Cassidy Homes planning new townhouse community on U.S. 27 corridor

A Winter Haven developer is seeking county approval for 346-unit townhouse community on Polk County's U.S. 27 corridor, across from Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center.

Cassidy Organization spent much of the last year and $1.36 million to assemble the 34.5 acres between Florida Development Road and LBJ Lane, near the entrance to Ridgewood Lakes, a Del Webb active adult golf community. 

The developer has applied for residential site plan approval for the community dubbed "Madison Place." The plan, designed by Dennis Wood Engineering, divides the project into three phases with 151 units slated for Phase 1. Construction would start on the southern portion of the project, with the main entrance from Florida Development Road.

Erik Peterson, the county's director of land development, told GrowthSpotter the plan is moving forward through the review process and should be approved subject to a few minor revisions. Cassidy must apply for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for portion of the southernmost parcel because it currently has a commercial land use, but that application should go to the Board of County Commissioners in March.

"They can start construction on the entrance road and the units east of the road before the comp plan amendment gets approved," Peterson said.

The plan doesn't show any built amenities and minimal open space. Peterson said the property is in residential high density zoning district within the county's North Ridge Selected Area Plan. That means the open space and recreation requirements for the community are greatly reduced.

"They're at the low end of the density for that zone, so they're not required to do much," Peterson said. "If it was in a low-density residential zone or a PUD, they would have to do more open space."

The project is in a pocket of the U.S. 27 corridor that's rapidly transforming from rural to suburban. D.R. Horton is under contract for 186 acres just west of the hospital.

Cassidy has several residential projects in east Polk in various stages of permitting, including Citrus Landing, a 182-lot subdivision in the city of Davenport. 

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