Final approvals were granted on April 11 by Apopka's City Council for a rezoning, Master Plan filing and large-scale Comprehensive Plan amendment for the New Errol project, with an estimated 400 residents in attendance at the Apopka Community Center for the public meeting.
The developer expedited its start to golf course renovation earlier this month in anticipation of that council approval. Trees, debris and golf cart paths have started to be removed from parts of the course in anticipation of earth work and grading to reshape the terrain.
New Errol's construction manager, Karotech Construction Group, is prequalifying contractors and subcontractors now in all aspects of the project from site-work to finishes.
Mass grading efforts are intended to start in July of this year, vice president Helmut Wyzisk III told GrowthSpotter. Architectural drawings are underway and can be used for value engineering purposes as early as next month.
Located between Errol Parkway and Vick Road in Apopka, the Errol Estates property has struggled financially as a golf course in recent years.
Master Plan calls for a new 25,000-square-foot Staghorn clubhouse with underground golf cart barn, restaurant, boutique 40-room Staghorn Lodge hotel, a 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 (180 units standard, and a 60-unit skilled care section for acute rehab).
The Phase 1 DP should include the cut-in of a new entrance off of Vick Road, the clubhouse, aquatic amenity, the lodge, 90 initial home lots and part of the assisted living facility.
Wyzisk III said in late March that when those Phase 1 DP approvals are earned, the developer could pursue construction permits and break ground by late in the fourth quarter.
Mass grading on Phase 1 segments of the property, vertical construction on Phase 1 buildings and renovation of the remaining 18-hole golf course should be underway by year's end, he added.
Veteran commercial real estate developer Helmut J. Wyzisk, Jr. was brought in by the course and country club's owner in late 2015 to save the property from default. In Spring 2016, Wyzisk's team arrived at an economic model to redevelop vast portions with new commercial anchors and residential, while elevating the golf course's status.
Last October, the "New Errol" Planned Unit Development Master Plan and Future Land Use amendment earned approval from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.