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South Florida developer seeks annexation for Hoffner Avenue townhomes

A developer who won approval for 348 apartments on Hoffner Avenue, outlined in red, is now applying to City of Orlando for an adjacent 166-unit townhouse community.
A developer who won approval for 348 apartments on Hoffner Avenue, outlined in red, is now applying to City of Orlando for an adjacent 166-unit townhouse community. (Kimley Horn)

After closing a deal with Aventon Companies to build luxury apartments on the 5000 block of Hoffner Avenue in Orlando’s Conway neighborhood, West Palm Beach developer Anthony “Tony” Solo now has his eye on the property next door for a sister townhouse community.

Solo has applied to annex four parcels on the 4800 block into the city and has filed a proposed master plan for the 22-acres. Solo is proposing 166 fee-simple townhomes “with a fresh Coastal Floridian architecture with elements of Key West reminiscent of Florida’s historic charm.” The two-story townhouses would include a mix of three- and four-bedroom floorplans and will feature 1- and 2-car rear-loaded garages, according to the project narrative.

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Solo is seeking an initial zoning designation of Office-1 and R3-A zoning, which would allow a maximum of 12 townhouse units per acre and is consistent with the existing future land use. He notes that the requested density is 35% less than the maximum allowed, and the proposed site plan adheres to the city’s townhouse design criteria by integrating amenities into the project. Those would include a community clubhouse with fitness center, pool and outdoor activity areas, a dog park and a tot lot.

He also noted the recent widening of Hoffner to four lanes. “With the recent completion of the Hoffner Road improvements, two-lanes both east and west, road capacities are staged for future growth. Traffic studies have been conducted and conclude the addition of 166 homes will have minimal impact to the current infrastructure.”

The case is tentatively scheduled to go to Municipal Planning Board on May 18.

Solo declined to speak with GrowthSpotter. Last year he won approval for voluntary annexation and secured master plan approval for the apartment community called Twelve Oaks. The plan calls for 12 apartment buildings spread across the 24-acre site with a large clubhouse and leasing office overlooking a 3-acre pond. Amenities include a pool and two spacious courtyard areas each with a fenced dog park.

North Carolina-based Aventon is currently redesigning the 348-unit community, its third in the greater Orlando market. At the time of the initial filings, Trammell Crow Residential was the named developer.

Across the street, Dalfen Industrial is currently building a 108,000-square-foot distribution warehouse at 4840 Hoffner Ave. Dalfen has applied for building permits, and the project is scheduled for completion this fall.

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