The Village Center at the front entrance of Waterleigh for Village H is set for expansion, with new development plans submitted to Orange County for two parcels.
Unlike other Village Center which feature a single developer constructing the entire village center, such as Hamlin or The Mark, this village center has 3 connecting parcels being developed by separate entities.
The farthest along is the Publix plaza, which features Publix and a small outparcel building that will include Jersey Mike’s, Heartland Dental, and Beaute Nail Spa.
Directly to the south of Publix is the remainder of what’s called Waterleigh Village featuring a McDonald’s and Fifth-Third Bank, and the site of a controversial self-storage facility. After heading to the Board of County Commissioners, the county denied the self storage facility in a 6-1 vote. In September, the developer removed the self-storage facility from their leasing flyers. No permits for this specific parcel where self-storage would have gone have been filed with Orange County, but permits were filed in December for McDonald’s, Fifth-Third Bank, and 3 retail shell buildings.
Continuing south, a new plaza named The Promenade at Horizon West features a walkable village concept, similar to the design of The Mark along Seidel Road. This plaza is being developed by Winter Park developers Hewitt Properties Commercial Inc along with other parties involved in the renovation of Winter Park Village, and in an interview with Orlando Business Journal, stated their desire to create the same feel as Winter Park Village, creating a sense of Main Street. While no tenants have been announced, they stated their desire to bring in a mix of local restaurants, anchor restaurants, quick-service, a fitness center, along with other neighborhood shopping amenities.
The Promenade at Horizon West will be focused on high-end retailers, catering to the higher college education along with higher income levels of the area. This information is certain to provide further questions regarding Disney’s choice to build the proposed 1,450 unit Hartzog Road Attainable Housing Community on the other side of Avalon Road. During a community meeting for the housing project, Disney failed to provide any specific details on the project and was intensely questioned on their site selection for affordable housing, with speakers citing the lack of public transportation, lack of infrastructure, pedestrian safety, and affordability of the area. Outstanding items remain on the Land Use Plan with Orange County for the project.
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