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Property owners near Orlando’s Waterford Lakes neighborhood prep their land for townhome development

Plans call for a 110-unit townhome community that features a dog park, a tot lot, a neighborhood park, and a jogging path around a large pond.

A group of property owners near Orlando’s Waterford Lakes neighborhood has assigned civil engineer Dave Schmitt to help prepare their land for potential townhome development.

According to a Technical Review Group application in Orange County, Suzanne Litton, Charles Pham, and Kris and Kenneth Viles are combining their properties at 1467, 1443, 1415 and 1409 Hancock Lone Palm Rd. into one 18.05-acre site.

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It’s unclear if they’re working with a land developer or intend to sell the property to a specific homebuilder once it’s fully entitled.

Application material shows the owners assigned Dave Schmitt Engineering Inc. to prep the land for townhome development, as well as Bio-Tech Consulting Inc. to oversee environmental work and LPA Solutions LLC to do the land planning.

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At the TRG meeting Wednesday morning, Schmitt told Orange County staff members he wants to submit a rezoning request and get started on a Preliminary Site Plan application. The pre-app meeting was the second time the conceptual site plan went before TRG members. The first time was in September when staffers drew concern about the building separations and the number of residential dwelling units per building.

This time around, Schmitt told TRG staff members he took their comments into account. Although the submitted site plan was the same, he said a new one will show the appropriate building separation of at least 20 feet and a minimum of five units per building.

Schmitt is preparing to seek an R-2 zoning and will hold the required community meeting soon, he told TRG members.

Plans call for 110 townhomes on 20-foot-wide lots. Features include a dog park, tot lot, neighborhood park and jogging path around a 1.7-acre pond.

The property sits east of State Road 408 and south of Colonial Drive, near the Waterford Lakes community that’s known to attract students and employees from the University of Central Florida due to its closeness.

Other developers active in the Waterford Lakes area, include the Houston-based multifamily development firm MORGAN, which is building a 225-unit multifamily community at 12400 E. Colonial Drive. Records show Woodbury Owner LLC, an entity tied to the company, paid $5.1 million for the site last year.

In 2020, GrowthSpotter reported that Orlando-based Cafe Construction & Development Inc. proposed a 63-unit, age-restricted multifamily community at 707 Woodbury Rd., but the applicant withdrew plans last year.

Further south, is the 1,886-acre Avalon Park neighborhood located in southeast Orange County. To the north, a couple of miles east, Project Finance & Development’s The Grow is taking shape east of South Tanner Road, between Lake Pickett Road and S.R. 50.s

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Meanwhile, the nearby Waterford Lakes Town Center is luring in new restaurants and entertainment concepts.

Florida’s first Dave’s Hot Chicken restaurant is on track to open at the plaza next month. Last summer, the Tiger Woods-backed golf and entertainment venue Popstroke opened at the shopping plaza.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 491-3357, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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