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Seminole County Developments

Unicorp's Griffin Farms tweaks project name, reveals tenant prospect

A 33-acre mixed-used development in Lake Mary planned by Chuck Whittall's Unicorp has undergone a bit of a name change, is in the process of lining up its first publicly disclosed prospective tenant and is dealing with some traffic and road issues.

That was the upshot of Whittall's appearance before the Lake Mary Development Review Committee Wednesday.

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Whittall said the $200-million project would now be called Griffin Farms at Midtown instead of Griffin Farms Town Center because he felt the new name is more fitting to the project's location in Lake Mary.

He said his company was talking with Panera Bread to operate a drive-through in the new community and added he might get a bank for the site, but that might be a long shot because Lake Mary already has representation by pretty much all the area's leading banks.

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Development Review Committee members quizzed Whittall how that part of Lake Mary--the southwest corner of West Lake Mary Boulevard and Longwood Lake Mary Road--which is already congested, could avoid more traffic resulting from the new project. The positioning of ingresses and egresses was also discussed and committee members questioned whether the residential part of the community would see an overflow of cars.

Whittall said he would conduct a traffic study and work to address their concerns.

The hearing was typical of a Development Review Committee meeting, a developer's first stop as they enter the municipal hearing process. Whittall said afterward that he could be ready to take the proposal before Lake Mary's Planning and Zoning Board as soon as Aug. 17.


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