly 43-acre assemblage...

  • Haines City approves townhomes in new 28-acre mixed-use community

    Haines City approves townhomes in new 28-acre mixed-use community

    Haines City has approved plans for a 182-unit townhouse community  on the rapidly growing C.R. 544 corridor east of Little Lake Hamilton. "A lot of the development we're seeing in Haines City is single family," Deputy Director of Development Mark Bennett said. "This is a great project because it's...

  • Seefried planning 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center near FL Polytechnic

    Seefried planning 1.1-million-square-foot distribution center near FL Polytechnic

    Atlanta-based Seefried Industrial Properties is hoping for a better outcome in its third effort to build a logistics center in Polk County. Last year, Polk Commissioners rejected a proposal by Seefried to build a business park on the east side of U.S. 27 at Ronald Reagan Parkway with 1.4 million...

  • Lennar introducing new home designs in first Polk solar community

    Lennar introducing new home designs in first Polk solar community

    Lennar Homes is introducing an affordable, energy-efficient product line starting in the low $200,000s in two new subdivisions in Haines City on the U.S. 27 corridor. North Ridge Estates will be Lennar's first all-solar community in Polk, and the first to feature its "American Dream Series," Orlando...

  • Veteran Polk developer prepping Winter Haven multifamily site for sale

    Veteran Polk developer prepping Winter Haven multifamily site for sale

    Longtime Lakeland real estate developer and homebuilder Larry Glenn Sr. is prepping to sell 19 acres in Winter Haven he bought and sat on for nearly 20 years. Glenn told GrowthSpotter Coldwell Banker Commercial's Gary Ralston will list the site on Spirit Lake Road and will target apartment developers....

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  • Legoland Florida to add new 150-room hotel tower at theme park

    Legoland Florida to add new 150-room hotel tower at theme park

    Legoland has followed through on plans first reported here a year ago to expand its hotel offerings at the Winter Haven theme park. Parent company Merlin Entertainments Group filed a site plan and construction documents on Aug. 16 with the city and Southwest Florida Water Management District for...

  • Marijuana dispensary eyes former bank building on Cypress Gardens Boulevard

    Marijuana dispensary eyes former bank building on Cypress Gardens Boulevard

    A leading medical marijuana retailer is eyeing a former Wells Fargo branch on Winter Haven's Cypress Gardens Boulevard for the city's first dispensary. Surterra Wellness has signed a non-binding LOI to lease the vacant building for 10 years, and company officials met Thursday morning with Polk...

  • Polk developers buy Haines City land approved for 367-lot subdivision

    Polk developers buy Haines City land approved for 367-lot subdivision

    A Polk County developer paid $1.2 million last week for nearly 90 acres of timberland on Haines City's Scenic Highway that has city approval for a 367-lot subdivision. Cassidy Organization, a Winter Haven-based land developer, won approval June 21 to rezone the property just east of Little Lake...

  • Atlanta-based developer pays $3.3M for former Lakeland drag strip land

    Atlanta-based developer pays $3.3M for former Lakeland drag strip land

    Local real estate broker and blueberry farmer Randy Knapp has brought in an Atlanta-based development firm to partner on a new 700,000-square-foot distribution warehouse in the heart of Lakeland's logistics hub. Ackerman & Co. is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and development company...

  • First Watch to open new Winter Haven eatery on Cypress Gardens Boulevard

    First Watch to open new Winter Haven eatery on Cypress Gardens Boulevard

    Florida-based First Watch, a restaurant chain that serves breakfast, brunch and lunch, will continue a Central Florida expansion with its first location in Winter Haven.  "From Lakeland to Orlando, within the last year, First Watch has doubled our footprint," spokeswoman Eleni Kouvatsos told GrowthSpotter. ...

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  • Watermark under contract for multifamily site across from Reunion Village

    Watermark under contract for multifamily site across from Reunion Village

    Indiana-based Watermark Residential has a contract to buy 16.4 acres in the Blackwater Crossing mixed-use development, directly across from the new Orlando Health site at the future Reunion Village. Land use attorney Joe Ort leads the investment group that bought the Blackwater site in late 2017....

  • Eastwind Development eyes Four Corners site for new apartment complex

    Eastwind Development eyes Four Corners site for new apartment complex

    Eastwind Development has filed conceptual plans with Polk County for a 300-unit apartment complex on U.S. 27 in Davenport, its first local venture outside of the Kissimmee Tupperware submarket. The Palm Beach Gardens-based developer, along with partner Index Investment Group, has built and sold...

