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Land near the Wekiva Parkway interchange at Kelly Park Road is being assembled for major residential development

Clearwater developer Mike Galvin is putting together a 205-acre master plan that features more than 1,000 dwelling units made up of single-family homes, townhomes and apartments.
Clearwater developer Mike Galvin is putting together a 205-acre master plan that features more than 1,000 dwelling units made up of single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. (City of Apopka/GrowthSpotter)

Clearwater developer Mike Galvin is helping put together a 205-acre master plan in Apopka that has the potential to introduce more than 1,000 residential dwelling units to the area.

Over the last couple of months, two companies led by Galvin (Kelly Park Land Investments LLC and Galvin Land Services LLC) have purchased about 180 acres between Effie Drive and Round Lake Road, just north of Kelly Park Road.

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In total, Galvin has spent about $30 million on the land assemblage. He told GrowthSpotter the assemblage is for the first phase of a large master plan that’s currently in the early planning stages with the city.

The proposed development program for the Kelly Park Property Master Plan features 741 dwelling units across a mix of single-family home lots, alley lots and alley townhome lots. The development matrix breaks down to 117 townhomes (22-foot-wide); 112 alley-loaded, 32-foot-wide lots; and 512 street-loaded 52-foot-wide lots.

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The proposed Kelly Park Property Master Plan is situated between Effie Drive and Round Lake Road, just north of Kelly Park Road.
The proposed Kelly Park Property Master Plan is situated between Effie Drive and Round Lake Road, just north of Kelly Park Road. (City of Apopka/Orange County Property Appraiser)

Plans show the residential neighborhood will include a large 32-acre stormwater retention pond at its center that features a 2-acre amenity center park and surrounding walking trails that will connect to Ondich Road to the north and Kelly Park Road to the south.

Galvin said he’s currently negotiating with several homebuilders for the first phase of the master plan.

The homebuilder is planning a 175-unit single-family home subdivision on about 50 acres between the Wekiva Parkway (S.R. 429) and Plymouth Sorrento Road.

Meanwhile, a possible second phase listed in plans would allow for up to 300 multifamily units on an additional roughly 13 acres that are not currently owned by one of Galvin’s companies.

Kathy Hattaway with Poulos & Bennett is the assigned planner and civil engineer listed in the plans.

The property sits within the hot Kelly Park Interchange District market, where a number of homebuilders are active including Hanover Land Co., Toll Brothers and D.R. Horton.

Earlier this summer GrowthSpotter reported that Pulte Homes was behind plans to build a 175-unit single-family home subdivision on about 50 acres between S.R. 429 and Plymouth Sorrento Road, south of Joey McGuckin Road.

Toll Brothers is building a 124-unit Oaks at Kelly Park single-family home community on Park Ridge Street and Kelly Park Road. Meanwhile, Hanover is planning a 114-lot subdivision on about 40 acres at 4532, 4622 and 4630 West Kelly Park Road.

Lake Wales City Commissioners will vote on the four separate subdivision requests on June 15.

D.R. Horton was one of the first homebuilders active in the area with its 152-lot subdivision Bridle Path, east of Plymouth Sorrento Road and north of Kelly Park Road. Earlier this year, the homebuilder launched plans to expand its community by an additional 200 homes just south of the Bridle Path community.

Nearby, Publix recently opened a store location in a new shopping center on the southwest corner of Kelly Park Road and Plymouth-Sorrento Road.

Galvin is known for putting together large assemblages of land and entitling the property for residential development.

Last year, he sold a 224-lot subdivision to Lennar Homes in Leesburg for more than $2 million. The roughly 75-acre property is situated between County Road 44 and Radio Road, north of Silver Lake in Leesburg.

Galvin is known to partner with veteran developer Tom Chapman. The duo has been a major supplier for D.R. Horton, having developed multiple communities across the Four Corners submarket for the builder. These include Tanglewood Preserve and Summers Corner, a 166-lot subdivision on the north side of Dunson Road.

The partners also developed the 233-lot Estates of Westerly in St. Cloud by D.R. Horton and Richmond American Homes.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 491-3357, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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