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A mini-golf entertainment facility is being planned within Waterford Lakes Town Center

Highlighted in red is the 2.23-acre site of the proposed golf and entertainment facility.
Highlighted in red is the 2.23-acre site of the proposed golf and entertainment facility. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

Real estate investment trust company Washington Prime Group Inc. is looking to add an additional anchor tenant to its Waterford Lakes Town Center in eastern Orange County.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company wants to construct a miniature golf and entertainment facility on a total of 2.23 acres within the commercial plaza at 413 N. Alafaya Trail.

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According to plans recently submitted in Orange County, the proposed entertainment facility would rise next to its Regal Cinemas theater on land currently used for parking.

The 965,500-square-foot town center is anchored by Super Target, Best Buy, T.J. Maxx and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

A site plan of the proposed golf and entertainment facility.
A site plan of the proposed golf and entertainment facility. (Orange County)

The proposed project will consist of 9,360-square-foot single-story building that will feature a dining area, bar and sales station. A small golf course and playgrounds are also depicted in plans.

Representatives at WPG were not immediately available to comment.

Orlando-based Harris Civil Engineers is the civil engineer. Naples-based MHK Architecture and Planning is the architect.

The company is a retail REIT with a national real estate portfolio. It was formed in 2014 following a spin-off from Simon Property Group and acquired Glimcher Realty Trust in 2015. Today, the company operates out of offices in Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.

The 75-acre Waterford Lakes Town Center, built in 2000, sits south of the University of Central Florida and features more than 100 shops and restaurants.

Not much vacant land is left in Orlando’s Waterford Lakes neighborhood, but one local developer is securing a corner lot for what would be his company’s first senior housing development.

The site is also nearby Lockheed Martin’s east Orlando campus at 100 Global Innovation Circle.

While community golf course owners continue struggle to maintain their revenues, entertainment venues that offer golf activities are growing fast.

Topgolf, a Texas-based entertainment and technology-themed firm, has been establishing a presence in major commercial centers around the world.

The company entered the Orlando market via International Drive in September 2015 and opened in October 2017.

Drive Shack, a similar golf facility with a 57,000-square-foot driving range, opened in Lake Nona around the same time and recently reopened last year after renovations.

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