Multi-Family Residential Developments

The Packing District draws another luxury apartment development

Third Wave Development has filed plans for a 293-unit apartment building in The Packing District at 1900 Orange Blossom Trail.

The Packing District has drawn a third multifamily development application in the month of October, this time appropriately named Third Wave Development.

The firm, led by longtime Orlando developer Chuck Hollis, filed a Specific Parcel Master Plan application Monday for a 293-unit apartment community slated to rise on 3.8 acres at 1900 Orange Blossom Trail. The industrial property has been owned by Steward Properties LLC since 2005 and serves at the home of Northside Trucks.


The “Northside Yards” project is just outside the Packing District Planned Development and abuts the site of the proposed 350-unit apartment community at the southwest corner of Orange Blossom Trail and Princeton Street. That project would be the second phase by Texas-based Embrey Partners, which is now leasing The Cannery at the Packing District apartments at 2501 N. Orange Blossom Trail.

The five-story building would have two amenity courtyards and a dog park along Diversified Way. The design incorporates a dozen different materials for the exterior finishes.

The proposed 1900 Northside apartments would feature a five-story building with an attached parking garage and two interior amenity courtyards. The development site extends to Diversified Way and contemplates the existing rail spur being converted into a multi-use trail. The primary access would be via Strobel Avenue, which would be reconstructed as a complete street with enhanced sidewalks and on-street parking. The developer is seeking a 6% parking reduction due to the project being a tenth of a mile from a Lynx bus stop.


VHB filed the application on behalf of Third Wave Development and its affiliate, La Corrida DLT. The planning firm served as civil engineer and landscape architect. Atlanta-based Dwell Design Studio is the architect of record. Dwell incorporated a dozen different materials for the exterior finishes; among them are three types of masonry, two types of metal siding, board and batten and wood-stained cementitious siding.

VHB’s Erika Hughes noted that the proposed density of 77 dwelling units per acre is allowed within the Urban Activity Center (AC-2/W) zoning. “Given its current land use designations and due to its proximity to the approved Packing District project, we believe this master plan is consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan and is compatible to the surrounding area,” she wrote.

The project follows the original vision of the master developer, Dr. Phillips Charities, to transform the 202-acre industrial area into a population center with a vibrant mix of residential, civic and commercial uses.

“We have always hoped and expected that the success of the Packing District would lead to the surrounding properties improving, and this is yet another example,” Dr. Phillips Charities CEO Ken Robinson told GrowthSpotter.

Construction is underway on The Packing District Park and Orlando Tennis Centre. The regional park features a pond overlook, a 40-acre urban farm, sports fields, a pavilion, an entertainment stage, scenic walking and jogging trails, and more.

The YMCA of Central Florida broke ground in September on a new 24,500-square-foot family center at the intersection of Princeton and N. Texas Avenue. Next door to the Y, Toll Brothers launched sales on Oct. 5 for its luxury townhouse community, The Brix at the Packing District. The temporary sales office is at 3025 Edgewater Dr. in College Park. The Brix onsite sales center and two townhome models will open in early 2022.

Meanwhile, the owners of Princeton Commerce Center, an 83,750-square-foot warehouse complex at the corner of Princeton Street and Texas Avenue, are also seeking approval for a new mixed-use planned development on their 10-acre site. The goal is to entitle the property and then put it on the market.

Jim Hall with HDSi has submitted a framework master plan that creates a pair of mixed-use residential buildings with a maximum height of 100 feet, structured parking and allowances for 600 residential units. A new east-west road would bisect the project, which would have apartment buildings on either side, and would provide cross access to the new YMCA facility next door. Up to 20,000 square feet of combined office and retail uses would occupy the ground floors of the buildings, fronting on the new thru road. The project would be divided into two phases with each able to function as stand-alone developments.


Vertical construction on a new 27,512-square-foot Publix will begin in mid-2022 on the site of the original Dr. Phillips packing house at the northeast corner of Princeton and Orange Blossom Trail.

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