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Orlando businessman looking to bring new assisted living facility in Davenport

A new assisted living facility is being proposed on a the rapidly developing Davenport Boulevard corridor.

According to an application filed in the Southwest Florida Water Management District, entity Davenport Senior Living LLC, led by businessman Jitendra Patel, is seeking to build 53-bed assisted living facility on the south side of Davenport Boulevard, between Orchid Drive and Highway 27.

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If approved, the Serene Living Facility project would rise on about five acres of former citrus groves that is currently owned by a land trust being represented by law firm Manzo & Associates. The trust paid $350,000 for the property in December.

A site plan shows the proposed project would feature a 42,210-square-foot assisted living center, positioned behind two ponds that would front Davenport Boulevard at the project's entrance.

Askey Hughey is the civil engineer. Modica & Associates was the environmental consultant.

The site lies near the Haines City and Davenport boundary line, and Polk County's Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center.

City Planner Raymond Perez previously told GrowthSpotter the boulevard between U.S. 27 and U.S. 17-92 is rapidly transforming from an agricultural area to a residential corridor with approvals now for more than 1,000 single family homes and a mixed-use townhouse development, called Champion Center.

Last October the city rezoned 119.5 acres of citrus groves right on U.S. 17-92 for a new 457-lot subdivision by Cassidy Organization.

A Pulte brand, Centex, is now actively developing Citrus Isle, a 204-lot subdivision on Davenport Boulevard. And just just north of Ridge Community High School, D.R. Horton and Dream Finders Homes are in pre-sales for Orchid Grove, which will have 369 homes at completion.

D.R. Horton is also poised to bring 550 homes on the west side of U.S. 27 as part of a new subdivision on Massee Road on the former Lake Charles Resort.

Patel could not be reached for comment.

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