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Meritage Homes is following growth in Apopka, plans large subdivision next to major mixed-use development

The Magnolia Terrace subdivision consists of 306 residential lots, across 126 single-family homes and 180 townhomes.
The Magnolia Terrace subdivision consists of 306 residential lots, across 126 single-family homes and 180 townhomes. (Orange County/GrowthSpotter)

Meritage Homes is working to assemble nearly 100 acres of agricultural land in Apopka with plans to build more than 300 new residences.

Brian Kittle, division president at Meritage Homes Orlando, and civil engineer and land planner Luke Classon of Appian Engineering, are working with city officials to approve a zoning amendment and master plan application that depict a 306-unit subdivision called Magnolia Terrace.

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The subdivision contains a mix of 126 single-family homes with lots as wide as 90 feet for corner estates, and 180 townhomes with a minimum lot size of 24 feet. Amenities include 1.5-acre community center, with a single-story clubhouse, swimming pool and deck, and mail kiosk.

Plans for Magnolia Terrace also show multiple community trails and open space tracts. Meritage Homes wants to build the community in two phases.

Meritage Homes is assembling 95 acres of land located northeast of Binion Road and Boy Scout Road.
Meritage Homes is assembling 95 acres of land located northeast of Binion Road and Boy Scout Road. (Orange County/GrowthSpotter)

The Scottsdale, Arizona-based homebuilder is assembling about 95 acres located northeast of Binion Road and Boy Scout Road, just north of where Sunrise-based real estate investment company Centerline Capital Advisors is assembling about 367 acres of land with plans for a large mixed-use community.

If approved, Centerline’s Ridge Planned Development will allow for 1.5 million square feet of industrial space, more than 200,000 square feet of commercial uses, up to 278 multifamily units, up to 643 single-family or townhome dwelling units and up to 75,000 square feet of office space.

The Ridge PD stretches across Binion and Ocoee Apopka roads on the north and south end of Boy Scout Road.

The nation's seventh largest homebuilder purchased over 400 lots in the Hills of Minneola master planned community.

The Magnolia Terrace property is owned by the estate of Marion and Mary Hopper, Harold and Melody Thomas, the Douglas Matthews Trust, Anita Mathews Trust, George and Sandra Thomas, Vernus and Gail Stapler and Kenneth and Natalie Davidson.

Currently, the acreage features a mix of uses including single-family residential, vacant residential, agricultural, pasture and wetland.

Meritage Homes is behind several communities in Central Florida. In Lake County, the homebuilder picked up the first 400-plus lots within the large Hills of Minneola residential development on Hancock Road, just northeast of the Florida’s Turnpike interchange.

The homebuilder also has a presence in the 298-home Silver Springs subdivision now underway on Jones Road in Osceola County, and the 251-lot Vistamar Villages subdivision located on the edge of Reedy Creek in Davenport.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-5427, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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