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Meritage seeks aquatic pro GC to build upscale community pool

Meritage's Parkside phase five will have the most expensive homes the homebuilder sells in the Orlando area.
Meritage's Parkside phase five will have the most expensive homes the homebuilder sells in the Orlando area.(Meritage Homes)

Meritage Homes is looking for a general contractor experienced in aquatics for the pool, cabanas and accompanying accessories for the final phase of its luxury Parkside community in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando.

Parkside's fifth phase, which currently has two homes built, needs a GC to build a pool of undetermined size, accompany it with enclosed changing areas, provide a fence around the pool, sidewalks, bike racks, benches, walkways, an entrance and stone work.

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The $1.5 million project also encompasses roofing, doors, windows, earthwork, painting and on-site utilities.

General requirements include site preparation, earthwork, termite control, paving, sewage, fences, gates and landscaping.

While Meritage acts as developer and general contractor for its communities, hiring an outside GC for a special project that is not the company's forte -- such as a large pool -- is not unusual, said Brent Anderson, vice president of investor relations for the homebuilder.

Bids are due by March 16, with work expected to start April 26.

The list of firms that have downloaded the bid application thus far is truncated, but includes RLH Construction. A representative at the Oviedo company declined to discuss the proposal. RLH's website includes a photo of an ornate pool and entryway it says it built for Dellagio.

Madden Moorhead & Glunt are the prospective engineer.

The pool will serve as another focal point for what has been a very successful upscale development for Meritage.

Homes in the fifth phase, which contains 111 lots, will start in the $500,000s and go to just over $800,000, making this the most expensive community of the roughly 20 Meritage has developed in the Orlando area.

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The fifth phase will cover 36 acres, joining the 322 acres that contain the 315 lots that make up phases one through four. Phases one and two have sold out while there are some lots left in three and four.

Parkside is just off of Apopka Vineland Road and a short distance from I-4.

The community opened in 2013, with a lottery used to sell the first homes because of demand, a seeming indicator that the housing bust was over.

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