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Tavistock opted for suburban-style mid-rise apartments in the Village Center on Narcoossee road. These will be the first apartments built on the Poitras expansion of Lake Nona.
Tavistock opted for suburban-style mid-rise apartments in the Village Center on Narcoossee road. These will be the first apartments built on the Poitras expansion of Lake Nona. (Fugleberg Koch)

Tavistock Development Company has filed a master plan and hopes to break ground in fall of 2020 for the first apartments in the Poitras expansion of of its master-planned Lake Nona community.

The 306-unit garden-style apartment community will rise on a 19-acre site in the community’s Village Center directly behind the shops and restaurants along Narcoossee Road. The complex will have a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units with sizes ranging from 691 square feet to 1,358 square feet. The residential units would be spread among 11 buildings surrounding a large central pond with a fountain feature and amenity center.

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Tavistock made a deliberate choice to opt for 3-story buildings, as opposed to the taller complexes in Lake Nona Town Center, according to Vice President Ralph Ireland.

The 306-unit apartment complex will rise on 19 acres, immediately behind the shops and restaurants along Narcoossee Road.
The 306-unit apartment complex will rise on 19 acres, immediately behind the shops and restaurants along Narcoossee Road. (Langan)

“We provide a variety of housing options for our current and future residents, and garden-style apartments are one that is in high demand, especially for those families moving into the neighborhood as they wait for a new home to be built,” he said. “We are thoughtful about the way we plan for density in Lake Nona, generally being more dense the closer we are to Lake Nona Town Center and less dense further out.”

Project architect Fugleberg Koch selected a variation of the Florida vernacular through the implementation of white wood cladding, an application of board and batten, the exterior lighting package, and color palette of whites, blues, and greys.

The 6,622-square-foot clubhouse will include a hospitality area, leasing office, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, gaming area, coffee bar and dining areas, as well as an open work lounge with computer and print stations, flex seating, and “micro rooms” as an alternative work space. Additional amenities listed in the project narrative include a pool, dog park, kids play area, a basketball court, and grilling stations. A package delivery system and stand-alone mail kiosk offer residents easy access to incoming/outgoing mail and parcels. Residents will also have access to a car wash station.

The apartment complex will be built in the N-5 Village Center. Pulte is building 500 homes in the N-6 neighborhood. The N-4 neighborhood will have 124 estate homes on 70-foot lots.
The apartment complex will be built in the N-5 Village Center. Pulte is building 500 homes in the N-6 neighborhood. The N-4 neighborhood will have 124 estate homes on 70-foot lots. (Tavistock Development Group)

Langan, which maintains an office in Lake Nona, is the civil engineer and site surveyor. Ireland estimates the company will deliver the first residential units in late 2021. The unit breakdown is as follows: 42 small one-bedroom units, 60 one-bedroom units, 156 two-bedroom units and 48 three-bedroom units. The majority of parking is in surface lots, but a limited number of garages are available for rent, distributed across six locations on the subject site.

It’s been a year since Tavistock filed plans for an 11-story, 450-unit apartment building in Lake Nona Town Center, across from LandenHouse, that would be the community’s largest. But the developer has not advanced the project beyond the planning stage, Kunkle said.

The Poitras apartments will be the fourth residential community in the southern expansion of Lake Nona. Pulte paid $12 million in late 2018 for 500 homesites in Phase 1, which is approved for 2,734 residential units across its nearly 1,150 acres. The homebuilder will offer townhomes, bungalows, 50-foot and 60-foot wide lots in the neighborhood.

After finding an equity partner to team up with, South Florida-based Futura Development Company is ready to deliver an $80 million mixed-use project in the Lake Nona submarket.

Tavistock also has sought approvals for a 124-lot gated community with estate-size lots just west of the apartments, in the N-4 neighborhood.

Tavistock spokeswoman Karlee Kunkle said the company has not decided whether to include apartments in the “neighborhood center” along Luminary Boulevard, but another developer has already scored development permits for a 260-unit multifamily complex just south of the Pulte project.

Futura at Nona Cove will be part of a mixed-use development that also includes a self-storage facility and about 32,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.

Meanwhile, The Bainbridge Companies has two new luxury multifamily communities in the pipeline on Narcoossee Road on Lake Whippoorwill.

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