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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Officials to consider annexation of pasture to provide link for huge development

The annexation of 24 acres of pasture land that will link the massive Hammock Oaks development from County Road 466 to Lake Ella Road will be up before the Lady Lake Commission.

The commission will hear a first reading of the annexation of the property at 6 p.m. Monday, April 1 at Lady Lake Town Hall.

The green outline shows the location of the 24 acre Caudill land
The green outline shows the location of the 24 -acre Caudill land.

The Lady Lake Planning and Zoning Board has already recommended the annexation of the 24 acres of pasture and a home located at 403 Lake Ella Road. The property is owned by 73-year-old David Caudill and his life estate. His wife Linda, a longtime teacher in Lake County, died in 2022. She loved raising horses on the property, according to her obituary.

The Caudill property will be the site for 82 new single family homes.

Donkeys at the Caudill property pose by orange public notice signs posted by the Town of Lady Lake.
Donkeys at the Caudill property pose by orange public notice signs posted by the Town of Lady Lake.

The 24 acres will provide a vital link for Hammock Oaks, which being put together by Kolter Land, a company known for high-end development. Hammock Oaks is set to include a Walmart in the far northern corner at County Road 466 and Cherry Lake Road, town homes, market rate homes, age-restricted homes, a community development district and additional retail, including, quite possibly a restaurant.

Nearly 2,000 people will likely be living in the Hammock Oaks development by the time it is built out.

For a detailed look at the development, check out this link: Overall Plan Hammock Oaks

The 82 homes planned for the Caudill property are projected to add 12 elementary students, six middle school students and nine high school students to the Lake County School system. An addition of 240 seats at the Villages Elementary of Lady Lake is set to commence this summer, with an anticipated opening in fall of the 2025 school year.

Traffic remains a primary concern for those living near the massive new development, including Villagers whose homes back up to Cherry Lake Road.

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