As townhomes and apartments take shape within Tyson Ranch — a mixed use community in the works on 75 acres just south of the Orlando International Airport — the developer is looking to extend the boundaries of the project in order to add more multi-family housing units.
Maitland-based developer Ralph Singleton has filed a pre-application request to Orange County gauging the possibility of expanding Tyson Ranch another 8.4 acres, consuming adjacent property to the north. The application also seeks to rezone that extra acreage to allow for future apartments.
“There’s quite a bit of development interest in that corridor,” said Thomas Daly, president and owner of Daly Design Group. The urban planning and engineering firm is listed as the applicant on the paperwork submitted to the county.
The Tyson Ranch PD is located at 14700 and 14730 Boggy Creek Rd. If the expansion is granted, it would also include the property at 14646 Boggy Creek Rd that was purchased in 2020 for $3.3 million by Orlando Airport Property, LLC, a company affiliated with Singleton Development.
Singleton paid $5.15 million for the current Tyson Ranch tract in 2012. Used for 100 years as agricultural land located five miles from the airport, Singleton unveiled intentions in 2015 to transform the space into mixed-use development.
Luxury multifamily real estate firm Bainbridge Companies is approved to build a 324-unit apartment complex within the Tyson Ranch PD/Land Use Plan subdivision.
In 2020, a Preliminary Subdivision Plan application filed in Orange County unveiled plans by M/I Homes to build 320, two-story townhomes on about 36 acres of Singleton’s land. These are under construction, according to a YouTube video posted by the home builder.
In 2021, plans emerged for the construction of a three-story self-storage facility. That project was approved by the county’s development review commission on April 4 and will be lead by Windermere-based The Huber Group.
The townhome community is the largest component of the mixed-use project.
In addition, the 75-acre mixed-use project features entitlements for up to 250 hotel rooms and more than 187,000 square feet of commercial, storage and office space.
Amid all of the growth, Orange County is moving toward widening a 1.1 mile stretch of Boggy Creek Road from the Orange/Osceola County Line to just south of SR 417. Construction is expected to cost the county $10.4 Million, with anticipated completion in the third quarter of 2024, according to Kenneth Leeming with the county’s public works division.
The infrastructure improvement in the area could drive more development activity, said Daly, noting that as a factor in plans to extend the footprint of Tyson Ranch.
“It’s s primarily happening now as the county moves toward plans to widen Boggy Creek Road,” he said.
Just to the north of the Tyson Ranch PD, housing developer D.R. Horton has a couple of projects in the works: the 100-acre Wetherbee Acres project and the Ward Property PD, which calls for 660 multi-family units, 166 townhomes, 160 senior housing units, 150,000 square feet of retail use and 150,000 square feet of office uses.
South of Tyson Ranch, Birmingham-based Arlington Properties is currently building one of its Tapestry-branded apartment communities.