  • Lower-density changes OK'd for Tierra Del Sol vacation home resort

    Lower-density changes OK'd for Tierra Del Sol vacation home resort

    The new owner of a stalled Four Corners resort community has the blessing of Polk County's staff and Planning Commission to re-launch the townhome project with mix of housing types and lower density. Tierra Del Sol, on the Osceola-Polk border, was originally approved in 2008 for 1,821 resort-style...

  • Polk developer seeks mixed-use rezoning for Winter Haven site on U.S. 27 corridor

    Polk developer seeks mixed-use rezoning for Winter Haven site on U.S. 27 corridor

    A Polk County physician and development partner have applied to Winter Haven for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to allow commercial uses and up to 500 apartments on vacant land near the intersection of U.S. 27 and Cypress Gardens Boulevard. Planning Director Eric Labbe said the new PUD would...

  • Intram Investments buys 160 acres of Davenport industrial land

    Intram Investments buys 160 acres of Davenport industrial land

    Orlando-based Intram Investments paid $400,000 for 160 acres in Davenport on Friday with a half-mile of frontage on Interstate 4. The property lies just outside the Four Corners Business Park, at the end of Home Run Boulevard and bordering on the Green Swamp. Intram paid cash for the vacant land,...

  • Polk developers want to downzone Winter Haven MF site for new subdivision

    Polk developers want to downzone Winter Haven MF site for new subdivision

    A Winter Haven real estate developer with deep ties to the citrus industry wants to downzone a site on Eagle Lake Loop Road to build a 205-lot subdivision. The 53-acre orange grove was approved in 2010 as a Planned Unit Development with entitlements for up to 540 multifamily units.  SDD Development...

  • Developer revising Davenport mixed-use project to add density, apartment rentals

    Developer revising Davenport mixed-use project to add density, apartment rentals

    Lake Wales physician and real estate developer Hasan Mousli is tweaking his Champion Center mixed-use project on Davenport Boulevard to increase density, swapping some townhomes for rental apartments. The 14-acre project just east of Holly Hill Road was initially approved in 2016 for 106 townhomes...

  • BTI Partners secures $12 million loan, now looking for more Central FL land

    BTI Partners secures $12 million loan, now looking for more Central FL land

    Fort Lauderdale-based BTI Partners is shopping for more land in the region to grow its Orlando-area portfolio. The investment and real estate development firm, which already has multiple assets in the Orlando market, obtained a $12 million loan on June 28 from Florida Community Bank.  "We are actively...

  • Polk Planning Commission rejects future golf resort on shore of Lake Kissimmee

    Polk Planning Commission rejects future golf resort on shore of Lake Kissimmee

    Polk County's Planning Commission voted 4-3 this week to recommend denial of a land use amendment that was considered the first step for developing the proposed Lost Oak golf resort on the south shore of Lake Kissimmee.  The prospective buyer and developer was seeking a 300-acre expansion of the...

  • Park Square redesigns new Davenport subdivision Madera Park

    Park Square redesigns new Davenport subdivision Madera Park

    Park Square Homes is prepping its fourth new subdivision in the Davenport/Four Corners area. The Orlando-based homebuilder has filed a new residential site plan with Polk County's Development Review Committee for Madera Park, a 127-lot community on Florence Villa Grove Road at the Polk-Osceola...

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  • New developer wants to capitalize on buyer interest for Four Corners Town Center

    New developer wants to capitalize on buyer interest for Four Corners Town Center

    A new developer and owner of a key commercial site on U.S. 27 in Polk County is banking on renewed interest in the Four Corners Town Center to lure a national flag hotel and retailers to his site. Granite Davenport LLC, an affiliate of New York hotelier Harry Gross, closed on the 17-acre site at...

  • As U.S. 27 corridor builds out, distribution warehouse projects move west in Polk

    As U.S. 27 corridor builds out, distribution warehouse projects move west in Polk

    Polk County is on the verge of landing another 2.24 million square feet of new distribution warehouse space, but it isn't coming to the U.S. 27 corridor. As that distribution hub reaches full buildout, industry leaders have turned their sights west on the Interstate 4 corridor to Auburndale. This...

  • New hotels and multifamily coming to Winter Haven's Legoland corridor

    New hotels and multifamily coming to Winter Haven's Legoland corridor

    Multifamily developer Investors Realty is teaming up with South Florida hotelier Hardial Sibia to develop a 17-acre site in Winter Haven's Legoland corridor. Sibia's Dasmesh LLC bought the land at the northwest corner of Cypress Gardens Boulevard and Cypress Gardens Road in 2015. The property is...

