This early conceptual rendering shows a view of the assisted living facility and a small type III condominium from an open park area. Stairs on either side of the housing go up to a retail plaza.
This early conceptual rendering shows a view of the assisted living facility and a small type III condominium from an open park area. Stairs on either side of the housing go up to a retail plaza. (Merrill Pastor & Colgan Architects)

Tavistock Development Company is refining plans for a new 43-acre mixed-use development at one of the unofficial gateways to Windermere.

Through affiliates, the developer has long owned the property at the northwest corner of Conroy Windermere and S. Apopka Vineland roads, set on the eastern edge of Windermere, directly east of Lake Down and north of The Grove retail center.

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Tavistock held a series of community meetings with area residents in 2017 to get feedback on early development concepts. That feedback led to the removal of hotel and fuel station options from the development lineup, and a focus on keeping higher density housing at the project's core, spokeswoman Jessi Blakley told GrowthSpotter.

Highlighted are the 43 acres that are a focus for new mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Conroy Windermere and S. Apopka Vineland roads.
Highlighted are the 43 acres that are a focus for new mixed-use development at the northwest corner of Conroy Windermere and S. Apopka Vineland roads. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

The company now has its first application under Orange County staff review, which is a Land Use Plan amendment to increase entitlements on the 43 acres in question within the Isleworth Four Corners PD, and a Community Village Center code change request.

An updated development program, meant to correct the version submitted Jan. 17 with the Land Use Plan amendment, seeks the following entitlements: a 107-bed assisted living facility, 21 single-family homes, 72 independent living units, 40,000 square feet of medical office space, and 70,000 square feet of retail.

"We have been working with the community to craft a plan for that property, and we're trying to keep higher density in the core and less density around the lake, because those were important points for area residents," Blakley said.

Walkability and open green space will be a key element of the mixed-use district's design. Phase 1 development and construction on the site could begin in 2019, she added.

The LUP amendment will go before Orange's Development Review Committee on Feb. 21. A community meeting to review the conceptual plan is set for Feb. 27 at Chain of Lakes Middle School.

Andres Duany of architecture and planning firm DPZ Partners is a project consultant, Merrill Pastor & Colgan Architects is the architect, and Donald W. McIntosh Associates Inc. is civil engineer.

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