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Intram Investments plans new grocery-anchored retail center in Winter Garden

Intram Investments is taking over a commercial development site in Winter Garden.

The developer is planning to build about 53,000 square feet of retail space on 14 acres at 1200 Daniels Rd. and 1211 Winter Garden Vineland Rd. The property includes a possible future development site to the south.

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Carnahan Proctor & Cross is the civil engineer and surveyor, along with Jones Wood & Gentry.

Records show Intram paid $2 million for the property in late 2020.

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It was sold by developer Dan Roberts who originally envisioned a four-building, 64,680-square-foot business park on the property.

Intram’s plans to build a shopping center instead that will accommodate a 40,344-square-foot grocery store anchor and 13,000 square feet of space for other retail users. Intram’s Randy Hodge declined to name a possible anchor tenant.

He said much of the property is being used for wetlands preservation and storm water retention. “There likely will be a couple of future outparcels along Daniels Road, but that isn’t in our plans at this point.”

The property is designated Commercial (COM) on the Future Land Use Map and zoned C-2 Arterial Commercial District.

For years its previous owner tried building a business park on the property, but city planning officials were concerned about the impacts the dense development would have on wetlands.

Roberts also bought and entitled the property directly north of the proposed shopping center, which features a Fairwinds Credit Union bank, a Truist bank and a Burger King fast-food restaurant.

In 2016, Upshot Capital Advisors was under contract to purchase the development site from Roberts, with similar plans for a new retail development, but plans fell through.

Development activity has been picking up along West Colonial Drive in Winter Garden.

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Nearby, about two miles east on S.R. 50, neurosurgeon and real estate developer Dr. Ravi Gandhi is building a medical office project at 12323 W. Colonial Drive. And developer Dale Parsons is planning to build a Home2 Suites hotel at 12341 W. Colonial Drive as part of plans for his Peoples Plaza commercial center that will also feature a new 7-Eleven gas station.

Even closer by, a recently proposed commercial plaza features a new 4,000-square-foot Mainstreet Community Bank branch with a drive-through, as well as two commercial buildings. One office building spans 2,500 square feet and the second building furthest south spans 4,100 square feet.

Last year GrowthSpotter reported Paul Rountree, regional president and executive vice president at Mainstreet Community Bank, submitted applications seeking to rezone the property at and around 12962 W. Colonial Drive.

Intram is the master developer of Sunrise City, just south of the Orange County line. The company also owns a retail development site north of Universal Orlando’s planned Epic Universe theme park.

Further south in Orlando’s tourism corridor Intram put together roughly 80 acres of land between 2018 and 2019 for more than $18.6 million and has plans for retail and multifamily development. It recently partnered with the Bainbridge Companies on the multifamily portion.

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