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Plans to redevelop EastWood golf course have resurfaced amid announcement to close

A majority of the subject parcels highlighted in white will be redeveloped to support a new 304 single-family subdivision.
A majority of the subject parcels highlighted in white will be redeveloped to support a new 304 single-family subdivision. (Orange County Property Appraiser/GrowthSpotter)

Orlando-based Benge Development Corporation is looking to redevelop a portion of the golf course it built decades ago alongside its very first master-planned community.

The EastWood Planned Development consists of about 1,200 acres, which include several large residential communities, a Publix-anchored neighborhood center and the fairways of the EastWood Golf Club at 13950 Golfway Boulevard.

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BDC bought the land in 1993 and entitled the land use so it may support up to 2,320 residential dwelling units and 100,000 square feet of commercial space. The new plan would mean the community will reach its maximum buildout.

The multifamily community is being planned to rise on about 14.5 acres south of the golf course’s ninth hole and west of the clubhouse.

Single-family subdivisions in the PD feature proximity to the EastWood Golf Club with some homes boasting views of the golf course, but that may no longer be.

At a community meeting last month, golf course owners announced their intention to close the facility in August. The decision comes years after the owners wrestled with the rising expense of maintaining greens against the diminishing revenue of the golf course.

A Land Development Plan filed in Orange County shows BDC intends to take control of 72.5 acres of land, including existing golf course grounds.

The developer is seeking to build a 304-lot, single-family home subdivision. Jim Hall of Hall Development Services is the consultant and Hal Kantor of Lowndes is providing legal services.

In order to move forward with the project, BDC is requesting to allocate previously approved uses in the PD to count toward portions of the golf course.

Find out what's coming in this $100+ million project in Leesburg, right next door to the regional hospital.

The community meeting last month drew about 1,000 people from Eastwood, and many disapproved of the plans. Residents aired concerns over traffic, flooding and schools overcrowding.

In 2015, the golf course owners attempted to launch a similar development. Their goal was to redevelop EastWood Golf Club into a mixed-use community with 300 homes and 70,000 square feet of commercial space, but those plans fell through.

Last year, GrowthSpotter reported plans by form Eden Multifamily to build 250 apartments on part of the Stoneybrook East Golf Club located just 1.3 miles south of EastWood Golf Club.

BDC is also behind a proposed 130-acre mixed-use community in Apopka and a 50-acre medical mixed-use campus next to Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Polk County.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-5427, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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