An company tied to Orlando-based Pioneer Builders is moving forward with plans to develop a new luxury studio apartment in downtown Winter Garden.
Earlier this month, affiliated entity Sanctuary at Winter Garden LLC won its first round of rezoning approvals from Winter Garden city commissioners. The applicant is seeking to rezone a little more than an acre of property that was used for overflow municipal parking on the northeast corner of S. Main Street and E. Smith Street.
The rezoning to Planned Unit Development would allow the developer to build a 38-unit apartment building with a small cafe on the first floor. Plans call for a 45,750-square-foot apartment building with 28 single-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom apartments units ranging between 720 square feet to 1,030 square feet.
At the city commission meeting, City Manager Mike Bollhoefer said the cost for the units have not yet been determined, but units would be priced on the higher end. He added the units will not typically cater to families, and instead toward a younger working class that may want to be near a town center.
A majority of neighboring residents and business owners supported the project, at the meeting.
Early renderings show the exterior of the buildings will feature a Mediterranean Revival design style of architecture, with light-colored stucco and a full barrel tile roof.
All of the units will have access to a shared interior courtyard space. Tenants will be permitted one parking space per bedroom and the parking spaces will be numbered and assigned, including guest parking. Access to the parking lot will be off of Woodland Street.
Records show Sanctuary at Winter Garden LLC purchased the property in 2016 for $1 million.
The land sits less than a half-mile away from Plant Street Market in the Winter Garden Downtown Historic District, where the developer recently completed an upscale two- and three-story townhome community called Park Place at Winter Garden, located on the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Plant Street.
According to deeds recorded in Orange County, 30 of the 32 townhomes have sold thus far at the development for more than $15.28 million.
The developer is also behind The Brownstones at Thornton Park townhome development, built in 2016, with 28 townhomes on Summerlin Avenue, between Jackson and Mariposa Streets in Orlando.
Meanwhile in Winter Garden, a number of other developers are planning new projects in its historic district like Urban Hideaway Residential, a subsidiary of the eco-friendly product company CynerGreen, which is planning to develop nine luxury townhomes on a narrow, roughly one-acre site, located at 30 N. Park Avenue.
There, units will range from 2,225 square feet to 3,555 square feet under air. Prices begin at $629,000 for smaller units, while larger four-bedroom townhomes are asking close to $1 million.
The Winter Garden downtown district features a range of uses, including commercial, residential, institutional and mixed-use — all of which are located within close proximity to each other.
Last year, hotel developer JA Hospitality scored final approvals to develop a new boutique hotel in the area — the region’s first in nearly a century.
Nearby, the city’s old citrus packing plant is being repurposed to feature about 52,000 square feet of commercial space that will showcase food vendors. artisan retailers, a museum and art exhibits.