New Retail Village Starts Construction in Winter Garden, Fla.

Aug. 14--Hardin Construction Co. is under way with the first work on the Winter Garden Village retail center. The 585,000-square-foot center is targeted for completion late next year.

The site development includes rerouting County Road 535 and two connector roads.

Hardin has previously worked with the developer, The Sembler Co., doing the Centro Ybor retail complex in Tampa. Hardin, founded in 1946, has offices in Orlando, Atlanta and Tampa.

Going up

Construction costs continue to be a moving target. A few months ago, Camden Property Trust, a Houston-based real estate investment trust, estimated the cost of the 261-unit Camden Orange Court apartments in downtown Orlando at $36 million. In the trust's second-quarter report, the cost now is estimated at $49 million. Site work is under way. The complex will go on the site of the long-gone Orange Court Motor Lodge on Orange Avenue just south of Colonial Drive.

Construction

R.C. Stevens Construction Co. is handling the conversion of a former Albertsons grocery store at Semoran Boulevard and Aloma Avenue in Winter Park into a medical center for Florida Cardiology Group. The developer is Nanki International.

More construction . . .

The Collage Cos. recently completed the $2.3 million Children's Worship Wing at Northland, A Church Distributed in Longwood. The contractor is building the $38 million campus off Dog Track Road. The work includes a 3,200 seat sanctuary. . . .

Andrew General Contractors Inc. finished a 10,000-square-foot renovation at Apopka Marketplace in Apopka. . . .

PSA Constructors completed Vista Lakes Elementary School in east Orlando two weeks ahead of schedule. . . .

Jim Mack of Volusia Properties said he will start construction of the 54-unit, 11-story Islamorada Condominium tower at Daytona Beach Shores next month. . . .

ContraVest Inc., Lake Mary, is building the $29 million, 368-unit Reserve at Beachline apartments in southeast Orlando. . . .

Tri-City Electrical Contractors Inc. is handling $4.3 million in work on the 500-unit Fountain Parke Apartments in Lake Mary. The company recently completed work on the Sandhill Oaks Apartments in Port Charlotte. The contractor also is working on $1.2 million in work at Heritage Isle Apartments in Melbourne. . . .

Work has started on the Oviedo Professional Plaza at 7250 Red Bug Lake Road in Oviedo. The condo office development is being marketed by Colliers Arnold. Prices start at $250 a square foot. . . .

Terry's Electric, Kissimmee, completed work on two buildings at Parkway Resort near Disney. . . .

84 Lumber will soon be under construction at Orlando Sanford International Airport. The airport has leased 11.28 acres for a store. . . .

Mechanical Services Inc. handled heating, ventilation and air conditioning work on the Lake Highland Preparatory Middle School at 744 N. Mills Ave. in Orlando. . . .

Tilt-Con Corp., Altamonte Springs, completed work on the Miramar Centre I and II office buildings in Miramar. Tilt-Con also handled concrete work for the Doral Costa II office building in Miami and an industrial building in Port St. Lucie. . . .

The Orlando office of BRPH Inc. completed the first phase of the Windy Ridge K-8 school for the Orange County School Board. . . .

The JB Mathews Co. completed door installation for the new Correct Craft plant being built by Kesley Construction. . . .

Deals . . .

Barbara Vance & Associates, with Prudential Florida WCI, has been selected by Sun Holdings to market more than $200 million in property, including the Orlando CityPlace project in downtown Orlando. . . .

Luker Properties Group LLC is marketing Lake Drawdy Reserve, a 28-lot development in east Orange County. Lakefront lots start at $450,000; interior lots begin at $250,000.

Leasing . . .

Simigon Inc. rented 4,200 square feet of office space at Three Resource Square in the Central Florida Research Park. Lynette Hansen of Crescent Resources represented the landlord. . . .

Veraxx Inc. took 2,670 square feet of office space at 3361 Rouse Road in southeast Orlando. Mary Frances West of NAI Realvest represented the landlord. . . .

Sugar Stix, a condiment-packing company, took 10,000 square feet of warehouse space at 9500 Satellite Blvd. in Orlando. Matt Sullivan of Colliers Arnold negotiated for the landlord. . . .

Topline Appliance Depot rented 22,000 square feet of retail space at 2730 W. New Haven Ave. in Melbourne. Michael Langman of Grubb & Ellis/Commercial Florida represented the landlord.

Sales . . .

Ryland Homes sold 428 houses in the first half of this year with the average sale a bit more than $300,000. . . .

Engineered Homes, Winter Park, said it's nearing $25 million in sales at Brighton Landings, a subdivision in Kissimmee. The average price is $381,538.

Anniversary

Mohr Partners, a Dallas corporate real estate adviser with an Orlando office, has marked 20 years in business.

Design . . .

C.T. Hsu and Associates, Orlando, is the American Institute of Architects Florida Association's Firm of the Year. The award recognizes achievement in design, community service and education.

Jack Snyder can be reached at 407-420-5094 or jsnyder@orlandosentinel.com.

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