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Wood Partners file construction plans for luxury apartments on former Longwood dog track

Atlanta-based Wood Partners has filed construction plans for a 342-unit apartment complex on the site of the former Sanford Orlando Kennel Club dog track in Longwood.
Atlanta-based Wood Partners has filed construction plans for a 342-unit apartment complex on the site of the former Sanford Orlando Kennel Club dog track in Longwood. (Charlan Brock Architects)

Atlanta-based Wood Partners has filed construction plans for another Alta-branded apartment community in Longwood at the site of the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club dog track.

Located at 301 Dog Track Road, Alta Cypress would over 10, three-story buildings, including an integrated clubhouse building, on 18.73 net buildable acres. The unit mix is comprised of 179 one-bedroom units, 127 two-bedroom units, and 36 three-bedroom units at an overall average unit size of 979 square feet.

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Community amenities would include a dog park, resort-style pool, active zone, and a clubhouse featuring a business center, clubroom, gastro pub, social lounge, and fitness center with a yoga room and fitness on demand. Alta Cypress would provide 595 parking spaces including 66 detached garages. Construction is slated to commence in October of 2020.

The plan calls for demolishing everything on the dog track site except the sports grill. The apartment community will be built around it.
The plan calls for demolishing everything on the dog track site except the sports grill. The apartment community will be built around it. (Dix.Hite Partners)

The westernmost 10.28-acre portion of the site at the intersection of Ronald Reagan Blvd and Dog Track Road – including 2.72 acres with direct frontage on Dog Track Road – has been set aside for a future commercial/retail use. The developer is actively working with the City of Longwood and local, approved retail brokers to identify potential end-users to achieve the goals of the project and the City.

The dog track went on the market in 2018 following passage of Amendment 13, a statewide ban on commercial dog racing by Jan. 1, 2021. The sale to Wood Partners does not include the 2-acre site where the current Clubhouse Grill at the dog track. It will be retained by the current owner and renovated.

The new luxury apartment building in Health Village will have ground-floor walk-up units and a rooftop pool with views of downtown Orlando.

Madden, Moorhead & Stokes, Inc. is the civil engineer. Charlan Brock & Associates is architect on the project, and Dix Hite is the landscape architect.

The City of Longwood created a dedicated webpage to accept public comment regarding the project, which will go to the city’s Development Review Committee once all outstanding issues have been resolved. The project does not need City Commission approval. The construction plans have also been submitted to St. Johns River Water Management District for approval.

Wood Partners currently owns several Alta-branded communities in greater Orlando, including Lake House by Alta, which opened earlier this year in the Doctor Phillips neighborhood. The luxury community features high-end touches, such as a complimentary coffee and tea lounge, bike share and a saltwater pool flanked by resort-style cabanas with televisions and refrigerators.

Wood Partners started construction on nearby Alta Longwood, located at 881 W Warren Ave, in July of 2019 and will deliver first units in October with final completion of the project scheduled for February of 2021.

Meanwhile, Wood Partners and joint venture partner Ustler Development are building Alta at Health Village across Orange Avenue from AdventHealth’s medical campus in downtown Orlando. The first units are scheduled for delivery in summer 2021, with completion set for the fourth quarter of 2021.

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