  • Merlin Entertainments files plans for new Legoland rides slated for 2019

    Merlin Entertainments files plans for new Legoland rides slated for 2019

    Just days after opening its new Virtual Reality "Great Lego Race" coaster, Merlin Entertainments has filed plans for two new rides in the theme park. Merlin North America Project Director Keith Carr confirmed the new project for GrowthSpotter -- codenamed "Project TTKA," saying that Legoland Resort...

  • New retail strip planned for key corner on U.S. 27 in Davenport

    New retail strip planned for key corner on U.S. 27 in Davenport

    Miami-based Spider Group Corp. is planning a 9,000-square-foot retail strip center in the heart of the U.S. 27 distribution corridor. The company paid $1 million in 2017 for the 1.8-acre parcel at the southeast corner of U.S. 27 and Dunson Road, next to Cracker Barrel. It's a signalized intersection...

  • Pulte planning 550-lot subdivision in hot Four Corners market

    Pulte planning 550-lot subdivision in hot Four Corners market

    Pulte Homes is eyeing 151 acres on Sand Mine Road in Davenport for a new 550-lot subdivision. Chris Cleary, director of land acquisition for Pulte, has applied for a Level 1 review with Polk County's Development Review Committee later this month for the project. He indicated the community would...

  • Miami investor seeks rezoning to expand Winter Haven apartments

    Miami investor seeks rezoning to expand Winter Haven apartments

    Westside Capital Group has applied to rezone a vacant 3.7-acre parcel on Winter Haven's South Lake Howard Drive for high-density residential in order to expand the apartment community next door. The London-based firm's Miami office purchased the 23-year-old apartment building, Westside Lakeshore...

  • Golf course developer files concept plan for new Lost Oak Resort on Polk lakefront

    Golf course developer files concept plan for new Lost Oak Resort on Polk lakefront

    A new 2,909-acre golf resort in Polk County would offer three unique courses, including one that winds through a massive oak hammock and another along the shore of Lake Kissimmee, according to consultants for the proposed buyer and developer. The property just off S.R. 60 is owned by The Feil Organization...

  • Orlando developer plans transit-friendly, mixed-use development in Winter Haven

    Orlando developer plans transit-friendly, mixed-use development in Winter Haven

    Orlando-based IDN Investment Group wants to convert the former Polk Nurseries site near Winter Haven into an infill, mixed-use development to provide affordable housing for seniors and working families. IDN was founded by Stella Lalanne, a Coldwell Banker Commercial senior investment adviser specializing...

  • Tampa homebuilder to resurrect defunct Four Corners vacation home community

    Tampa homebuilder to resurrect defunct Four Corners vacation home community

    Tampa-based Bering Homes is looking to breathe new life into the former Tierra Del Sol Resort, a Four Corners-area vacation home community that stalled after the original developer went bankrupt. Bering President Chad O'Brien has applied for a major modification to the 10-year-old Planned Development...

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  • Park Square's Gupta ready to break ground on ChampionsGate-area hotel

    Park Square's Gupta ready to break ground on ChampionsGate-area hotel

    A development group led by Park Square Homes CEO Suresh Gupta should break ground soon on a new $11 million WoodSpring Suites extended-stay hotel in the Four Corners area. The 106-key, all-suite hotel is the second phase of Gupta's Champions Plaza project, a 38-acre town center at the southeast...

  • Lake Wales truck stop owner to build motel, truck wash on S.R. 60

    Lake Wales truck stop owner to build motel, truck wash on S.R. 60

    A rural stretch of S.R. 60 in Lake Wales might seem like an odd location for a new motel, but fuel station owner Pratik Patel said it's the perfect site to capture two specific customer demographics: truck drivers and hunters/fisherman who flock to the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes area. Patel opened...

  • Osceola hopes to fix bugs in new online permitting site this week

    Osceola hopes to fix bugs in new online permitting site this week

    When it's fully operational, Osceola County's new $2.1 million Accela online permitting software should make life more simple for developers, builders, inspectors and others who use the site to track development.  But last week's rollout has been described as "disastrous," and compared to the maiden...

  • NY investment firm planning huge new golf resort on Lake Kissimmee in Polk

    NY investment firm planning huge new golf resort on Lake Kissimmee in Polk

    A New York investment firm that acquired more than 2,900 acres in rural Polk County during the real estate crash is planning a huge new golf resort, according to documents filed with the county. Toronto-based golf course consultant Alan Chudnovsky (aka Alan Chud) and engineers from Kimley-Horn...

