260 new homes to be built on Errol Estate

260 new homes to be built on Errol Estate

New Urbanism: The style of Baldwin Park and Celebration coming to Errol?

The Signature H Property Group plans to bring a style that is new to Errol Estate, but not new to Central Florida. It creates communities that are connected by walking trails, parks, and a diversity of housing styles, and a wide range of businesses.

And the nucleus of this style will be on the property where the driving range, 6th , 7th, 8th and 9th holes currently sit. Here is their plans for each area:

Driving Range

Signature H plans on building 66 townhomes that will be  1,500-2,000 square feet in size. There will also be an interior park for use by the entire Errol community.

driving range homes
The conceptual view of the development of the Driving Range at Errol. The view is looking to the south from over Lake Francis Drive. Errol Parkway is on the left of the drawing.

6th Hole

A mix of 76 single family homes and townhomes ranging from 1,500-3,000 square feet will go where the 6th hole is currently situated. It will also include a large interior park also utilized by the entire Errol community like the park on the driving range. The homes would be accessed by a new road connecting to White Ivy Court near Lexington Parkway.

6th hole homes
A conceptual view of the lots that would occupy the 6th hole at Errol. White Ivy Court is at the top of the drawing.

7th Hole

26 Single Family Estate Homes ranging from 2,000-3,000 square feet in size are planned for the 7th hole property. The proposed new entrance to Errol Estate will result in a new road down the north side of the 7th fairway from Vick Road to Lexington Drive.  The new entrance road is proposed to be named Staghorn Drive.

8th Hole

Staghorn Drive will cross Lexington Parkway (probably with a roundabout), and continue up the 8th fairway.  25 Cottage Homes overlooking the golf course will be be 2,000-3,000 square feet in size will be built on either side of the roadway.

9th Hole

Staghorn Drive would continue up the right (east) side of the 9th fairway.  Signature H plans to build 44 Carriage Homes on the left (west) side of the fairway near the Golf Villas. These houses will range in size from 1,600-2,000 square feet, and the neighborhood will also include another community park.

9th hole homes
A view of the development proposed for the 9th hole at Errol. The Golf Villas are in the lower right. Linkside is to the upper right.

Staghorn Drive would cross the top of the hill about where the current clubhouse is located and then connect with Errol Parkway near the current entrance to the golf course. To the north of Staghorn Drive would be the new clubhouse, hotel and waterpark. On the south side would be another 24 Cottage Homes ranging from 2000-3000 square feet in size.

9th hole park
A view looking north of the community park proposed for the 9th fairway. The proposed Staghorn Drive is on the right as is Linkside. proposed homesites are on the left

According to Sighanture H, all of the new homes will be architecturally custom designed. All will be Environments for Living® and ENERGY STAR® certified. Among the features offered to the units will be:

  • Advanced Security Systems
  • Elevators (Optional)
  • Granite Counter Tops
  • Hardwood, Tile, Carpet flooring
  • Professional designed landscaping
  • Automated Smart Irrigation Systems

According to Helmut Wyzisk III, spokesperson for Signature H, the development plan is inspired by aspects of “New Urbanism” which aims to create a more cohesive, walkable community.

“We’re inspired by the designs of Celebration and Baldwin Park,” said Wyzisk. “This is the type of product that sells these days.”

What is New Urbanism?

It’s an urban design movement which promotes environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods containing a wide range of housing and job types. It arose in the United States in the early 1980s, and has gradually influenced many aspects of real estate development, urban planning, and municipal land-use strategies. These ideas can all be circled back to two concepts: building a sense of community and the development of ecological practices.

A neighborhood style called “new urbanism” is what Signature H is proposing to bring to Errol Estate.

 

New Urbanism is about creating sustainable, human-scaled places where people can live healthy and happy lives. The walkable, vibrant, beautiful places that New Urbanists build work better for businesses, local governments, and their residents.  Many of the successful, flagship NU developments have been created in Florida, such as Disney’s Celebration, Baldwin Park, Laureate Park, Oakland Park, Reunion, Harmony, Avalon Park to name a few.

Signature H hopes to merge the style of new urbanism with the lasting charm of Errol Estate.

“We have an opportunity to bring Errol back to what it once was,” said Wyzisk.


 

 

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13 Comments

  1. Mama Mia

    First let me state again I do not live in Errol Estates, so my opinions will not have any bearing on anything there in Errol Estates, so don’t get mad at me, at what I write here on this site. Okay, there have been at least 1,400 golf courses around Florida have shut down in recent years and have become eyesores for neighbors. If this community accepts the homes to be built they would have a great bonus with all the other new resort features coming in such as the water park, new clubhouse, walking trails, splash pad, daycare, underground cart barn, and all kinds of nice new amenities. Otherwise, what would happen is it would grow up into weeds, it seems. I do question how the owner and investors can create this huge plan and make a profit, with so many other golf courses going under, but this is America, and if they want to give it a try, then more power to them. My reference to the 1400 golf courses going under in Florida is the Orlando Sentinel, page A11 todays, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 edition and go to Michelle Y. Ertel’s commentary.

