Behind-the-scenes work has started to bring a long-anticipated big shopping district to southeast Orlando’s Lake Nona.

Tavistock Development Co. LLC is seeking a permit from the South Florida Water Management District to begin master infrastructure construction for the planned 52.5-acre Lake Nona Landing shopping complex on the west side of Narcoossee Road south of State Road 417.

The development proposed 467,369-square-foot shopping center would feature two big box retailers plus additional shops, restaurants, a gas station and office space, according to city of Orlando documents. The city’s Southeast Town Design Review Committee last July approved Tavistock Development’s plans for this site, known as parcels E and F in the Education Village planned development.

The committee also received a master signage plan in September, which was required before the developer could begin to secure permits for the project.

Representatives from Tavistock Development couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Though no tenants have been announced yet for Lake Nona Landing, the project is expected to feature pharmacies, a home improvement store, sporting goods store, pet store and more, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal. It likely would create hundreds of permanent jobs and temporary construction jobs — adding to Lake Nona’s $2.8 billion in construction work underway within its 11-square-mile boundaries.

It also would provide a large shopping and dining environment to Lake Nona and the surrounding area’s fast-growing population, including providing amenities for workers in the 600-acre Medical City biotech hub.

The home improvement store likely will be Lowes, which has been rumored to be in talks for a Lake Nona store for many years, as OBJ previously reported.