As the environmental cleanup of the former Pinecastle Jeep Range in Southeast Orlando continues, the Brunetti Organization is moving forward with development plans for the 536-acre site at Narcoossee Road and the Beachline Expressway (S.R. 528).
Brunetti has applied to rezone the acreage formerly known as Brunetti South/Bal Bay, just south of the future Vista Park project into its own mixed-use district called Torrey Preserve. Brunetti is seeking PD zoning with entitlements for 1,000 residential units, 208,600 square feet of office uses, 300 hotel rooms and nearly 1.4 million square feet of commercial space in the district.
VHB Entitlements Specialist Erika Hughes also submitted a framework master plan that creates a road network with connections to Randal Park to the east and an extension of S. Econlockhatchee Trail with a flyover bridge crossing S.R. 528 that provides a north-south alternative to Narcoossee Road and links the community to Vista Park.
Vista Park is entitled for up to 4,300 houses and apartments, 20,000 square feet of office space and 80,000 square feet of retail space. Last year the Orlando City Council approved a developers agreement with Brunetti that includes $31 million city funding to expand road networks, including the S. Econ Trail extension up to S.R. 528.
The Torrey Preserve framework master plan creates 16 lots within the mixed-use district with various uses and intensities. Hughes told GrowthSpotter the plan follows the future land uses that were assigned to those areas in 2004.
The lots east of S. Econ Trail, closest to Randal Park, would allow low density residential uses, while the more intense uses would front on Narcoossee Road and west of the new road extension.
“We tried to respect the current future land use of Urban Activity Center and Mixed Use Medium Intensity,” Hughes said. “The framework was set up to be as flexible as possible, so each pod could do a mix of residential and non-residential uses."
Areas within the designated Activity Center pods should be developed over time utilizing an urban form with surface parking behind the buildings, a variety of architectural styles and pedestrian connections to parks and commercial plazas.
The master plan identifies a site for a future K-12 charter school in the northwest corner of the site, adjacent to the Reserve at the Beachline apartments, and Hughes said a Specific Parcel Master Plan for the school would be filed in the near future.
Hughes submitted a SPMP for Lot 11, located in the southwest quadrant of the property, for a 284-unit apartment complex. The roadway phasing begins there, as well. The project calls for a mix of 4-story garden apartment buildings with detached garages and 2-story carriage style units with garage parking.
“For now, we’re just focusing on the multifamily,” Hughes said.
Winter Park-based P.A.C. Land Development is the buyer-developer for the roughly 20-acre site, and they’re calling the project “Mallory Square.” The buildings are designed by Forum Architecture.
The framework master plan divides the district into four primary phases, with the Econ Trail flyover as the final stage. A designated office park would be located along the roadway with visibility from the Beachline.
The PD zoning, framework and multifamily master plan are tentatively scheduled to go the city’s Municipal Planning Board on June 23.
Meanwhile, Brunetti’s contractors are continuing the voluntary cleanup of the Vista Park site. Buffalo Restoration issued a notice last week that it would be conducting controlled detonations under the approved “blow in place” guidelines established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. A survey of the property revealed a total of 3,333 pieces of unexploded ordnance on the site.
Earlier this year Brunetti sold 243 acres with prime frontage along State Road 417 to Dalfen Industrial for $15.5 million. Dalfen expects to break ground this month on the Vista Commerce Park, which is entitled for over 3 million square feet of industrial space.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated to include additional details about the Mallory Square apartments.