The Davenport City Council last week approved a 182-lot subdivision next door to Horizons Elementary School.
The Davenport City Council last week approved a 182-lot subdivision next door to Horizons Elementary School. (Polk County Property Appraiser/ staff edit)

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 of multiple parcels, several of which are owned by Winter Haven-based Cassidy Organization and JMBA Real Estate, an affiliate of Heath Construction owner Rennie Heath and Jack M. Barry III, grandson of the late citrus baron Jack M. Barry.

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The residential PUD would have 182 homesites.
The residential PUD would have 182 homesites. (Dennis Wood Engineering)

Heath told GrowthSpotter he's also the developer of the project, which includes 55x110-foot lots plus amenities that are still in design. "We're in negotiations now with a production builder for the entire project," he added.

The three principals are also working together on a planned 367-lot subdivision in Haines City.  Dennis Wood Engineering is the engineer of record for both projects.

The area once dominated by orange groves is evolving into a residential center. Lennar is introducing its first all solar community, North Ridge Estates, in Haines City just west of the elementary school. Richmond American Homes is also selling in North Ridge.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the final approval for the preliminary plat on Oct. 1.

"We don't have a start date yet," Heath said. "Once we get approval for the preliminary plat, we still have to go through engineering and submit our construction plans."

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