Unicorp's Whittall talks retail plans, apartment community at O-Town West

Unicorp National Developments has filed the first of what will be several new conceptual plans for the massive O-Town West mixed-use development.

Unicorp CEO Chuck Whittall told GrowthSpotter he's planning a variety of high-end apartment types that would be constructed over multiple phases. The 10-story tower, dubbed "The Glass House," would overlook a man-made lagoon, and would have a variety of units sizes ranging from micro-units to penthouses. The community also would have multi-story, garden-style apartments and townhomes. 

"It's going to feel more like a luxury, gated community," he said. "It's going to be a modern, contemporary style. Probably 1,500 or 1,600 units overall."

The first phase, which includes the tower, would have roughly 800 units, multiple pools, jogging trails, dog parks and amenities, and a resort-style clubhouse with a restaurant.

He's working with Michigan-based Krieger Klatt Architecture, which has designed several mixed-use developments in the Detroit area.

On Monday, Kimley-Horn filed a Development Plan with Orange County for the first 14.5 acres of retail in Village at O-Town West. The quadrant at the intersection of Palm Parkway and Daryl Carter Boulevard would be anchored by a 24,000-square-foot specialty grocer. 

The site plan shows seven additional buildings, ranging in size, up to 12,000 square feet. The total building area for the parcel is just under 80,000 square feet. The only confirmed tenant, so far, is Wawa.

"We're talking to grocery stores, we're talking to movie theaters. We've got a bunch of retail tenants we're very close to signing leases with," Whittall said. 

Zyscovich Architects is designing the retail portion and submitted an elevation for one of the multi-tenant retail buildings. 

Whittall said O-Town West would include a boardwalk with shops and restaurants offering outdoor experiences and overlooking a body of water with “water shows” featuring jet fountains and lights throughout the day. He likened the entertainment to a former Orlando attraction called Dancing Waters. 

In addition to the O-Town West, Whittall is currently in negotiations to buy and redevelop Orlando Fashion Square mall. He's also developing more retail and hotels around the I-Drive 360 complex in International Drive.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at lkinsler@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-6261, or tweet me at @LKinslerOGrowth. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Copyright © 2018, GrowthSpotter
70°