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Haines City residential growth expanding west with Cassidy PUD requests

Cassidy Homes is seeking a Planned Development zoning from Haines City for Wynnstone, a 259-acre assemblage near the I-4 interchange at U.S. 27.
Cassidy Homes is seeking a Planned Development zoning from Haines City for Wynnstone, a 259-acre assemblage near the I-4 interchange at U.S. 27. (Absolute Engineering)

Cassidy Homes is asking Haines City for zoning changes on 367 acres so it can add as many as 1,211 single-family homes creating two interconnected subdivisions near the Heart of Florida Hospital.

Both properties are west of U.S. 27 North, east of FDC Grove Road and north of Massee Road and the Charles Cove subdivision. The Kalogridis property is about 109 acres with plans for up to 418 lots and is south of Holly Grove Road #1. The Wynnstone project is up to 793 lots on 259.3 acres south of Minute Maid Ramp Road #1.

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“The residential growth occurring north of Massee Road and west of U.S. Highway 27 North is new for the City,” Haines City planner April Brown told GrowthSpotter. “There has been quite an amount of professional office growth, mostly medical, with the hospital being located in that area.”

“Residential growth has occurred south of Massee Road and there is the potential for future multifamily projects south of the Hospital as well,” Brown said.

The East Polk developer is seeking entitlements for nearly 800 homes near the U.S. 27 interchange at I-4.

In April 2020, Cassidy filed two separate PD applications for neighboring communities near AdventHealth Heart of Florida in Davenport totaling more than 1,030 residential lots. One site is bordered by Sand Hill Road to the north and Massee Road to the south. The other PUD, approved by the Polk County Planning Commission in September, would add 611 single-family homes just across Massee Road from D.R. Horton’s Charles Cove subdivision.

Winter Haven-based Cassidy, one of Polk County’s most prolific land developers, purchased the 22 Haines City parcels that make up the two projects mostly via affiliates in 2015 and 2017. Cassidy officials didn’t return calls requesting an interview.

“The projects will have interconnectivity and there will be large recreational amenity areas with swimming pools and or recreational areas that will be either designated for that particular project and/or shared,” Brown said. Plans call for two entrances from FDC Grove Road for Kalogridis and for Wynnstone, two entrances on minute Maid Ramp Road #2 and FDC Grove Road.

The Winter Haven developer already owns most of the 27 parcels just west of AdventHealth Heart of Florida hospital.

Cassidy submitted site plans through its engineer Tampa-based Absolute Engineering Inc. showing each project being built in three phases with density of 3.06 units per acre for the currently vacant land. The planning commission this week approved sending the zoning request for Residential Planned Unit Development (RPUD) to the city council for approval. The land currently is zoned Residential Medium-X (RM-X), Residential Low -4X (RL-4X) and Core-X.

Homes will be one and two stories, Brown said. Kalogridis plans show all lots at a minimum lot width of 40 feet and a minimum lot depth of 110 feet. The Wynnstone property plans break down the three phases: Phase 1 — 288 40-foot lots on 186 acres and 13 50- foot lots; Phase 2 — 284 50-foot lots on 68 acres; Phase 3 -208 40-foot lots on 28 acres.

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