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While acrimonious debate continues over the nearly 5,000 home Lake Pickett North and Lake Pickett South development proposals, it appears that home building in the rural area will continue, at a more modest rate but an upscale one nonetheless.

Pulte Homes is breaking ground this month on Lake Pickett Reserve, a private gated lakefront community with estate-style homes on one half acre and one acre plots. The community, which is planned to have 52 homes, 10 of which are on Lake Pickett, bills itself as the only new home community on Lake Pickett and prices start in the mid $300,000s. Property records show Pulte bought the 50-acre parcel for $4.3 million in mid-January.

Strong resident opposition just to the west over the Lake Pickett North and Lake Pickett South residential development proposals does not phase Clint Ball, Pulte's vice president of land for northern Florida, which includes the Orlando area.

The Pulte property was already zoned for one acre and half acre plots when purchased and the project's scope is much more modest than those envisioned by the Lake Pickett South and Lake Pickett North developers, Ball said.

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And at the rate the other projects are going--still in the community meeting phase and with residents doing all they can to halt them--"We could be sold out before those projects are developed," Ball said.

 
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