Chuck Whittall's Griffin Farms at Midtown has begun the municipal review process by meeting with the Lake Mary Development Review Committee, whose concerns were mainly over traffic.
The 33-acre, $200-million project, commercial and residential, is going to bring a lot of traffic into an already-congested area--at the southwest corner of West Lake Mary Boulevard and Longwood Lake Mary Road.
Whittall, whose Unicorp is developing the project, told the committee he would have a traffic study conducted.
The project would include 178 townhouses, 268 apartment units and 136,700-square-feet of retail, including a 32,000-square-foot grocery store and a 37,200-square-foot fitness center. The parcel would also have 1,079 parking spaces.
Whittall named the site's potential first tenant for the first time publicy--Panera Bread and said he might bring a bank in.
He also felt the project was far enough along and that he could meet the Development Review Committee's requests in time to take the project before the Lake Mary Planning and Zoning Board by as early as mid-August.
Unicorp is seeking a comp plan map amendment and a future land use amendment to allow for mixed use on the property. Right now the land use designation is commercial and restricted commercial.
The project is hoped to begin in the second quarter of 2016, and expected to take several years to fully complete.