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Located in the lower-right of the drawing, Westside Shoppes will be a neighborhood shopping center, while the development shown to its north and west will be the Venetian Isles apartment community.
Located in the lower-right of the drawing, Westside Shoppes will be a neighborhood shopping center, while the development shown to its north and west will be the Venetian Isles apartment community. (provided)

Unicorp National Developments remains on pace to close on a land purchase for its Westside Shoppes development by Oct. 21 and break ground in January, and had just a handful of retail parcels left to pre-lease on Monday at ICSC's Florida Conference & Deal Making at the Orange County Convention Center.

The 70,700-square-foot neighborhood shopping center in Horizon West is part of a 117-acre property that will include the 302-unit Venetian Isle Apartments and 44 single-family attached townhouses. Meritage Homes will buy roughly 30 acres of the property to build 151 single-family homes, and Unicorp will dedicate another 30 acres to Orange County for a future middle school.

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New lease ageements for Westside Shoppes include roughly 5,000 square feet for a Montessori School and 1,000 square feet to Planet Smoothie, according to Alexie Fonseca, leasing associate.

Other named tenants for the shopping center: Goodwill (1,500 SF), Panna Latin Cafe (2,400 SF), Zoom Tans (1,000 SF), Gators Dockside (6,000 SF), Flippers Pizzaria (2,100 SF), Luxury Nails (2,000 SF), The UPS Store (1,000 SF), Wesmere Dry Cleaners (1,000 SF), Porte Noire (4,800 SF), Great Clips (1,200 SF), Philly Connection (1,200 SF), Jeremiahs Italian Ice (960 SF), Tijuana Flats (2,400 SF), AT&T (1,705 SF), Dunkin Donuts (2,100 SF), and outparcels leased by Heartland Dental and Wendy's.

A remaining 3,000-square-foot outparcel is available, along with four or more inline spaces of 2,400 square feet or less. An additional outparcel building with an estimated 9,000 square feet could be divided for up to six multi-tenant spaces, Fonseca said.

Unicorp is developing the project as a joint venture with Dwight Saathoff and his local firm, Project Finance & Development LLC. Saathoff told GrowthSpotter on Aug. 26 that plans to close on the land purchase Oct. 21 and begin construction in January were still on pace.

Located at the corner of Winter Garden Vineland Road and Reams Road in the heart of Windermere and Horizon West, the 117 total acres being rezoned and developed by Unicorp are currently owned by Fran Pignone, a former county commissioner.

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