This 10-acre section of Lake Nona's Laureate Park was approved for 51-single family homesites. Tavistock wants to develop townhomes there instead.
This 10-acre section of Lake Nona's Laureate Park was approved for 51-single family homesites. Tavistock wants to develop townhomes there instead. (City of Orlando)

Tavistock Development Company is gearing up for the launch to two new residential neighborhoods in its master-planned Lake Nona and sister Poitras communities.

Robert Adams, Vice President of Residential Construction, and Entitlements Specialist Jamie Bennett attended Orlando’s Southeast Town Design Review Committee meeting on Thursday, seeking approval to amend the Planned Development for Phase 6 of the community’s desirable Laureate Park neighborhood. The master developer wants to convert entitlements for the 10-acre site from single family homesites to townhomes.

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The neighborhood was approved for 51 homesites, but the amended plan calls for 150 townhomes.

Adams declined to say which builder was under contract to build the townhomes, citing a nondisclosure agreement. But he confirmed to GrowthSpotter that it will be one of the builders that is actively selling townhouse product in Laureate Park. That would be either Pulte Homes or Ashton Woods.

The 150-unit townhome community would have access to Laureate Park's aquatic center and other shared amenities.
The 150-unit townhome community would have access to Laureate Park's aquatic center and other shared amenities. (Donald W. McIntosh Associates)

Adams said the builder plans to replicate a design it’s currently construction at a community in Lake Mary. The townhomes would all be rear-loaded with 2-car garage tucked under.

Committee members had some reservations about the townhouse lot sizes, which are only 19 feet wide instead of the standard 20. That could make it “uncomfortable” for residents to park two vehicles in the garage, but Adams said the builder has had success with the floorplan.

The site plan doesn’t show a private amenity, but owners would have access to HOA maintained facilities, including its aquatic center and new 7-acre linear park connecting the Lake Nona Town Center, just north of Boxi Park and Landon House, to the heart of the community’s Laureate Park neighborhood.

While the developer is adding more density in Laureate Park, it’s looking to do the opposite in its next phase of the Lake Nona expansion in the former Poitras property. Tavistock also sought approval on Thursday for the third residential neighborhood in Poitras, labeled N-4 in the master plan. The 69-acre site is located just west of the village center and north of the future school and park sites.

The 124-lot estate home subdivision would be north of Luminary Boulevard, the main east-west connector road in Lake Nona's Poitras expansion.
The 124-lot estate home subdivision would be north of Luminary Boulevard, the main east-west connector road in Lake Nona's Poitras expansion. (Donald W. McIntosh Associates)

Again, Adams declined to name the builder, but he said the plan calls for building an estate community with lot widths of 70 and 90 feet. It would have a total of 124 homesites. The developer’s request to gate the subdivision was rejected by the city.

The developer would join Pulte, which signed on first to build in Poitras East. Pulte paid $12 million in late 2018 for 500 homesites in Phase 1 of Poitras, which is approved for 2,734 residential units across its nearly 1,150 acres. The homebuilder will offer townhomes, bungalows, 50-foot and 60-foot wide lots in the neighborhood.

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