Developer Dwight Saathoff is bringing in the PulteGroup to serve as the primary homebuilder within his 1,185-acre master-planned agri-hood community in east Orlando.
The Atlanta-based homebuilder is the first to be mentioned as part of plans for the mega-development referred to as “The Grow,” which will shape more than a thousand acres of pasture land between Lake Pickett Road and State Road 50 into a community inspired by the splendors of farm life.
In total, The Grow is entitled to feature 2,078 homes and 172,000 square feet of commercial space. Between that, the community will also feature 21 acres of community gardens, a 20-acre community park, 12 miles of recreational trails, edible landscaping, a street for farmers markets and a farm-to-table restaurant, among other agricultural amenities.
PulteGroup was mentioned in a recently submitted Preliminary Subdivision Plan seeking to subdivide 408 acres owned by Saathoff’s American Land Investments Of Orange County LLC on the southern portion of the master-planned community.
Plans call for constructing 701 single-family detached and 166 single-family attached residential dwelling units. Of the roughly 400 acres, 217 acres are developable.
Max Perlman, VP of land acquisition at PulteGroup, told GrowthSpotter the company intends to build townhomes and single-family one- and two-story homes. The PSP states the project will be developed in four phases. Lot widths for single-family homes will range from 34 feet to 125 feet.
“The project has excellent proximity and access to UCF, Central Florida Research Park, State Road 408 and Waterford Lakes Town Center, making it an attractive place to live,” he said. “The master amenities and agri-hood lifestyle will make The Grow a true one-of-a-kind community in Central Florida and Pulte looks forward to being a part of it.”
Saathoff with Project Finance & Development said plans for The Grow’s master infrastructure are currently under review and right behind it is the recently submitted PSP application that covers the southern portion of the project.
“There’s a high degree of collaboration between us,” he said. “It would be hard to bring in someone else after there’s been over a year of discussions, visioning sessions, and development of construction plans, budget and timing. We really wanted to have those discussions with one homebuilder.”
The first phase will consist of 300 homesites, setting the edges of the farm and starting to ready the soil, a working barn, a welcome center with adjacent café/bakery, the first couple of miles of the edible landscape trail, Saathoff said. He said he expects to be in the position to break ground next summer.
Banksville Of Florida Inc. is another major property owner in the community. Plans have not yet been submitted for its roughly 550 acres.
The Grow neighbors a sister master-planned neighborhood called Sustany, being developed by Columnar Investments. The community sits on former ranch lands east of the Econlockhatchee River and is entitled to feature nearly 2,000 new homes. Both the master-planned communities were proposed around the same time in 2015 and are also known, respectively, as Lake Pickett South and Lake Pickett North.
Pulte is bullishly growing its footprint throughout Central Florida.
To the east of S.R. 528, also in Orange County, the homebuilder is under contract to buy the residential portions of the roughly 1,500-acre Vista Park master-planned community, being developed in part by the Brunetti Organization.
Vista Park is entitled for up to 4,300 houses and apartments, 20,000 square feet of office space and 80,000 square feet of retail space. Pulte is awaiting final permit approvals for the first phase, a residential subdivision called Everbe. Pulte is also active in Lake Nona’s Laureate Park community.
In Seminole County, the homebuilder recently paid $3.7 million for land at 3110 Howell Branch Rd. where it plans to build a 138-unit single-family home community called Grayson Square.
In Osceola County, the homebuilder is currently selling homes at its Live Oak Lake community in St. Cloud. It also recently bought more land next to the community giving it the ability to add hundreds of additional homesites to the E192 corridor.
It’s also helping develop a 502-home subdivision on Poinciana Boulevard in Kissimmee. The builder also has plans to build a 286-unit townhome community on a 40-acre site just off Kissimmee’s W192 tourism corridor.
The company’s active adult division is developing a Del Webb branded community in Sunbridge.