D.R. Horton has finalized a deal with Publix to anchor a new 44-acre village center in its Waterleigh master-planned community in Horizon West.
The homebuilder initially filed plans for the village center at the main entrance to the 3,600-home community in 2018 with entitlements for 125,000 square feet of retail space and nearly 80,000 square feet of office space at the southwest corner of Avalon Road and Flamingo Crossings Boulevard.
D.R. Horton Central Florida Division President Donna Pope announced the plans in a release Monday and said that the developer is working through Orange County’s development process, but updated plans have yet to be submitted.
The Lakeland-based grocer is under contract to build a 49,000-square-foot supermarket with attached inline retail in the village center. The retail plaza would front on Avalon Road and would have access to the community nature walk trail system that interconnects other lifestyle park amenities. It would also be located in close proximity to The Summit amenity center, which is home to a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a resort-style pool and kids water feature, outdoor covered pavilion, sports field, tennis and beach volleyball.
“We are pleased and excited to be a part of this growing and vibrant community and look forward to providing Waterleigh residents with superior products and legendary service our customers have been accustomed to for 90 years,” Publix spokesman Dwaine Stevens said in the release.
Florida’s dominant grocery store company, Publix has several new stores in the pipeline for Central Florida, including locations in the Hills of Minneola community and in Davenport, just outside of ChampionsGate. The grocer also recently filed plans to demolish and rebuild its store in the Suncrest Village neighborhood center near the University of Central Florida.
The village center development plan also sets aside 28.7 acres on the western portion of the property for a 383-unit apartment community.
DHI Communities, a wholly owned subsidiary of D.R. Horton, just wrapped construction on Ascend Waterleigh, a 354-unit apartment community at the northeast quadrant of the intersection that was built in two phases. The Texas-based company filed a Development Plan in February for a third phase of the community, which encompasses another 300 multifamily units on 16 acres. The sister community would have its own pool and clubhouse, according to the site plan created by VHB.
Meanwhile, the village center is slated to get even more apartments. Titan Western Beltway, an affiliate of Winter Park-based Titan Properties, recently filed a Change Determination Review for its own village center at the southeast corner of Avalon and Flamingo Crossings Boulevard. Titan sold 18.9 acres to Tennessee-based TDK Construction Company last October for $9 million, and that developer is currently building the 340-unit Vintage Horizon West community.
Titan controls another 15.7 acres which was entitled for 89 townhomes. The CDR filed by Poulos & Bennett seeks to convert the townhouse entitlements to 275 multifamily units and 2.3-acre commercial lot for a 100,000-square-foot self-storage facility.
Titan Principal Dell Avery told GrowthSpotter he doesn’t have prospective buyers for either parcel, but he felt the site was better suited for apartments because of the proximity to retail and the widening of Avalon Road to four lanes.
“That really is the commercial center for Village H, and I thought it made better sense to have more density,” Avery said.