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Crosland Southeast preps vacant land in Orlando’s MetroWest neighborhood for apartments

A prototype rendering for the proposed multifamily community in Orlando's MetroWest sub-market by Summit Engineering and Design.
A prototype rendering for the proposed multifamily community in Orlando's MetroWest sub-market by Summit Engineering and Design. (City of Orlando)

Real estate development company Crosland Southeast is eyeing vacant land in Orlando’s MetroWest neighborhood for a newly proposed multifamily community.

Recently submitted development plans show, Crosland wants to build up to 320 apartments on about 17.4 acres of land on the northwest corner of Carter Street and S. Kirkman Road.

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The site consists of multiple parcels owned by a single entity called SGD Joint Venture.

The holding company is tied to real estate investor Douglas Doudney. Records show Doudney has owned an interest in the property since 1997.

Highlighted in blue are the 17.4 acres being prepped by Crosland for a proposed 320 apartment community.
Highlighted in blue are the 17.4 acres being prepped by Crosland for a proposed 320 apartment community. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

David Gastel with LandDesign submitted plans in Orlando last month on behalf of Crosland. The urban design and planning company also provides civil engineering and landscape architecture solutions.

Plans for the project, dubbed the Hudson Apartments, are set to go before a city Technical Review Group meeting in June. The development team includes Group 4 Design and Summit Contracting.

A submitted site plan shows the development will consist of 10, three- and four-story apartment buildings, in addition to a leasing center and amenity building. Other features depicted in plans include a pool, recreational park and separate dog park.

Crosland declined to comment on the story, citing pans were too early in the development stages.

The company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina with office locations in Raleigh and Orlando.

In Central Florida, the firm is also proposing to develop up to 350 apartments along the future Westwood Boulevard extension and Vistana Palm Beach Drive in Orlando’s tourism corridor.

The Hudson Street property was previously under contract to Winter Park-based affordable housing developer American Residential Development, which had proposed building a pair of its “Madison” branded senior housing towers there. ARD ultimately selected a different location for its Madison Landing project and plans to start construction this year on the first tower.

Orlando’s MetroWest submarket hasn’t received much new apartment inventory in the past decade, but that’s likely to change thanks to the area’s proximity to Valencia College West Campus and Universal Orlando’s growing theme park portfolio.

Nearby, Georgia-based multifamily developer RISE: A Real Estate Company paid $10.6 million for land on the northwest corner of Raleigh Street and S. Kirkman Road with plans to develop a new luxury apartment complex called West Vue.

Just across the site, Equinox Development Properties recently completed the Kirkman Station shopping plaza, which is anchored by a two-story, 38,000-square-foot 24 Hour Fitness.

The area has also captured the attention of New York-based Blackstone Group, which recently paid for $90.5 million for a 456-unit rental community at 6101 Raleigh Street.

The 25.75-acre property includes 18 three-story garden style buildings that date to 1998. Blackstone purchased the neighboring Amara at MetroWest apartments in 2019 for $72.8 million.

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