Master Plan with Regional Significance to Transform Minneola
- Jun 24, 2015
By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor
A major master-planned community is underway in Minneola, Fla., and the developers envision it to grow into “Orlando’s new Gateway.”
The news broke on Monday, that SouthStar Development Partners Inc. and Family Dynamics Land Co. have signed a contract for the sale and purchase of an approximately 1,650-acre property known as The Hills, which is set to become a major regional destination.
Minneola is adjacent to Clermont, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Orlando in Lake County. The site in question is on the northeastern part of the city and is split by Florida’s Turnpike. The property is entitled for 3,971 residential units and 3 million square feet of retail, office and medical uses. According to the project’s brochure, a town center will emerge south from the Turnpike. It will include offices, residences and boutique shopping. The north side will be home to a regional shopping destination and a business research and office park, all surrounded by residential neighborhoods. Plans also call for two public schools, civic uses, trails, walking paths and parks.
The Florida Department of Transportation will begin work this year on the construction of a full, four quadrant interchange on the property that will open in 2017.
Photo credit: SouthStar Development Partners, Inc.