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Infill development would add townhomes on Cady Way Trail

The group is proposing to build 25 fee-simple townhomes using floorplans currently found in Laureate Park.

A trio of real estate brokers is seeking to annex a 1.64-acre commercial site just outside Baldwin Park and rezone it to build new townhomes overlooking the popular Cady Way Trail.

The joint venture, led by Baldwin Park Realty owner Brian Cirillo, purchased the site at the corner of Lake Baldwin Lane and Roushe Avenue in April for $870,000. The other partners are Mary Ashy with Elite Land Solutions and Patriot Real Estate Group managing partner Bill Diffenderfer.

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Cirillo told GrowthSpotter he had been eying the site for several years before joining with the partners to make an offer. It was home to a pest control company since 1973, but the investors saw it as an ideal infill site for a townhouse community that would offer a better transition between the office park to the north and the residential neighborhood to the south. They are proposing to build 25 rear-entry townhomes with on-street parking along Roushe Avenue.

Building townhomes on the long, skinny lot at the corner of Lake Baldwin Lane and Roushe Avenue would create a transition between the offices to the north and single family homes to the south.

“We looked at several uses, but there’s a large powerline easement in the back. So that kind of dictated the use,” Cirillo said.

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The fee-simple units would have two or three bedrooms and come in two lot sizes; the 16-foot unit would have either a 1-car or tandem-style garage, while the larger 27.5-foot width would have a standard two-car garage. The final design and floorplans will be determined by the selected builder, Cirillo said. The site plan calls for 40 parking spaces within individual units and 16 spaces on Roush Avenue.

Planner and engineer Eric Raasch with S&ME applied for Planned Development zoning because the site is too narrow to accommodate the required 25-foot front setback under the city’s residential zoning. The PD would allow for a 15-foot setback. Raasch provided examples of similar townhouse projects in Baldwin Park, Fern Creek and Park Lake Highland that implemented a reduced setback.

The developers want to give the future homeowners direct access to the adjacent Cady Way Trail.

“The PD zoning designation is proposed to allow for design flexibility to accommodate the townhouse community on the site,” he wrote in the project narrative.

He added that under the 1998 Baldwin Park vision, the subject property was designated as swing space for office or multi-family housing. “The site functions as a southern gateway to Baldwin Park, as it is just south of the monument signage on Lake Baldwin Lane” he wrote.

The townhomes would be oriented toward Lake Baldwin Lane and Roushe Avenue.

The site calls for a continuous landscape hedge along the north property line with a residents’ gate directly onto the Cady Way Trail, the 7.2-mile trail that links Orlando to Winter Park and connects to the Cross Seminole Trail.

“That’s a feature we hope to have the residents enjoy,” Cirillo said. “We’re still in very preliminary discussions, but the hope is to make it as accessible as possible.”

The case is tentatively scheduled to go before the Orlando Municipal Planning Board on Dec. 20, 2022.

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