Wendover Housing Partners will break ground before the end of the year on a 120-unit affordable family apartment complex in north Orange County, just outside of Apopka.
Wellington Park will be located on Thompson Road, just north of Semoran Boulevard, and will be the company's second active project in the Apopka area. Wendover is currently building an 80-unit senior housing project, Brixton Landing, on 13th Street in the city.
Terry Cummins, marketing director for the Altamonte Springs-based developer, told GrowthSpotter the $25 million project will open in September 2017 and will feature a large community garden as its centerpiece.
"This is something we've always done in our senior communities, but it's such a part of what's going on right now we've expanded it to our family communities," she said. "Everybody seems to want to garden or do something fun like that."
Other amenities will include a swimming pool, playground, gazebo and community clubhouse with a fitness area, computer lab and activity room with full kitchen.
"We do a lot of activities with the kids -- we have after-school programs that are staffed by volunteers," Cummins said. "They get snacks and in the summer they can get free lunch (provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture)."
She said the apartments include standard features, such as vinyl plank flooring in the common areas, kitchen islands with breakfast bars and walk-in closets in every bedroom. Most of the units, 66, will have two bedrooms. The complex also includes 18 three-bedroom units and 36 one-bedroom units.
Avcon Engineering submitted construction plans last week to the St. Johns River Water Management District, and the development plan is still being reviewed by Orange County staff. It was scheduled to go to the county's Development Review Committee on Aug. 17, but was pulled from the agenda.
Wendover, which has a contract to buy the site from Thompson Road LLC for $1.8 million, initially planned a senior housing community there. The firm applied in 2015 to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation for tax credits for an age-restricted community, but ultimately ended up switching it to family affordable housing and received the credits this year.
Cummins said Wendover expects to close on the property in late September. Wells Fargo is the equity partner and lender, and the nonprofit Neighborhood Lending Partners Inc. will provide permanent financing.