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An aerial view of where the Aloma United Methodist Church site is located and nearby developments.
An aerial view of where the Aloma United Methodist Church site is located and nearby developments. (Foundry Commercial)

A shuttered church site in Winter Park is under contract with the luxury apartment developer Epoch Residential.

The Aloma United Methodist Church at 3045 Aloma Ave. closed it doors about a month ago, after putting its nearly 7-acre site on the market unpriced with Foundry Commercial around March and eventually luring in Epoch Residential.

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According to a Land Use Plan application submitted in Orange County, Epoch is looking to convert the church site into a 241-unit garden-style multifamily community on the corner of North Semoran Boulevard and Aloma Avenue.

Currently zoned for single-family development, the property would have to be rezoned to Planned Development and granted a Medium Density Residential land use designation in order for Epoch to move forward with plans.

A layout of the current 7-acre church property, which consists of seven buildings.
A layout of the current 7-acre church property, which consists of seven buildings. (Foundry Commercial)

Madden, Moorhead & Stokes, Inc. is the civil engineer.

Built in the 1970s, the Aloma United Methodist Church consists of seven buildings totaling about 32,800 square feet. Foundry’s Matt Messier, Andy Hawkins, Brett Hartung and Joey Blakley are representing the sellers.

Epoch Residential has several luxury projects in the works throughout Central Florida, including about 450 apartments under construction in Kissimmee that will be split between a 296-unit multifamily community and a separate 152-unit active adult community, both east of Dyer Boulevard and south of Osceola Parkway in The Loop submarket.

Last year, it completed its 293-unit Maitland Station transit-oriented development, which lies on the border of Winter Park and Maitland at 955 N. Orlando Ave., adjacent to the nearby SunRail station. It sold a similar transit-oriented development in Lake Mary in 2015 for $35 million. The developer had completed the 200-unit Station House Apartments just two years prior before trading the development.

A rendering of Epoch Residential's clubhouse within its multi-phase project in Kissimmee now under construction.
A rendering of Epoch Residential's clubhouse within its multi-phase project in Kissimmee now under construction. (Epoch Residential)

The company also has plans to build 250 apartments in Orlando’s tourism corridor near Lake Ruby and south of Daryl Carter Parkway. Epoch Residential paid Daryl M. Carter $7.5 million to acquire the 10-acre property in August 2018.

The firm has developed more than 37,000 multi-family units and managed over 100,000 units across the nation in states like Florida and California, according to its website.

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