Pulte Homes wants to build townhomes on vacant land directly behind a retirement community that contains a Slovak church and museum.
The homebuilder is working with the owner to annex a 21-acre property into the City of Casselberry and change its land use. The Slovak cultural center and apartment complex at 3110 Howell Branch Rd. are known as Slovak Garden.
Record show Aaron Struckmeyer, a land planning and entitlements manger at Pulte Group, requested a Future Land Use Change to correspond with the property’s annexation. He is seeking to change the site’s land use to Medium Density Residential, which will permit up to 13 dwelling units per acre.
Property owners are seeking a comprehensive plan amendment in Polk County to allow for residential uses on 60 of its 130 acres.
By J. Kyle Foster
Oct 19, 2020 at 3:00 PM
If approved the property could allow up to 278 units. The proposed land use change is a reduction of its current adopted land use, which allows up to 20 dwelling units per acre.
Slovak Garden is located on the southwest corner of Howell Branch and Jergo roads. The property consists of an existing religious facility with supporting ancillary uses, including a library, Slovak museum, social hall and 22-unit apartment complex with a swimming pool.
The owning entity purchased the property in the 1950s. Today, it’s managed by a group of property investors led by Dr. Thomas Kravets and John Volosin.
Pulte’s requested Future Land Use Change application said the proposed land use will allow for townhomes and commercial use along Howell Branch Road. The retirement community may still operate a museum, library, church and event hall.
It’s unclear if the apartments will remain. Struckmeyer was not immediately available to comment.
Slovak Garden is located in southeast Seminole County, near State Road 436.
The City of Casselberry is currently engaged in several redevelopment initiatives, including economic efforts to draw more development to its U.S. 17-92 corridor. The city is also in the midst of building a new $15 million public works complex and preparing to design a new public safety facility to house the police and fire departments.
Simultaneously, the City of Casselberry is upgrading six of its public parks, along with the creation of a new park.
Pulte Homes is active throughout Central Florida, including in Lake Nona. In northeast Orange County the homebuilder has rounded up about 290 acres of land that border Lake Pickett for its Sunset Preserve residential subdivision.
In Osceola County, Pulte is helping develop a 502-home subdivision on Poinciana Boulevard in Kissimmee. The builder also has plans to build a 286-unit townhome community on a 40-acre site just off Kissimmee’s W192 tourism corridor.