A St. Cloud man is seeking to turn two trailer parks in southeast Orlando into a residential/business center that will include nearly 100,000 square feet of commercial/retail space and 250 apartments.
Abdulrahman Al Helayel has petitioned the City of Orlando to annex 45 acres from Orange County in hopes that the city's land use rules will be more accommodating to the kind of development he is seeking.
The swath of land, between Narcoossee Road and Lake Whippoorwill would also contain 70 townhomes and 30,000 square feet of office space under Helayel's plans.
The area where Helayel wants to build has been the subject of protests by area residents who have been watching Orlando take in annexations and allow more development. Orange County zoning in that area only allows one home for every two acres.