  • Winter Haven bank to downsize, redevelop site with multi-tenant retail center

    Winter Haven bank to downsize, redevelop site with multi-tenant retail center

    SunTrust Bank wants to raze its 30-year-old bank building on Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven and redevelop the site with a multi-tenant retail center. SunTrust is seeking a Planned Unit Development for the 2-acre site, which also includes a remote parking lot. The existing 26,300-square-foot...

  • New 400K SF warehouse planned next to Walmart fulfillment center in Davenport

    New 400K SF warehouse planned next to Walmart fulfillment center in Davenport

    Majestic Realty Co., which developed the dual Walmart fulfillment centers in Davenport, is seeking permits for a new 400,000-square-foot distribution warehouse next door.  Majestic's Atlanta regional office filed subdivision plans this month with Polk County and preliminary construction plans with...

  • Intram Investments lines up big box retailers for Posner Village on U.S. 27

    Intram Investments lines up big box retailers for Posner Village on U.S. 27

    Intram Investments appears to have lined up a slate of national tenants for more than 100,000 square feet of inline commercial space in its latest site plan for Posner Village. Intram Vice President Randy Hodge told GrowthSpotter the firm is wrapping up lease documents with its anchor tenants....

  • AV Homes first in Central FL to use virtual reality as sales tool

    AV Homes first in Central FL to use virtual reality as sales tool

    AV Homes is introducing a new tech solution to solve an old problem in real estate. As the homebuilder redesigns its entire product line, it will be months before models will be ready to show buyers the new, contemporary floorplans.  And when two or three model homes are built in a new community,...

  • Park Square Homes launching three new communities on U.S. 27 corridor

    Park Square Homes launching three new communities on U.S. 27 corridor

    Park Square Homes will launch a trio of new subdivisions on Polk County's U.S. 27 corridor this year, all designed to appeal to first-time homebuyers. CEO Suresh Gupta told GrowthSpotter the builder is almost sold out at Carlisle Grand, a 158-home community on Holly Hill Fruit Road that launched...

  • Crystal Homes launching new townhome resort, apartments near Reunion

    Crystal Homes launching new townhome resort, apartments near Reunion

    Orlando-based Crystal Homes is bringing more luxury vacation townhomes and apartments to the booming ChampionsGate-Reunion submarket.  President Constantinos Zavos told GrowthSpotter that horizontal construction is now underway for Crystal Ridge, a 126-unit townhouse resort community on C.R. 532...

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  • Polk Commissioners reject plan to build warehouses on Four Corners mall site

    Polk Commissioners reject plan to build warehouses on Four Corners mall site

    Polk County Commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday to defend a "line in the sand" along U.S. 27 in Davenport that prohibits distribution warehouses on the east side of the highway. Seefried Industrial Properties was seeking to add 1.4 million square feet of distribution warehouse space on a Four Corners...

  • Local investment group scoops up 46 acres at ChampionsGate interchange

    Local investment group scoops up 46 acres at ChampionsGate interchange

    Real estate attorney Joe Ort leads a group of investors who paid $2.73 million in late November for 46 acres in the heart of the ChampionsGate-Reunion submarket, just southeast of the Interstate 4 interchange. "We think it's in a good location, and we're looking at a lot of different options,"...

  • Mainstay Healthcare plans new assisted living facility in Winter Haven

    Mainstay Healthcare plans new assisted living facility in Winter Haven

    Lakeland-based Mainstay Healthcare wants to expand its portfolio of assisted living facilities (ALF) by redeveloping the site of a motel and mobile home park in Winter Haven. The healthcare company is led by Mainstay Financial principal Louis F. Garrard, and specializes in in the affordable housing...

  • AV Homes scraps Solivita condos and townhomes for more single-family

    AV Homes scraps Solivita condos and townhomes for more single-family

    AV Homes is scrapping plans to build condos and townhomes at Solivita, Florida's fourth largest retirement community.  The Arizona-based developer has applied for a major modification to its Planned Development for the community's fifth and final phase. Polk County's Development Review Committee...

  • Indiana-based developer plans market entry with 'Big House' apts near Reunion

    Indiana-based developer plans market entry with 'Big House' apts near Reunion

    An Indiana-based multifamily developer has filed preliminary plans for a $40 million luxury apartment complex in the heart of the ChampionsGate/Reunion submarket. Representatives with The Garrett Companies met last week with Polk County's Development Review Committee for a Level 1 pre-application...

