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Lennar eyes land near the stalled Errol Estate mixed-use community in Apopka

Developer Signature H Property Group attempted to transform the shuttered Errol Estate Golf Course into glitzy new master-planned community, but a jumble of legal disputes between the developer, contractors and the golf course owner has deeply delayed the project and may have nixed plans altogether.
Developer Signature H Property Group attempted to transform the shuttered Errol Estate Golf Course into glitzy new master-planned community, but a jumble of legal disputes between the developer, contractors and the golf course owner has deeply delayed the project and may have nixed plans altogether. (Signature H Property Group)

At least one land owner near to the stalled Errol Estate Golf Course redevelopment in Apopka is taking advantage of the city’s growing property values, as more and more development heads west in Orange County.

Land owners Lawrence and Stacey Fisher are working with Lennar Homes to develop a 120-unit single-family home subdivision on a roughly 45-acre site they own on the southwest corner of West Lester Road and Schopke Lester Road.

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According to a submitted pre-application plan in Orange County, the subdivision is called Rhett’s Ridge in dedication to the couple’s late son Rhett Fisher, who passed away in 2014.

Jacksonville-based Connelly & Wicker Inc. is the project manager.

Representatives at Lennar were not immediately available to comment. The company is developing several subdivisions throughout Central Florida, including its 528-unit Southern Oaks residential community in Osceola County.

Lennar Homes just got a permit to start work on the first 300 homes in Southern Oaks, and M/I Homes is under contract for a townhouse project across the street.

The Apopka land it has under contract consists of four parcels that are all owned by the Fishers. Currently, the property is mostly woodlands, and features a manufactured home and a 2,050-square-foot single-family residence.

Records show the property has belonged to the Fisher family for at least two generations. Relative Eleanor Fisher previously owned a majority of the land.

The 45 acres lie east of S.R. 429, which stretches around the western Orlando metropolitan area between I-4 in northwest Osceola County and S.R. 46 at Mount Plymouth in Lake County.

Just west of the proposed Rhett’s Ridge subdivision, Celebration-based Signature H Property Group attempted to transform the shuttered Errol Estate Golf Course into glitzy new master-planned community, but a jumble of legal disputes between contractors and affiliated businesses of the golf course’s current property owners, 5th Hole Investments LLC (which is led by representatives of the Estate of Julian Klein), and New Errol Partners LLC (which is tied to Signature H Property Group), has deeply delayed the project and may have nixed plans altogether.

Learn where this developer stands in its pre-construction process, and opportunity ahead for contractors and subs across the board.

As previously reported by GrowthSpotter, the project would span over 400 acres, featuring a 25,000-square-foot Staghorn clubhouse, 40-room boutique Staghorn Lodge hotel, two-acre water park, outdoor trails and park space, up to 261 new homes (67 single-family, 194 townhomes), and a 240-unit assisted living facility.

But plans for the first phase, including a new community road, rebuilding nine holes of the golf course, and the construction of the clubhouse, water park and residences, were never initiated.

Multiple lawsuits filed in Osceola and Orange counties between involved parities continue, and several liens have been filed on the property.

In July, a judgement filed in the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida ruled 5th Hole Investments LLC, New Errol Partners LLC and Helmut Wyzisk III, vice president of the Signature H Property Group, owed contractor Clark Construction more than $71,660 in damages and other fees for breaching a contract on site work done at the golf course.

In 2018, Wyzisk addressed the suspended operations of the New Errol Project on the community website nextdoor.com saying: “It does not appear 5th Hole intends to comply with our agreements... These unfortunate circumstances are not what we envisioned for this project."

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