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Batting cages at Bad Dog appear destined for retirement.
Batting cages at Bad Dog appear destined for retirement.

The owners of Bad Dog Driving Range in east Orlando have received conditional approval from city planners to transform the golf and baseball entertainment center into a residential enclave.

Owner Big Dog Driving Range Inc., which has Claude Gerard, his mother Helen, and Charles Miner as officers, hopes to see a 159-home subdivision created on the 42 acre property.

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Bad Dog was built in 2000, after the property was bought in April 1999 for $325,000, according to Orange County Property Appraiser records. The facility has golf driving ranges and baseball and softball batting cages.

The site has 32 developable acres, according to a report Orlando planners issued just before Thanksgiving.

The property is at 6933 Curry Ford Road, east of Camellia Garden Road and west of Colton Drive.

The eastern Orlando area appears to be becoming appealing to developers. Perhaps the most known project planned for that area is The Grow, the 2,256-residential unit agricultural community developer Dwight Saathoff plans. Saathoff received approval for his project in the spring after a raucous battle with area residents who were against the number of homes he is planning.

As of the time the Bad Dog report was issued by Orlando planners, they indicated they had not received any comments about the prospective project. The principals are now seeking planned development zoning after filing an annexation request in April.

The Gerards and Miner did not respond to requests for comment. Attempts on Friday to reach lawyer Thomas Sullivan of Gray Robinson, who is acting as applicant, were unsuccessful.

Planning staff has recommended approval as long as certain conditions are met. They include an updated site plan, lot sizes and building designs that are varied to avoid a monotonous streetscape, a fenced playground and minor modifications and design changes to signs, landscaping and driveway locations.

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