  • Celebration couple to open 56-acre 'glamping' resort on U.S. 17-92 in Polk

    Celebration couple to open 56-acre 'glamping' resort on U.S. 17-92 in Polk

    After getting a great deal on 56 acres of woodland property right on U.S. 17-92 in Polk County, Joe and Christina Ganley are banking on the growing demand for ecotourism to open Campfire Resort. The resort is planned to include up to 200 fully amenitized RV lots, cabins, tree houses, "glamping"...

  • Brazilian developer plans flex warehouse on US 17-92 in Polk

    Brazilian developer plans flex warehouse on US 17-92 in Polk

    A Brazilian developer is planning to build 108,000 square feet of flex office/warehouse space on U.S. 17-92 in Polk County.   Haroldo de Barros purchased the 12-acre acre parcel five years ago under his U.S. affiliate Danpol Development. He wants to develop the business park in two phases, with...

  • RIDA to build 'hotel quality' apartment complex in ChampionsGate

    RIDA to build 'hotel quality' apartment complex in ChampionsGate

    RIDA Development Corp. is prepping for construction in early 2018 on a $50 million apartment complex in ChampionsGate.  Senior Vice President Marc Reicher told GrowthSpotter the company is leveraging its experience as a premier hotel developer to deliver a multifamily product with luxurious finishes...

  • Seefried clears first hurdle for new 1.5M SF warehouse on U.S. 27 in Polk

    Seefried clears first hurdle for new 1.5M SF warehouse on U.S. 27 in Polk

    Polk County Commissioners voted 3-2 late Tuesday in support of a plan by Seefried Industrial Properties to add 1.5 million square feet of distribution warehouse space on a U.S. 27 site currently slated to be a regional shopping center.  This was the first of two public hearings and votes by the...

  • Polk Planning Commission overrules staff on new Four Corners industrial park

    Polk Planning Commission overrules staff on new Four Corners industrial park

    Polk County's Planning Commission voted Wednesday to overrule county staff and recommend approving a plan by Seefried Industrial Properties to add 1.5 million square feet of distribution warehouse space on a U.S. 27 site previously slated for a regional shopping center.  The Four Corners Town Center,...

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  • New Aldi Food Market planned for Four Corners near Reunion Resort

    New Aldi Food Market planned for Four Corners near Reunion Resort

    South Florida-based developer The Ferber Company has Aldi Food Market under contract as the prospective grocery-anchor for its County Line Commons shopping center across from Reunion Resort. The Polk County Development Review Committee is scheduled to vote later this month on a new site plan for...

  • Haines City approves 349-home gated community on Little Lake Hamilton

    Haines City approves 349-home gated community on Little Lake Hamilton

    Haines City Commissioners this month approved a modified Planned Unit Development (PUD) and preliminary plat for a 349-home subdivision on Little Lake Hamilton. Marsan Real Estate Group is the developer for the gated community that stretches from Scenic Highway to U.S. 27. Owner Jean Marsan was...

  • Polk DRC rejects Seefried request to add 1.5M SF of industrial on U.S. 27

    Polk DRC rejects Seefried request to add 1.5M SF of industrial on U.S. 27

    Polk County's Development Review Committee has rejected a plan by Seefried Industrial Properties to add 1.5 million square feet of distribution warehouse space on a U.S. 27 site that's currently slated to be a regional shopping center.  The county has a Special Area Plan (SAP) in Four Corners that...

  • Webb's Realty plans more office, retail near historic Haines City candy store

    Webb's Realty plans more office, retail near historic Haines City candy store

    Webb's Realty is seeking to rezone a portion of its nearly 40-acre block on U.S. 27 in Haines City to position it for future development. The Webb family has owned the historic Webb's Candy Shop since the 1940s. R.J. Webb said his grandfather moved the business from downtown Davenport to its current...

  • Aldi plans for new store in Lake Wales across from Eagle Ridge Mall

    Aldi plans for new store in Lake Wales across from Eagle Ridge Mall

    Fast-growing German discount grocer Aldi Food Market is planning a new store in Lake Wales at the southwest corner of U.S. 27 and Thompson Nursery Road. Aldi is seeking to modify the existing drainage permit with the Southwest Florida Water Management District for the corner parcel in the city's...

  • Feltrim Group expands nautical-themed residential project in Haines City

    Feltrim Group expands nautical-themed residential project in Haines City

    Davenport-based Feltrim Group is expanding its newest residential community: Tarpon Bay. Haines City Commissioners had approved rezoning in May for the 60-acre, nautical-themed community on Roe Road, GrowthSpotter reported May 24. The project is a block south of Haines City High School. Feltrim...

