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Highlighted in red is the 369.49 acres Tavistock is preparing for development north of Lake Nona Boulevard, with new commercial, residential, a resort/hotel and Crystal Lagoon around its USTA Tennis Center now under construction.
Highlighted in red is the 369.49 acres Tavistock is preparing for development north of Lake Nona Boulevard, with new commercial, residential, a resort/hotel and Crystal Lagoon around its USTA Tennis Center now under construction. (AECOM)

Plans filed by Tavistock Development Company with the City of Orlando last week clarify how it may develop 369.49 acres in Lake Nona around its USTA National Campus, with a mix of commercial, hotels, an 11-acre Crystal Lagoon and residential linked by a new road to the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

The properties, dubbed Parcels 9 and 10 on planning documents, lie north of Lake Nona Boulevard, south of Lake Nona, east of the airport and west of Red Lake.

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More than 166 acres south of the tennis campus are labeled for Commercial use, which could feature a range of business development types, including some of the 2,250 hospitality room entitlements available within the PD zoning.

This early development plan shows the 369.49 acres Tavistock plans to develop around the USTA Tennis Center. The green-shaded property south of the Tennis Center is labeled "Commercial," and to the east is a proposed Crystal Lagoon of 11 acres with space in front for a resort hotel. Green-shaded property east of that is labeled "Residential," a new phase of gated community Lake Nona Estates, which will be connected by a new road running northeast.
This early development plan shows the 369.49 acres Tavistock plans to develop around the USTA Tennis Center. The green-shaded property south of the Tennis Center is labeled "Commercial," and to the east is a proposed Crystal Lagoon of 11 acres with space in front for a resort hotel. Green-shaded property east of that is labeled "Residential," a new phase of gated community Lake Nona Estates, which will be connected by a new road running northeast. (AECOM)

The other 203 acres east of the campus are pegged for an 11-acre Crystal Lagoon, a potential resort hotel adjacent, and a gated "Residential" area that would expand the country club estates with a mix of condominiums and single-family homes.

Connecting those homes to the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club will be an extension of Cromwell Road, to branch southwest from the gated community. The road would be built over a land bridge between Nona and Red lakes, new plans show.

Tavistock preps 185 acres in Lake Nona near country club for development

Details on how the company is coordinating land use designations on 185 acres and combining three parcels into one to streamline development.

Tavistock is asking the city to amend the property's PD, modifying the acreage for each type of use, which sets the stage for development choices to be made in the coming months, spokeswoman Jessi Blakley said Wednesday.

In July, the Army Corps of Engineers division in Cocoa approved a Tavistock request to change its existing permit for the Lake Nona Central project site.

That includes reducing the area of wetland and upland available for mitigation to accommodate the 11-acre Crystal Lagoon, which would stand 8 foot deep. It would serve both the publicly accessible resort hotel and private residential condominium, according to Army Corps documents.

Changes Tavistock is making to the undeveloped area will result in a total functional wetland loss of 4.96 FCDs (Functional Capacity Debits). That's a term from the federal mitigation bank rule which means the degree to which a wetland performs a specific function, with "debit" being the loss through fill.

That loss will be compensated by Tavistock purchasing 1.4 federal palustrine credits from the Crosby Island Marsh Mitigation Bank, and activating mitigation within the Lake Nona Central, Lake Nona South and Poitras conservation areas that were previously identified for mitigation use.

Crystal Lagoons exec says five more projects planned in Greater Orlando area

Two local developers that announced plans for giant swimming lagoons in 2015 have yet to file permits, but Crystal Lagoons USA CEO Uri Man says it hasn't slowed demand for the unique amenity, with negotiations active for five more projects in the Orlando market.

At 11 acres in size, Tavistock's Crystal Lagoon won't be the largest in Florida. That distinction will go to a 14-acre lagoon planned for a mixed-use development in St. John's County named Twin Creeks, where the lagoon will serve as central amenity to more than 1,000 single-family homes and 150,000 square feet of waterfront dining and retail, said Uri Man, CEO of Crystal Lagoons USA.

The largest announced in the U.S. so far is by Wynn Resorts, to replace its Wynn golf course in Las Vegas with a 38-acre lagoon. The company's largest lagoon in the world is 98.8 acres in Dubai.

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