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Taylor Morrison planning over 800 townhomes in Solivita and St. Cloud

Taylor Morrison wants to build 198 townhomes in St. Cloud's Anthem Park community.
Taylor Morrison wants to build 198 townhomes in St. Cloud's Anthem Park community. (Taylor Morrison)

Arizona-based Taylor Morrison Homes wants to build 632 townhomes across from its massive Solivita retirement community in Poinciana. It’s one of two new townhouse communities in the pipeline for Central Florida, the second being in St. Cloud.

The Solivita Grand project has been on the books for years. The townhomes would rise on 91 acres on the north side of Cypress Parkway, just west of the Poinciana Parkway interchange. It’s one of several projects Taylor Morrison absorbed when it acquired AV Homes, and the homebuilder would need to change the future land use from Pre-DRI to Medium Density Residential to allow for the planned 7 units per acre density. The plan also calls for a small commercial out-parcel for a future fuel station and convenience store.

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In its justification report, the homebuilder noted that the townhomes would diversify the mix of housing products in the immediate vicinity. The convenience commercial would also provide a much-needed service to Solivita residents, because the closest gas station is 3 miles away.

Taylor Morrison is seeking Medium Density Residential and Commercial (pink) future land use for this portion of Solivita Grande in Polk County.
Taylor Morrison is seeking Medium Density Residential and Commercial (pink) future land use for this portion of Solivita Grande in Polk County. (Taylor Morrison)

Solivita is a 4,300-acre retirement community with its own town center, country club, two golf courses and 14 pools. The community, now in its final phase, is approved for 5,600 homes. The 2,549-acre Solivita Grand property is west of the Poinciana Parkway toll road and straddles the Osceola-Polk county line. It’s entitled for more than 5,000 units of both single family and multifamily residential uses, plus over 1.4 million square feet of commercial space. Taylor Morrison indicated it would include an age-restricted component, as well.

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Immediately to the east of the proposed development is the Solivita Marketplace, which is anchored by Poinciana Medical Center. The Marketplace is approved for 1.8 million square feet of commercial development that includes the hospital, office and retail. It also has a mix of single family, multifamily and an assisted living facility.

Taylor Morrison had explored building up to 600 multifamily units on the Polk County Solivita Grand site, but opted instead for front-loaded, 2-story townhomes with a one-car garage and parking for a second vehicle in the driveway.

Taylor Morrison would build the new Anthem Park townhomes in two phases, beginning on the south side of Lexington Boulevard.
Taylor Morrison would build the new Anthem Park townhomes in two phases, beginning on the south side of Lexington Boulevard. (Osceola Engineering Inc.)

Taylor Morrison is proposing the same design for 198 townhomes planned in St. Cloud’s Anthem Park community. The new sections would be built on undeveloped parcels in the community just off Old Hickory Tree Road, about a quarter-mile south of Neptune Road.

The builder applied for a Preliminary Subdivision Plan with a parking requirement reduction from the city. The project cleared the city’s Development Review Committee on Thursday.

Taylor Morrison currently offers the same product in its Woodland Park community in Southwest Orlando. The builder offers two floorplans, both with three bedrooms and two and half bathrooms, priced starting at $237,900.

Anthem Park primarily consists of single family detached homes, but it currently has about 100 existing townhomes that are all rear-alley loaded with 2-car garages.

The new townhomes would abut a proposed 120-acre Planned Unit Development owned by Battaglia Group that has entitlements for 325,000 square feet of commercial space, up to 871 single-family homes with a minimum 50-foot lot size and 713 multifamily units. The townhomes would border the portion of the PUD designated for single family homes.

The Anthem Park project will boost Taylor Morrison’s presence in St. Cloud, where it also plans to start model construction this year at Southern Pines.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at lkinsler@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-6261, or tweet me at @byLauraKinsler. Follow GrowthSpotter on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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