  • Owner wants to reboot condo project next to Bahama Bay with townhomes

    Owner wants to reboot condo project next to Bahama Bay with townhomes

    The owner of a partially built condo community next to Davenport's Bahama Bay Resort wants to reboot the community by switching from condos to townhomes. ICM Development Group founder Carlos Balzola acquired the 24-acre parcel in the Westside Planned Development (PD) in 2012, and brought in additional...

  • Pinellas-based developer planning retail center on Four Corners site

    Pinellas-based developer planning retail center on Four Corners site

    A Pinellas County-based developer has a purchase contract on a 13-acre corner parcel on U.S. 27 in Davenport zoned for a town center. Paradise Ventures is the nation's largest developer of Publix-anchored shopping centers, and has also developed nearly 100 Walgreen's stores in eight states. It's...

  • Legoland Florida plans two more hotels, new gated attraction on property

    Legoland Florida plans two more hotels, new gated attraction on property

    Legoland Florida's first two hotel ventures have been so successful, parent company Merlin Entertainments Group is planning to build at least two more hotels at the Winter Haven resort by 2024. "We want to expand accommodations," General Manager Adrian Jones told GrowthSpotter on Friday. "It’s...

  • Ferber plans new grocery-anchored retail center near Reunion Resort

    Ferber plans new grocery-anchored retail center near Reunion Resort

    A Jacksonville-based developer is in the early planning stages for a new grocery-anchored retail plaza on church-owned land just south of Reunion Resort. The Ferber Company met last week with Polk County planning staff prior to filing a subdivision permit for the 7-acre parcel at the southeast...

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  • Lake Wales' McGuire Kia planning new dealership across from Eagle Ridge Mall

    Lake Wales' McGuire Kia planning new dealership across from Eagle Ridge Mall

    Dyer Auto Group has filed plans for a pair of new car dealerships on U.S. 27 in Lake Wales, across from Eagle Ridge Mall. The Vero Beach-based dealer group bought the 19-acre parcel in January for $2.2 million and already has an approved Preliminary Site Plan from the city.  The plan identifies...

  • Plans filed for new subdivision next to Davenport's Providence golf community

    Plans filed for new subdivision next to Davenport's Providence golf community

    Local developer Prajesh Mohan has a purchase contract on roughly 80 acres on Davenport's Ronald Reagan Parkway next to the Providence golf community, and is in permitting for a 199-lot subdivision. The site, called Tivoli Reserve, was previously approved for a high-density townhouse project, but...

  • Winter Haven's Strang family to open new wedding venue on Lake Alfred estate

    Winter Haven's Strang family to open new wedding venue on Lake Alfred estate

    A prominent Winter Haven family is opening a new wedding venue and event space in their grandparents' historic Georgian-style mansion on Lake Alfred.  The owners are four siblings -- heirs of the late Carl Strang, Jr., a former mayor of Winter Haven, bank president and founder of the Six/Ten Company...

  • Seefried wants to add 1.5M square feet of industrial to Four Corners area

    Seefried wants to add 1.5M square feet of industrial to Four Corners area

    Owners of one of the largest undeveloped tracts on Polk County's U.S. 27 corridor want the county to allow a change in use to meet the insatiable demand for more warehouse distribution space. Albertson International filed a notice of proposed change to the Four Corners DRI as well as a Comprehensive...

  • Aldi seeking to expand Haines City distribution warehouse by 4.6 acres

    Aldi seeking to expand Haines City distribution warehouse by 4.6 acres

    Aldi Food Market is planning a major expansion of its Haines City distribution facility to serve its growing footprint in Central Florida. Matt Thon, Aldi Haines City Division vice president, told GrowthSpotter the expansion "will allow us to continue delivering the highest quality groceries that...

  • Nalcrest planning first major expansion of retirement community in east Polk

    Nalcrest planning first major expansion of retirement community in east Polk

    A Polk County community that was built in 1963 as low-cost housing for retired post office workers is planning for its first ever expansion. Nalcrest has applied to the county for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) for 41 acres of undeveloped property north of the 500-unit retiree village. The...

  • AV Homes close to sales launch for final phase of Solivita

    AV Homes close to sales launch for final phase of Solivita

    AV Homes opens sales this month for the fifth and final phase of its highly successful Solivita active adult community, and the homebuilder is prepping new home sites at an accelerated pace to keep up with demand. Bob Kanjian, director of sales for the Arizona-based developer, told GrowthSpotter...

