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South Florida development group takes helm of luxury townhome project on Lake Willis

Aventura-based 43 Westwood LLC wants to build 42 fee-simple luxury townhomes near SeaWorld.
Aventura-based 43 Westwood LLC wants to build 42 fee-simple luxury townhomes near SeaWorld. (Orange County)

Aventura-based 43 Westwood LLC, led by developers Diego Besga and Luciano Gesuiti, is taking control of longtime plans to redevelop about eight acres of land on Lake Willis in Orlando’s tourism corridor.

Representatives with the development team and architect Cecilia Maier met with Orange County planning staff Wednesday to discuss what may become of the property at 11302 and 11314 Westwood Blvd., near SeaWorld.

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Conceptual plans presented at the meeting depict 42 fee-simple, two-story, luxury townhomes with wide garages surrounding a lush recreational area that features a bike path and walking trail.

43 Westwood LLC is under contract to purchase the land from its current owner, Westwood Partners Group LLC, managed by T.J. Davila of Davila Custom Homes.

Conceptual plans for the townhome community shows the residential units surrounding a recreational area with a bike path and walking trail.
Conceptual plans for the townhome community shows the residential units surrounding a recreational area with a bike path and walking trail. (Orange County)

Davila spent several years seeking the necessary development entitlements allowing for the construction of up to 43 attached single-family townhomes at the property.

Previous plans, first proposed in 2016, called for 80 high-end condominium apartments, but the project was met with pivotal criticism from surrounding property owners, and in 2018 the Orange County’s Board of County Commissioners rejected the original rezoning request.

About a year later, Westwood Partners Group entered into a settlement agreement with Orange County that reduced the number of townhomes to 43. And last month, the Orange County commission approved the rezoning request, subject to 19 conditions, including restricting any development on the lake, like docks.

Westwood Partners Group was represented Becky Wilson with Lowndes. The company paid a little more than $1.14 million for the 8.8-acre property in 2016, records show.

Directly east, across Westwood Boulevard, Park Square Homes is developing more than 400 new vacation homes on the former Marriott Grande Pines golf course, along International Drive. Phase one consists of a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a large outdoor pool and lazy river component, while phase two will consists of 157 single-family short-term rental homes.

Nearby, a joint venture between Flournoy Partners and the Carlyle Group completed building the 268-unit luxury apartment complex at 6820 Axis West Circle in late 2017. That rental community sold for $62.85 million shortly after to Bluerock Real Estate.

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