Owners of the last large piece of land along Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven are making a move for commercial development, subdividing the 48-acre site for individual lot sales.
The jagged and narrow tract will be a commercial subdivision whereby the owner, an affiliate of Sarasota-based developer Thomas Taylor Jr., will install the road and utilities to create pad-ready sites that are primed for a variety of end-users, Winter Haven Planning Manager Sean Byers told GrowthSpotter.
The development is treated like “a residential subdivision and they will sell off the lots to commercial users,” Byers said. The process was used to create two other commercial subdivisions along Cypress Gardens Boulevard in recent years, he said.
“They’re just creating lots for future development; there’s no actual vertical development,” Byers said. “We’ll review the individual site plans as they come in.”
The overall site plan created by Sloan Engineering Group shows 13 outparcels with 11 of those fronting on Cypress Gardens Boulevard and two toward the back northeast corner. The lots range in size between 1.2 and 1.8 acres. Usage could be anything from restaurants to retail or multiple lots could be combined for a new hotel, Byers said. “We don’t know what those are right now.”
There is a need for more commercial development along Cypress Gardens Boulevard Legoland continues to expand and attract visitors, Byers said. A Best Western hotel is under construction and a Hilton Home2 Suites is in the planning stages. Texas-based Forestar is developing a 1,100-lot master-planned community for D.R. Horton on 350 acres known as Harmony on Lake Eloise and lots are expected to be ready for home construction this year.
“This is one of the last significant tracts of land on Cypress Gardens Boulevard,” Byers said. “They want to break it up so they can get more uses on there. … This is probably the best way to develop the property. You aren’t going to get a large shopping center or big box to go on this property.” It’s too narrow for those uses, he said. “The property is long and not very deep.”
Taylor’s Double Eagle Land Development has owned the land since at least 2005. He did not respond to calls from GrowthSpotter.
Byers said the development “won’t all build out at once. It will be over years. You might see a McDonald’s on one pad and then six months later, you might see a shopping center, then a few months later, a hotel or motel.”