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A new townhome community is being proposed north of Orlando International Airport

Dwight Saathoff's Project Finance & Development roughly 11 acres north of OIA with plans for new townhomes by the PulteGroup.
Dwight Saathoff's Project Finance & Development roughly 11 acres north of OIA with plans for new townhomes by the PulteGroup. (Orange County Property Appraiser/ Orange County)

An area north of Orlando International Airport, along Goldenrod Road, continues to attract new residential development.

The latest developer to put his hat in the ring is Dwight Saathoff, founder and owner of Project Finance & Development, which is the master developer behind the 1,185-acre The Grow agri-hood community in east Orlando and one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Seminole County, Riverbend.

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Saathoff recently submitted a Land Use Plan application seeking to construct new townhomes with front-facing garages on 11.3 acres at 7308 Pershing Avenue.

The PulteGroup was listed in plans as the homebuilder. Christine Hall with EXO Limited is the civil engineer.

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PulteGroup has cemented its place within the 1,185-acre master-planned community that will feature 2,000 homes, a 9-acre working farm, two major community gardens, and 20-acre public community park, and a farm-to-table restaurant.

According to the application, the developer is seeking to subdivide the property into 102 lots that are a minimum of 18 feet wide. Townhomes can go up to 2 stories, or 35 feet, in height.

Saathoff was not immediately available to comment. The developer often partners with Pulte Homes, for instance, the homebuilder was recently listed in plans as the main homebuilder in Saathoff’s The Grow.

The Goldenrod Road property, owned by the Shenandoah Baptist Church, is an assemblage of four parcels, not including a central pond that’s owned by Orange County and in the process of potentially being expanded. The land has been under the church’s ownership since the 1970s, but like most of the property along Goldenrod Road, it’s being redeveloped.

Just south of the Shenandoah Baptist Church property, David Weekley Homes is nearly done selling off its 72-lot single-family home subdivision nearby at 3522 and 3412 S. Goldenrod Rd. called Flora Gardens.

Just north of the planned 110-lot subdivision, David Weekley Homes is building a 72-lot single-family home community called Flora Gardens.

To the north, more homes are being planned along Goldenrod Road. Orlando-based Galleon Consulting Group LLC, led by developer Neel Shivcharran, is building out a 100-lot townhome community at 2504 S. Goldenrod Road. Shivcharran is teaming up with entity FL Opportunity LLC, which recently paid $1.4 million. to acquire the property, records show.

Pulte Homes is also behind a newly proposed 300-lot single-family residential development on 1,360.5 acres located on the east side of Snow Hill Road, north of the Econ River, in Seminole County.

In Osceola County, the homebuilder is currently selling homes at its Live Oak Lake community in St. Cloud. It also recently bought more land next to the community giving it the ability to add hundreds of additional homesites to the E192 corridor.

It’s also helping develop a 502-home subdivision on Poinciana Boulevard in Kissimmee. The builder also has plans to build a 286-unit townhome community on a 40-acre site just off Kissimmee’s W192 tourism corridor.

The company’s active adult division is developing Del Webb branded communities in Sunbridge and the Hills of Minneola, as well as a smaller age-restricted community in Tohoqua.

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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