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Property owners near a growing area of Apopka seek rights to build more than 180 homes

Cascades at Marden, a newly proposed subdivision with 101 single-family homes and 80 townhomes, sits near other developments proposed in Apopka.
Cascades at Marden, a newly proposed subdivision with 101 single-family homes and 80 townhomes, sits near other developments proposed in Apopka. (Orange County Property Appraiser/City of Apopka)

More homes are being prepped in the Apopka submarket.

Shridhar Rao, president of LandSmart Consultants, just submitted a Preliminary Review Item in Orange County seeking guidance on a proposed 181-lot subdivision. The conceptual project, dubbed Cascades at Marden, includes a mix of 101 single-family homes and 80 townhomes.

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The 40.5-acre property is located southeast of where Marden Road intersects with Ocoee-Apopka Road, near the AdventHealth Apopka hospital.

Marden Properties Inc., led by Ann Carr, along with the late Daniel Carr, founder of the Apopka-based construction company Southland Construction Inc., is the current owner. Records show the company has held onto the land since the 1980s.

The developer is seeking to build townhomes in Horizon West and a large 225-unit residential community with a mix of townhomes and single-family homes in Apopka.

Rao was not immediately available for comment.

The project is a potential land grab for eager homebuilders or a deal already in the works by one trying to lock down the location.

Conceptual plans show a residential subdivision with 55-foot wide single-family home lots and 24-foot wide townhome unit lots, grouped together in clusters of four. The submitted site plan features a dog park and mentions a children’s playground.

Application material also suggests the project would be built in two phases.

The current owner is the latest longtime landholder in the area to prep their property for future sale and development.

Just south of the property, M/I Homes is under contract to purchase about 70 acres from Demetree Global with plans to build a 225-unit residential community along the John Land Apopka Expressway (S.R. 414). That project is also expected to feature a mix of single-family homes and townhomes.

Dual apartment complexes are being planned around a certain lake in Apopka, less than a mile away from the AdventHealth Apopka hospital.

Immediately west of Marden Road, Ohio-based NM Residential has plans to build a 264-unit multifamily community called Summer House. The property is part of a large master-planned community, which includes 272-unit Marden Ridge Apartments and a new K-12 Central Florida Preparatory School.

Much of the new development in the area follows the completion of a half-diamond interchange, west of Marden Road on the north and south sides of S.R. 414, and the construction of the $200 million AdventHealth Apopka hospital, completed in 2017.

In the area, Park Square Homes is in the middle of developing the second phase of its Emerson Park (105 townhomes) residential community.

South of the hospital, dual apartment complexes are being planned on the estates of former citrus growers around Medicine Lake.

Nearby to that, roughly 43 acres tied to Bert and Barbara Roper, whose family members were former citrus production moguls in Apopka, are also being prepped for development. The site at 1252 S. Binion Rd. is being looked at by Spring Hill, Tennessee-based JCF Living, which specializes in single-family rentals.

D.R. Horton is developing a separate Build-for-Rent community close by.

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