Rumors are swirling around a new commercial development along Seidel Road in Village F that surrounds the Watermark community. Initial details on the development were just recently posted online by Unicorp and a list of rumored tenets have caused controversy among local residents.
With all the rumors being posted, let’s review the facts:
- Unicorp is the developer and has named the development “The Mark”.
- The site is located along Seidel Road at the corner of Seton Creek Boulevard.
- Unicorp has replied to comments on Facebook that no details have been finalized.
- Unicorp is the same developer behind the immensely popular Westside Shoppes.
- Unicorp has every single building listed for lease on commercial leasing websites.
- A site plan circulating Facebook that includes rumored business names has a different layout than the one Unicorp is promoting.
- Horizon West Info is not able to independently locate where the site plan that includes business names originated from.
Based on our extensive experience of covering Horizon West, the site plan that includes a full plan of tenets is highly unlikely. Once a business commits to a lease, the developer will remove that space from being available. With every single space listed, it indicates that no businesses have finalized an agreement and are fully committed. Let’s review the site map being advertised:
- Unicorp has commited to a grocery chain anchoring the plaza. This could be in building 7 or 9, but most likely 9 based on the loading dock configuration in the back of the store.
- Buildings 8a and 8b can be almost anything. Site plans split out these buildings into small sections, but one buisness could come in and take up half. Compared to Westside Shoppes, a restaurant such as Toasted or Little Greek Fresh Grill take up only one parcel, but Gator’s Dockside can take up to 6 spaced.
- Building 1 has the design of a restaurant with a small drive thru.
- Building 2 clearly represents a gas station.
- To the right of building 2, and unlabeled building has the appearance of a double drive-thru. This appears similar to the Chick-Fil-A being built at Hamlin, or it could just be a secondary road around the drive-thru.
- To the right of Street B, another unlabeled building is present. This may or may not have a drive-thru, as it’s difficult to determine on the map.
- Building 6 also is difficult to determine. It could have a drive-thru, but may more resemble a bank than a restaurant.
Many residents are have posted concerns over some of the rumored businesses. However, Unicorp has a strong track record of amazing developments throughout Orlando, so there is no reason to think this will be any different.
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