This historic Old Florida touches all started during Brownwood Paddock Square’s first phase with building names such as the Palace Hotel, Bunk House and Barnstorm Theater.
The Villages has announced even more historic touches are coming in Phase 3 of the square’s development with four new buildings named St. John’s County Courthouse, Seabold Saloon, Brownwood Train Station and the Sandspur Ice Plant.
Residents will see some interesting design features at these four new buildings, said The Villages’ chief architect, Ed Plaster, president of Ocala’s KP Studio Architect.
“We may even put some old tracks down on the streetscape, so that residents or shoppers can actually tie the theme with what the history was in that area as a train station,” he said. “We’re trying to mix up some of the style, so that [it] stays fresh and looks like a town that was built over time; that there were different shopkeepers, owners and building operators.”
Also: The reason for the four new buildings boils down to increased business interest in the remaining available space at Brownwood, said Scott Renick, The Villages director of commercial development. “We decided to create more inventory to bring new things to Brownwood,” he said.
Also: Recently filed building plans reveal that the first phase of work at the new Magnolia Plaza will include 51,454 square feet of anchor space for a planned grocery store and two wings of retail space containing 8,400 square feet and 9,695 square feet. Second-phase work will include four retail-restaurant outparcels on about 10 acres. The 23-acre neighborhood retail center near the Village of Marsh Bend already is fielding interest from businesses wanting to lease space, Renick said. Though he added that it’s too soon to disclose prospective tenants, “We’ll have a pretty full shopping center before we even come out of the ground with construction. With the demand we’re seeing, it will fill as fast as any other of our retail centers, if not faster.”
Also: The two bridges being built over State Road 44 continue to move forward as part of the overall plan to connect residents with amenities from one end of the community to the next. The substructure for the northern bridge near Brownwood is being formed on one side of SR 44, while about three-fourths of the pilings have been driven on the other side of the road. The truss has been assembled, and electrical and signage work is about to begin. Meanwhile, the building of the southern bridge at Morse Boulevard and Lake Deaton Plaza will require a temporary closure of Chelsea Terrace, which connects Kristine Way with SR 44 next to Rohan Recreation Center. Construction will include a new entry-and-exit from the recreation center onto Chelsea Terrace. Signs will be placed to advise motorists of the construction activity.
Also: Technologically advanced equipment continues to arrive at The Villages Grown, the garden-to-table farming operation that will grow high-nutrient, organic produce, said Adam Wright, operations director. The operation received delivery of large water tanks needed to rapidly grow plants, and delivery of the computer controlled shading system is expected this week. Combined with water chillers, that system protects plants from Central Florida’s unique weather patterns.
David R. Corder is a senior writer with The Villages Daily Sun. He can be reached at 352-753-1119, ext. 5241, or firstname.lastname@example.org.