Lake Nona lays groundwork for more homes

A new project is in the works in Lake Nona that’ll pave the way for a first in the growing southeast community.

Two new roads, Hitchings Avenue and Watson Street, will create access to 9.7 acres slated for Lake Nona’s first age-restricted community near the Orlando VA Medical Center, documents showed. Lake Nona Land Co. LLC, an entity related to Tavistock Development Co. LLC, this week applied for an environmental resource permit from the South Florida Water Management District for the new roadway project, documents showed.

Winter Park-based Donald W. McIntosh Associates Inc. is the project engineer/surveyor; Orlando-based Aecom Inc. is handling ecological services; Orlando-based Broad and Cassel is the legal counsel; and GAI Consultants Inc. is handling landscape, irrigation and hardscape, documents showed. These are the same companies involved in the development of The Gatherings of Lake Nona age-restricted community, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.

Tavistock also is seeking a permit for The Gatherings of Lake Nona, and has submitted specific parcel master plan documents to the city of Orlando. Plans include 216 residential units, a pool, a 4,400-square-foot clubhouse, shuffleboard, standalone garages and a 218-space surface parking lot, documents showed.

Beazer Homes USA appears to be the builder of the project, documents showed.

The new projects will create plenty of construction, vendor and temporary job opportunities for local businesses. It also will expand the housing stock in Lake Nona, which already boasts more than 11,000 residents and 5,000 jobs in its Medical City life sciences hub.