After three years of work and negotiation with the City and the School Board, Apopka approved a 202 home neighborhood last night. It is the third project in the Kelly Park area for Jim Hall; two residential neighborhoods as well as a hospital. Kelly Park surrounds the Kelly Park Road/SR 429 interchange. Challenges have included utility funding, revising the City’s Form Based Code and being the first applicant in a large mixed use area scheduled for over 10,000,000 square feet of non-residential uses and thousands of homes and apartments. HDSi represented the land owner and worked closely with the developer of the first neighborhood; DR Horton. The neighborhoods were designed in tandem with shared streets, trails and upland preserves.
500 acres located on International Speedway Boulevard in Deland is the latest design project for HDSi. Primarily a residential community located across from the high school, the housing types range from townhomes and narrow lots on up to estate homes on Lake Talmadge. The neighborhood design emphasizes a walkable community with access to the school and a commercial center. A grid street pattern evolves into a more classic suburban street pattern near the lake and the estate homes.
Zoning approval led by HDSi was granted to Unicorp Development for this massive mixed use center in Orange County, Florida 1 mile north of the Disney World entrance. The I-4 frontage parcels are anchored by the new Marriott timeshare international headquarters in a 25 story building. There is also entertainment and hotel adjacent to the headquarters building. Other uses include dense residential towers and retail related to the tourists. Farther west is a lower density residential community anchored by a Publix shopping center. There is a high school to be developed between the two phases and there is also an adjacent middle school. The new interchange with I-4 to be developed by 2022 makes this mixed use center a dynamic new opportunity.
We were proud to watch our team of University of Central Florida real estate students present their vision for redevelopment of Orlando’s Fashion Square mall property last week during the UCF Case Competition, sponsored by NAIOP Central Florida Chapter. Dubbed “City Beautiful Development” students Ryan Griffith, Kyle Ruperto, CAPM, LEED GA, Matt Santangelo and Norven Erazo cooked up a highly creative and dense urban infill redevelopment concept (see site plan attached). They weren’t chosen as the winners, but it was fun to watch them grow during the semester. A big thanks to our fellow mentors on the team, which included Trevor Hall, Jr. of Colliers International, planner Jim Hall of HDSi, Darick Brokaw of Baker Barrios Architects, Billy Rodriguez and Colette Santana of JLL, Robert Luis Castillo of American Momentum Bank, and Drew Dawson of Tavistock Development Company.