New $10M biz park aspires to be ‘front door of new Winter Garden’

Published on: September 23, 2016

A new project seeks to bring offices, eateries and shops to a busy west Orange County intersection as the “front door of the new Winter Garden.”

Orlando-based Upshot Properties LLC’s Daniels Commercial Properties LLC on Sept. 15 applied for a permit to kick off site work at the intersection of Daniels Road and Colonial Drive.

That’s where the firm wants to build 26,000 square feet of retail and 24,000 square feet of office in five buildings plus 300 parking spaces, documents showed.

Plans still are in early stages and the city of Winter Garden is expected to vote on final approvals in December or January, Upshot Properties CEO Raul Socarras told Orlando Business Journal.

“This is a very important project for the city of Winter Garden, as we see it,” Socarras told OBJ. “Daniels Road is between the older, established Winter Garden and the newer part of the city.

“There is easy access to our property that wraps around the corner of Colonial and Daniels. You’ll be able to access this project through any of the surrounding parcels.”

A Fairwinds Credit Union, SunTrust Bank and Burger King sit on the edge of Colonial Drive and are adjacent to the project’s site.

Upshot Properties expects to close on the property in January and start work immediately after on the estimated $10 million project now being called Daniels Road Business Park, Socarras said.

Altamonte Springs-based Klima Weeks Civil Engineering Inc. is the project engineer, and Orlando-based Hembree Construction Inc. is the general contractor. Subcontractor opportunities are available, as well as opportunities for businesses looking for new office or shops/restaurant space in the area.

Millenia Partners is handling leasing for the project, and already is getting interest from national and local brands.

“Restaurants and medical office businesses are the top two,” said Elliott Jamison, a principal with Millenia Partners. “We’re talking to big-name brands. There will be a good mix.”

Meanwhile, Upshot Properties also plans to build 17,500 square feet of medical and professional offices on 2 acres at the corner of Daniels and Roper Road, south of Daniels Road Business Park, Socarras said.

“We’ve been on the sidelines for several years now, waiting for opportunities to work on quality projects in this area,” Socarras said. “When the opportunity is right in the market, you go. We believe Winter Garden has a lot of potential.”

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