An Ocoee developer who withdrew plans for a new apartment complex in Umatilla earlier this year has redesigned the project at the corner of Fletcher Road and E Collins Street as a senior housing facility.
Fletcher Grove Development LLC, led by luxury homebuilder Agustin Sierra, has applied for a small scale amendment to the Umatilla comprehensive plan and rezoning the 9.7-acre site from Commercial Tourist (CT) and Residential Professional (RP) to Public Facilities District (PFD).
The ordinances received their first readings at the Umatilla City Council meeting on Aug. 15 and are scheduled for a public hearing on Sept. 5.
Fletcher Grove Development purchased the vacant property from John and Barbara Ambach in 2021 for $285,000. The heavily wooded property is next door to the Lake County Health Department and abuts a large mobile home park on two sides and one single-family home on Fletcher.
The new site plan identifies a two-story building with multiple wings for a total of 121 units (156 beds) with common areas (dining room, theater, library, etc.) and recreational amenities which include outdoor court yards with water features. The facility would offer 32 independent living units, 65 assisted living beds and 24 memory care beds. The maximum height would be 35 feet.
Lake County has been a magnet for new assisted living facilities due to its large retiree population and proximity to The Villages.