Foundry Commercial, the previous developer under contract to purchase and build the stalled Shoppes at Trelago project in Maitland, has stepped down leaving another developer to take its place.
Trelago master-planner Bill Battaglia, with the eponymous Battaglia Group,confirmedhe has another developer under contract for one of the commercial lots within the large master-planned community, but declined to disclose anymore information citing a confidentiality agreement.
“Foundry and their prospective tenants washed out last March as the result of COVID-19,” he said in an email response to GrowthSpotter. “Since then, I have negotiated a contract with a developer who has in tow a superior grocer.”
Foundry introduced its vision for the proposed Shoppes at Trelago project to city staff last year for review.
At the time, their conceptual plans called for more than 115,000 square feet of commercial uses across two lots on either side of Trelago Way, one of the main access roads into the roughly 70-acre Trelago mixed-use project.
Plans went before Maitland’s City Council with a recommendation of denial.
Concerns were raised about the parking ratio, number and location of potential unsupported access points and elevations not meeting design specifications regarding scale and character.
Maitland City Council members granted the applicant more time to work with the city’s Development Review Committee to resolve the issues, but during the continuance period Foundry’s contract expired and was not renewed, according to city records.
At a Maitland City Council meeting last week, members granted another requested extension of a due public hearing and action date.
City records state the allotted 60-day continuance period would allow the developer to secure lost leases of any previously interested tenants that may have backed out due to budget impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to continue working with DRC to resolve any planning concerns.
Only plans for the lot on the west side of Trelago Way (Phase 1) are currently in motion.
There, the developer intends to build about 63,130 square feet of retail and restaurant space, including two 4,000-square-foot out-parcels and a 39,000-square-foot anchor grocery store. Once the first phase is complete, Battaglia will focus on the second phase.
The new applicant is being represented by Brooks Stickler of Kimley-Horn.
The first and second phase of Shoppes at Trelago will be built on about 14 acres of land along W. Maitland Boulevard. Under the current allowances, the developer can build up to 150,000 square feet of restaurant/retail space with no more than 30,000 square feet of dedicated office use.
In addition to the retail center, the entire Trelago mixed-use development will consist of luxury apartments, a hotel and an upscale assisted living facility.
Early last year, Jacksonville-based Vestcor Companies paid $3.25 million for about six acres of land within the Trelago property with plans to develop a 117-unit senior living community. The developer broke ground on the project in March, according to a Notice of Commencement filed in Orange County.
The Trelago mixed-use project sits between Interstate 4 and North Maitland Avenue.