As the Metro-Orlando core continues to approach build-out and growth pressures extend into the surrounding counties, Lake County finds itself uniquely positioned to absorb a significant portion of Central Florida’s future growth. Through on-going and extensive strategic planning efforts, the Lake County Office of Elevate Lake has identified four (4) major strategic corridors below that will serve as significant economic drivers in Lake County over the coming decades.
The Wellness Way corridor will capitalize on the human performance training, nutrition, sports medicine and health sciences work being done at the National Training Center, South Lake Hospital and Lake-Sumter State College, while protecting existing natural resources through effective master planning. Including over 16,000 acres located between Interstate-4, Florida’s Turnpike, and U.S. Highway 27, this strategic corridor will house upwards of 15,500 housing units and over 11 million square feet of non-residential uses.
Wolf Branch Innovation District
The Wolf Branch Innovation District corridor will be a significant employment center situated on approximately 1,300 acres along the Wekiva Parkway extension into Mount Dora. As it is the final leg of the beltway around Orlando, it will create significant economic development opportunities in Northeast Lake County. Elevate Lake and the City of Mount Dora have completed an implementation plan that will guide the development of this strategic corridor, to include a wide range of commercial, light industrial and retail land uses.
To see maps and stay updated on the Wolf Branch Innovation District visit https://ci.mount-dora.fl.us/1348/Wolf-Branch-Innovation-District
The Minneola Interchange corridor is located along Florida’s Turnpike at the epicenter of the City of Minneola’s recently created CRA, spanning roughly 4,000 acres and will be home to four planned mixed-use developments. In total, the developments have entitlements for over 8,000 residential units, 1.69 million square feet of retail and office space, and 1.4 million square feet of industrial space. This strategic corridor is conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, 30 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, and 20 minutes from major Interstates I-4 and I-75.
To see Maps of the Minneola Interchange area please visit http://www.minneola.us/minneola-mountain-properties-community-redevelopment-area/webforms/boundary-map
Christopher C. Ford Commerce Park
The Christopher C. Ford Commerce Park corridor is located on U.S. Highway 27 at the crossroads of State Road 19 and Florida's Turnpike. As Lake County’s largest existing industrial park, it has become the home of over a dozen manufacturing and distribution businesses. Companies such as Carroll Fulmer Trucking, Dunkin Donuts Distribution, Niagara Water Bottling Company and Domino’s Distribution have realized the benefits of the Park’s strategic location. New businesses being added to this strategic corridor in 2021 include the Kroger robotic customer fulfillment center and Amazon’s last-mile delivery station.