Carlton Arms in Winter Haven Fl. Wednesday January 13 ,  2021.  


WINTER HAVEN — Carlton Arms plans to bring another apartment complex to Winter Haven near Cypress Gardens Boulevard and Lake Dexter. 

The Winter Haven Planning Commission approved plans for Florida-based developer The Mahaffey Company to produce 300 multi-family residential units on 38.63 acres. The development will be located east of Lake Dexter and approximately 1,000 feet north of Cypress Gardens Boulevard, according to the Planning Commission agenda.

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The development must also receive approval from the Winter Haven City Commission. 

The Mahaffey Company was established in 1962 and has built 21 apartment communities across Central Florida and in Indiana, according to its website. In Polk County, there are two Lakeland Carlton Arms communities and another in Winter Haven, also near Cypress Gardens Boulevard.

The new proposed development, The Carlton at Lake Dexter, would be closer to the Legoland resort.

An aerial view of the land proposed for The Carlton at Lake Dexter.

On Jan. 4, the developer — under the name Mahaffey Associates Lake Dexter, LLC — asked to add nine annexed parcels to an existing development plan and to increase the unit count from 240 to 300 units.

The developer requested that the commission assign Regional Activity Center and Conservation future land use to nine parcels and amend the future land use designation from Residential Low-Density to Regional Activity Center on another two parcels. According to the request, 16.27 of the total 38.63 acres is proposed for conservation.