For the second time in as many weeks, a group of property owners on the outskirts of Lake Nona have formed an assemblage to seek city annexation for a mixed-use project.
Five individual owners of six parcels in the Orlando-Kissimmee Farms rural enclave east of Boggy Creek Road applied for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to change the future land use from Rural to Neighborhood Center, with Planned Development/Neighborhood Center zoning and inclusion in the city’s southeast sector plan. The assemblage known as the Beth Road annexation adds up to 36.5 acres. It’s contiguous to the Lake Nona’s Medical City property on the north and a half-mile north of the Osceola County line.
The land owners engaged Daly Design Group to create a Framework Master Plan that would create three separate zones within the development for commercial, multifamily and residential nodes. The 8.2 acres fronting on Boggy Creek Road would be slated 78,700 square feet of mixed-use non residential development.
Just east of the mixed-use pod would be a 19-acre lot entitled for a 380-unit apartment community. The third zone is a 9-acre lot north of New Hope Road and contiguous to Medical City, which would be entitled for 92 fee-simple townhomes.
Daly declined an interview request. In the application package, he wrote that the project would create an internal street network with pedestrian connectivity. The project would provide needed housing and services to the employment centers, like Medical City and Orlando International Airport, which is two miles away.
He also pointed out that Boggy Creek Road is scheduled to be reconstructed next year from a 2-lane rural road to a 4-lane urban roadway, and that OUC is extending utilities to the county line. The current and pending permitted projects along the Boggy Creek corridor are trending along the same lines as the Narcoossee Road corridor.
“This area of the City is undergoing rapid change to the existing rural character of the area,” Daly wrote. “The approvals of the Poitras property is located ¾ of a mile to the east of the subject site and Lake Nona Medical City located to the north of the site are bringing urban character development to the Southeast area of Orlando.”
Directly across the street from the Beth Road assemblage lies the 115-acre AdventHealth property, which now under contract to D.R. Horton. Pending permits would allow for 660 multi-family units, 166 townhomes, 160 senior housing units, 150,000 square feet of retail use and 150,000 square feet of office uses.
Just south of that project, the mixed-use Tyson Ranch master-planned community is already underway with new apartments by The Bainbridge Companies and M/I Homes.
“The proposed development on the subject parcel is consistent with the emerging development pattern that is changing from rural to urban in nature in this area of the City,” Daly wrote. “This change in character is being driven by the entitlements granted to the multiple properties along the west side of the corridor. The planned reconstruction of the Boggy Creek corridor which will bring urban infrastructure to the site and improved roadway connectivity supports the increase of development intensity and will provide the southern gateway into the City of Orlando.”
The consulting development team also includes GTC Engineering as civil engineer, Bio-Tech Consulting as environmental engineer and Traffic & Mobility Consultants.
Earlier this month a group of homeowners on Narcoossee Road – some of the last homeowners on Lake Whippoorwill – also petitioned for annexation and Urban Village land designation. Both cases are scheduled to go to the Municipal Planning Board on Oct. 20.