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  2. Mama Mia

    Now with these new 260 homes coming in, if it goes as planned, the City of Apopka will lose revenue, also on the other new buildings at Errol, that will be built! LOSE LOSE LOSE…… Yes, lose! Lost revenue! This is because the previous Apopka City Council before this last city election in March, voted to lower impact fees on new development, the single service homes, appox. $ 880.00 dollars per home, and only raised the other new home impact fees $20.00 per home! I bet they feel like silly gooses now with all the new homes coming in, hundreds, if not thousands, others besides, the new proposed Errol development. The Mayor, Commissioner Velazquez, Commissioner Ruth, Commissioner Dean, and Commissioner Arrowsmith, the previous council, who let the developers off soft even though the study the city had commissioned, stated that the city was not collecting enough impact fees from the new development!!! Since that time, we have two new commissioners, on the council. I can only assume that the previous ones went soft on the developers with their votes were because they were looking to fill their campaign war chest when they are up for re-election, and want those almighty big bucks from the developers, the campaign donations!!! It is all so distasteful! 3 of those council members will be up for re-election in 2018. I guess this current council will continue to go soft on the developers and continue to stick it to the residents, as at least 3 of them are the same as the last council. That is enough for a 3-2 vote.! Who knows what the other newer council members may or may not do, when the developer’s impact fees roll back around for a vote? The residents are the ones who vote for the council, and who vote them in, and out of office, not the developers, and I think they all need reminded of that fact !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Mama Mia

    Yes, if you are a City of Apopka resident did you get the word that your utility rates are increasing for 5 consecutive years annually? Also all kinds of new utility service fees, and also garbage has went up. Have you gotten your latest utility bill just sent? Look at all the new fees that are going into effect, as they are enclosed in your latest utility bill. Now our City of Apopka property taxes are being raised on our annual tax bills! The second reading of the proposed millage tax increase will be on Sept. 28, 2016, at 5:05pm. If you disagree with the tax increase, please come to the meeting at city hall council chambers, and voice your concerns to the city council. Before the meeting starts, go and fill out a speaker card right there at the meeting, with the city clerk. Ask if you don’t know how, and someone will show you where to go to fill it out, and hand it to the city clerk. Let them know that it is unacceptable to put all these burdens on the residents and not the developers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Mama Mia

    When the developers are not forced to pay their fair share for their new developments, who pays?…….the city’s residents, that is who! Increased fees, increased taxes, increased rates….etc, etc. etc. Come and tell the city council what you think and don’t be shy!!!!!!!!

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  5. Mama Mia

    Also in that part of the Orlando Sentinel todays edition of Michelle Y. Ertell, she writes about the City of Oviedo buying the private Twin Rivers golf club for the price of $ 5 million dollars and it is 310 acre course. This makes me wonder about the status of RSR golf course. Would our city buy it if the owner wanted to sell it? It would not surprise me, if they wanted to do that. And if the owner agreed. I am not saying that is what is planned, by no means, but it looks like they wouldn’t mind competing with the new Errol plans. That is how they operate! And send the bill to the tax payers in the form of increased everything!!!!!! I questioned this right before the city council elections this year on my questions to the council candidates if you remember about what the candidates for the council would think about buying the RSR golf course and making it public by the City of Apopka buying it and operating it, like Winter Park does, was what I said ……this before their little meeting out there at the Italian restaurant at RSR with a lady from the Pines……of course I got no response to my questions.

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  6. Mama Mia

    The City of Apopka needs to get back to basics, and take care of their own business, such as water, sewer, police, fire, garbage, parks and other basic services. The can’t continue on this path of being a fix- it- all for everything they want to improve, of other entities, and other private businesses, that is not their business, and the taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for such.

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  7. Mama Mia

    Oh, and if the new Staghorn Golf Country Club has any golf holes on both sides of Vick, maybe they need a golf cart tunnel under Vick Road, or over the road, as someone will run over them, if there are any plans to cross Vick Road for whatever…..!!!

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  8. Mama Mia

    I just heard the news….got a bleep on my computer that said Golf Legend Arnold Palmer has died. I think it said he was 87, not sure.

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  9. Deb@Errol

    I have been trying to find out some information about “The Signature H Property Group”…I can’t find them listed on the http://www.sunbiz.org site as a legal registered company? Are they registered under some other name? How long have they been Consultants/Developers and what projects have they recently successfully completed. What are they and who are they? I would just like to know more about The Signature H Property Group , since they have all these plans for the redevelopment of Errol. I would also like information from them about where the funding is coming from for such a large scale project…. 15 million plus may be needed for a project like this…plus permitting, zoning, EPA approvals, etc…?

    Please do a profile interview with the members of “The Signature H Property Group” and include their information in your next update article to help educate everyone, especially the Errol residents, including many that just became aware of these new owners of Apopka Golf & Tennis at Errol Estate. I will assume they will be mailing out a formal introduction letter to all the Errol Estate residents, with there company profile as well as their team profiles. Looking forward to more information about “The Signature H Property Group.”

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    1. Errol resident

      Yes, it would be nice to know exactly who is behind the scenes in this scenario and where the funding actually is (if any exists in reality). Especially for the residents of Errol and City of Apopka, who have some experience with being led down a happy trail before, only to find out that it is not so happy at the end. Perhaps the H in “Signature H” is Helmut Wyzisk II? Some research indicates possession by Julian Larry Klein and or 5th Hole Holdings. There is much more to this story than has been revealed in local media. Surely a journalist doing a little research could find out a lot more information. But beware, it may not be all roses and rainbows as the City and Errol owners would have us believe.

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  10. Esma

    What is the answer? I am a new owner in Errol. I had no clue about any of this, the seller nor the realtor disclosed any of this information to me prior to me closing. This is a double edge sword. Celebration is a nice area and very pricey! Avalon Park, not so much. If done properly I am sure it could add value, but you can never foresee the future.

    Thank you,

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