  • Haines City Commission approves pair of new residential projects totaling 400+ lots

    Haines City Commission approves pair of new residential projects totaling 400+ lots

    Haines City Commissioners this month approved a pair of rezoning requests for new residential subdivisions that will add more than 400 new home lots to the city. The larger of the two projects is in development by Feltrim Group, the same firm that is in the second phase of Balmoral Resort and is...

  • Land owners prepping for new retail center across from Providence

    Land owners prepping for new retail center across from Providence

    The owners of 27 acres at a prime corner across from the Providence master-planned golf community in Four Corners is prepping for a grocery-anchored retail development. The Gotts family has owned the property at the southwest corner of Ronald Reagan Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail (U.S. 17-92)...

  • Four Corners Bus Tour highlights booming economy, challenges from rapid growth

    Four Corners Bus Tour highlights booming economy, challenges from rapid growth

    After taking a one-year hiatus, the Osceola Kissimmee Chamber's Four Corners Bus Tour led participants through a whirlwind of new developments on Wednesday in a rapidly growing submarket. "Today we're seeing things that we were only talking about two years ago on the last tour," Four Corners Area...

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  • Winter Haven to consider proposed 1,747-home, mixed-use community near U.S. 27

    Winter Haven to consider proposed 1,747-home, mixed-use community near U.S. 27

    Winter Haven officials are scheduled to vote this month on a proposed mixed-use development that could add more than 1,700 new homes near the intersection of U.S. 27 and Thompson Nursery Road. The city's Planning Commission has already recommended approval of the future land use and rezoning for...

  • KB Home launching new subdivisions in Groveland, Winter Haven

    KB Home launching new subdivisions in Groveland, Winter Haven

    KB Home has started construction and will open sales this summer on two new subdivisions in Groveland and Winter Haven.  Lake Lucerne in Winter Haven is a reactivated project that KB had purchased for $9 million in 2005. The 388-lot subdivision is divided into six develoment phases. Jim Reinert,...

  • Better Built Homes launching new townhouse project on U.S. 27

    Better Built Homes launching new townhouse project on U.S. 27

    Polk developer and homebuilder Jean Marsan has broken ground on a 40-unit townhouse development on the U.S. 27 corridor, just north of Heart of Florida Hospital. Marsan, owner of Marsan Realty and Better Built Homes, bought the 5-acre parcel on Holly Hill Grove Road in December for $182,000. The...

  • McCraney planning expansion at Park 27 Distribution Center in Four Corners

    McCraney planning expansion at Park 27 Distribution Center in Four Corners

    Just months after completing construction on 600,000 square feet of Class A spec industrial space at Park 27, McCraney Property Co. (MPC) has filed preliminary plans to build its fifth warehouse building in the Davenport industrial park.    MPC submitted a development plan with Southwest Florida...

  • Developer pitches new retirement community next to ChampionsGate

    Developer pitches new retirement community next to ChampionsGate

    Polk County developer Jean Marsan met with Osceola County planners Wednesday morning to get feedback on his proposal for a 156.4-acre gated retirement community on Bella Citta Boulevard, next to ChampionsGate. Marsan, owner of Marsan Realty and Better Built Homes, is proposing a total of 671 residential...

  • Omni Orlando Resort execs foresee big payoff from expansion set to open in May

    Omni Orlando Resort execs foresee big payoff from expansion set to open in May

    Executives at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate are expecting a big payoff from their $40 million expansion set to open on Memorial Day.   "We project that within two years, we will be running at above 70-percent occupancy," Marketing and Sales Director Jean Spaulding said on Friday. "That...

  • Developer building new medical offices near Winter Haven Hospital

    Developer building new medical offices near Winter Haven Hospital

    Lakeland homebuilder Olivera Construction is venturing into commercial real estate with a new medical office building a few blocks south of Winter Haven Hospital. Consulting engineers with JSK Consulting filed new plans last week with the Southwest Florida Water Management District for a 4,000-square-foot...

  • Arizona REIT buys multiple WingHouse restaurants

    Arizona REIT buys multiple WingHouse restaurants

    Arizona-based STORE Capital is buying up multiple locations of The WingHouse Bar & Grill throughout Florida, and may in fact have bought the entire chain. The REIT paid $1.9 million on Jan. 27 to buy Ker's Winghouse restaurant at 3401 W. Vine St. in Kissimmee. The same day, STORE paid $2 million...

