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Polk developer reviving two dormant subdivisions in Davenport

Polk developer reviving two dormant subdivisions in Davenport
Developer Jean Marsan started horizontal construction this summer on Natures Reserve on Polk County's busy U.S. 27 corridor. (SWFWMD)

Polk County developer Jean Marsan is behind efforts to revive a pair of residential projects on the U.S. 27 corridor in Davenport that have been dormant since the recession.

Marsan, owner of Marsan Realty and Better Built Homes, is seeking approval for the Phase 1 plat of Natures Reserve, a planned 145-unit subdivision on FDC Grove Road across from Posner Park. Phase one calls for 44 lots. Polk's Development Review Committee is scheduled to consider the plat Aug. 25.

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Marsan bought the four Natures Reserve parcels, which total 37.4 acres, in March 2015 for $1.1 million. Orlando developer Robert Polyak received conditional approval from the county in 2008 and cleared the land in 2014 before abandoning the project.

Marsan began horizontal construction this summer, according to Southwest Florida Water Management District records. The subdivision will be located just off Home Run Boulevard, the main entry road into the nearly-finished Four Corners Business Park.

Earlier this year Marsan bought another stagnant Four Corners project -- a vacation home community called Fox Run -- from Polyak for $2.5 million.

The red pin marks the location of Natures Reserve, a 37-acre subdivision just off U.S. 27. The blue pin marks the site of Fox Run, a proposed 251-unit vacation home community on Kinney Harmon Road in Four Corners.
The red pin marks the location of Natures Reserve, a 37-acre subdivision just off U.S. 27. The blue pin marks the site of Fox Run, a proposed 251-unit vacation home community on Kinney Harmon Road in Four Corners. (Polk County)

The 147-acre property is located in the northeast quadrant of the U.S.17-92 - Kinney Harmon Road intersection, borders the Reedy Creek Swamp and contains more than 65 acres of wetlands. Marsan is seeking approval to increase the density by 40 percent, from 179 to 251 lots.

The new site plan, prepared by Askey-Hughey Inc., calls for the project to be built in six phases. The first two phases would include 103 40-foot lots. Phases two and three would have 81 50-foot lots. The final phases would include 67 60-foot lots.

Developer Jean Marsan has applied for an environmental permit from SFWMD to build 251 vacation homes at the intersection of Kinney Harmon Road and U.S. 17-92.
Developer Jean Marsan has applied for an environmental permit from SFWMD to build 251 vacation homes at the intersection of Kinney Harmon Road and U.S. 17-92. (SFWMD)

Polyak never received a permit from the South Florida Water Management District for his project. Marsan resubmitted the application, along with the new site plan, in late May. The application is currently on hold until Marsan provides wildlife surveys requested by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Marsan could not be reached for comment.

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