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 a small cafe and a 10-bay, 27,000-square-foot flex warehouse building in the first phase.
The second phase would include three more identical warehouse buildings.
"My target is going to be small flex space," de Barros told GrowthSpotter on Wednesday. "Here in Polk County, every warehouse is huge. Each of mine is 2,700 square feet."
He's scheduled to meet with Polk County's Development Review Committee for a Level 1 (pre-application) review next week. A key factor will be gaining approval from the county to develop the site with wells and septic. The closest water and sewer lines are about half a mile away at Providence, he said.
"Flex space doesn't use too much water," de Barros said.
The business park site was Danpol's first U.S. investment, but de Barros has several other real estate projects in the Four Corners submarket in various stages of permitting.
In March, he closed on a 7-acre site on C.R. 532 adjacent to Reunion Resort after successfully amending the land use and zoning in Osceola to Commercial Tourist. He worked with Brazilian architect José Santos Godinho to develop a conceptual plan that includes a 12-story hotel overlooking the Reunion golf course, a two-story office building and two retail/restaurant buildings.