What's happening in Hamlin

Developer Boyd Development Corporation announced apartments to add to the incoming hospital, luxury theater, Publix and other shopping and entertainment options.

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  • | 4:45 p.m. July 27, 2016
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The news has been piece-meal so far — with bits of Hamlin development trickling in every few months.

However, when the projects are viewed together, Boyd Development Corporation’s vision becomes clear: It is developing in Horizon West a community hub that will include everything from residential and retail to dining and, yes, even health care.


Boyd Development Corporation recently announced Hamlin’s latest housing option — a 316-unit apartment project, LakeWalk at Hamlin.

Construction on the apartments begins in September, with the leasing process beginning summer 2017. The project will be completed late 2017 or early 2018, said Kevin Merideth, of Boyd Development Corporation. 

Boyd Development has not yet announced floor plans or size of apartments and still is looking to hire a management company to lease the apartments. 

Both the apartments and center connected to the theater will front Lake Hancock. 

The apartments project is estimated to cost between $50 million and $55 million. It is the first apartment complex in Hamlin, which includes neighborhoods for single-family homes — Ashton Woods’ Hamlin Reserve and Taylor Morrison’s Overlook at Hamlin and Cove at Hamlin. These neighborhoods are still under construction, with homes currently for sale.


The hub of the community takes place at the intersection of New Independence Parkway and Hamlin Groves Trail.

“We look at the town center as the four quadrants of New Independence Parkway and Hamlin Groves Trail,” Merideth said. 

 At the northwest corner, a Walmart will open this fall, Merideth said. The Walmart, at about 193,000 square feet, anchors six other stores. The tenants of the stores have yet to be announced. A frontage parcel along New Independence Parkway also will have a mix of retail and restaurant options. These stores likely will open in 2017. 

At the southwest corner of the intersection, Hamlin residents will have their own grocery store — a 54,000-square-foot Publix supermarket. Construction is scheduled to begin in September, with the supermarket opening the following year — April or May 2017. 

Similar to the Walmart, the Publix also will anchor a variety of other retail options and restaurants. 

A main street will lead from Publix to a lakefront shopping center area at the southeast corner of the intersection, which will be home to a 10-screen luxury movie theater. The theater, operated by a company that Boyd Development Corporation has not yet named, will hold 750 to 800 seats. The theater will front Lake Hancock, along with three to five other waterfront restaurants. 


The first hospital built in Horizon West will be located in Hamlin, along the south side of Porter Road, with quick access to New Independence Parkway. 

The 16-bed Orlando Health hospital will be constructed beginning in November 2016 and completing in February 2018. It is built on 80 acres of land and designed to grow as the community does. Phase One of the project will initiate the hospital’s emergency department, with a second floor devoted to an outpatient diagnostics department and physician offices. 

It will increase Hamlin residents’ access to an emergency department. The closest hospital is Florida Hospital Winter Garden, located 15 minutes away from the community. 

Additionally, the hospital will add a source of employment in the health care sector. 

“It’s just a great synergy between a hospital like that — with the employees that are looking for a place to go for lunch and places to go for dinner and retail, and on the flip side, it’s great for our town center to have that type of employment center right there,” Merideth said. 


Contact Jennifer Nesslar at [email protected]


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