  • Panda Express adding location near Legoland

    Panda Express adding location near Legoland

    Panda Restaurant Group (PRG), parent company of Panda Express, will add a new location this year in Winter Haven at the Colonial Promenade shopping center on Cypress Garden Boulevard. It's the first of two new Polk County stores slated for late 2017 opening, senior real estate manager Mike Everage...

  • Feltrim Group moving forward with plans for Ronaldo R9 Academy in Haines City

    Feltrim Group moving forward with plans for Ronaldo R9 Academy in Haines City

    Feltrim Group CEO Garrett Kenny has filed construction plans for the Orlando area's second Ronaldo R9 Soccer Academy at the main entrance to his Balmoral at Water's Edge resort in Haines City. GrowthSpotter first reported last March that Kenny had purchased one of five franchises slated for Florida...

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  • Park Square's Gupta & son pursue hotel plans in Seminole, Polk counties

    Park Square's Gupta & son pursue hotel plans in Seminole, Polk counties

    Lead executives with Orlando-based Park Square Homes continue pushing the company to diversify away from its single-family legacy, with two new hotel developments in Seminole and Polk counties a focus of the next few months.  Vishaal Gupta and father Suresh Gupta, principals with Park Square, have...

  • Polk developer looking for partners on Reunion-area project

    Polk developer looking for partners on Reunion-area project

    Longtime Davenport real estate agent Lucia Camara has 141 acres of lakefront property under contract on Lake Wilson Road just south of Reunion Resort, and she's looking for development partners. Camara told GrowthSpotter she's scheduled to close on the property in March. It would be her third development...

  • New Legoland-area hotel to be built in 2017, first of two w/retail center

    New Legoland-area hotel to be built in 2017, first of two w/retail center

    Jacksonville-based developer Murphco of Florida is planning two new hotels and a shopping center on Winter Haven's Cypress Gardens Parkway, right across from Legoland Florida. The family-run business has filed construction plans with the city and Southwest Florida Water Management District for...

  • Clearwater developers planning 95-lot subdivision in Four Corners

    Clearwater developers planning 95-lot subdivision in Four Corners

    Clearwater developer Mike Galvin will seek approval from Polk County's Development Review Committee next month for a 95-lot subdivision in the Four Corners area, just south of Reunion Resort. Galvin and business partner R. Tom Chapman's Tanglewood Land Investments snatched up the 125 acres of mostly...

  • New Winter Haven hotel site explored across from Legoland

    New Winter Haven hotel site explored across from Legoland

    A Birmingham hotel operator has filed preliminary plans with Polk County for a new five-story hotel across from Legoland Florida Resort. Mehendra Patidar, who owns and operates a pair of Days Inn hotels in Alabama, requested a pre-application meeting with county staff for Dec. 1 to discuss planning...

  • AV Homes continues Phase 5 expansion at Solivita in Polk County

    AV Homes continues Phase 5 expansion at Solivita in Polk County

    Less than a year after AV Homes launched Phase 5 at Solivita, the developer has filed preliminary plans for another 165 lots in the active adult community.  In February, the homebuilder submitted engineering plans to the South Florida Water Management District for a 209-acre parcel in the southwest...

  • Developers target Osceola for more affordable housing tax credit projects

    Developers target Osceola for more affordable housing tax credit projects

    Osceola County planners are reviewing a flurry of prospective affordable housing projects this month as developers rush to submit tax credit applications in time for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation's Nov. 17 deadline. Titan Land Company President Domingo Sanchez had five potential sites...

  • ABD Development to kick off second phase of Providence golf community

    ABD Development to kick off second phase of Providence golf community

    Luxury homebuilder ADB Development Company will break ground in December on Phase 2 of Providence, a 2,215-acre master-planned golf course community in Davenport. Providence is approved for more than 4,800 residential units with 2,048 entitled in Phase 1. Master developer ABD has completed more...

  • Westgate plans $61.7M capital investment in Central Florida properties in FY17

    Westgate plans $61.7M capital investment in Central Florida properties in FY17

    Westgate Resorts plans to finish construction on more timeshare towers, dining options and amenities -- including two new water parks -- at its Central Florida properties in the coming year. The total investment across 13 area properties totals $61.7 million -- a record for the company, according...

  • Homebuilder LGI planning 364-lot subdivision of starter homes in Davenport

    Homebuilder LGI planning 364-lot subdivision of starter homes in Davenport

    Fast-growing LGI Homes is planning its fourth Orlando-area residential community, designed and priced to appeal to first-time homebuyers. The Houston-based homebuilder has 76 acres in Davenport under contract, just north of Ridge Community High School. Alex Azan, land manager for LGI, is scheduled...

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