Update: Lake Nona is getting ready to introduce its next big retail district — something that’s been long anticipated by residents and businesses in the area.
Tavistock Development Co. LLC is expected to start work on Lake Nona Landing, a 50-acre, 467,369-square-foot development along Narcoossee Road south of State Road 417. The shopping center will include big box retailers, small shops, restaurants and more, according to a document obtained by Orlando Business Journal.
This particular development in Lake Nona is likely expected to be home to the long-rumored Lowes and Walmart stores. Though many residents and businesses in the area have long been waiting for a shopping center in Lake Nona, a group of residents have launched a Change.org petition fighting the proposed Walmart, claiming it’s “not compatible or consistent with the Lake Nona community.”
The petition had reached 1,060 supporters as of the afternoon of Sept. 24 and has a goal of 1,500.
Blackfin Partners is seeking approval from the Orlando municipal planning board to annex the property from incorporated Orange County into the city limits and rezone it from agricultural/rural to a planned development, city documents showed. The request is expected to go before the board on Oct. 20.
Palm Beach Gardens-based Blackfin Partners plans to build five outparcels totaling about 30,000 square feet of retail space just south of Lake Nona High School, on the southwest corner of Narcoossee Road and Tyson Road. Conceptual plans for the 7-acre project dubbed Blackfin Shoppes at Lake Nona show two retail buildings, a fast-food restaurant, a bank and a full-service restaurant, according to a marketing package by Blackfin Partners and documents submitted to the city of Orlando.