US Highway 441
This corridor is a regional transportation corridor that divides the east and west side of the City. US 441 serves as the primary highway gateway into the City that will change with the improvements to SR 46, but will continue to serve as the prime north/south highway artery through the City. There is significant development land in the 500 acre corridor (3.5 miles in length) approx. 250 acres is vacant. Current development consists of highway commercial and community uses, with residential behind the highway frontage uses. In the long term (10+ years), the area between Donnelly Street and SR 46 may transition in both density and intensity with mixed land use nodes near these two major intersections with connectivity of transitional uses. Project development sizes can range from 1-2 acres to over 100 acres based on current ownership patterns.
The US 441 corridor will attract a combination of corporate chain stores and businesses not currently located in the City. Professional office and business services will be at the appropriate size and scale that will not compete with uses in the Wolf Branch Innovation District area. The City will require a mixture of uses that will be master planned on larger parcels in excess of 10-15 acres. The type of development pattern will be urban in nature to maximize buildings at the street edge that will enhance the street appeal of the use(s).
The City has recently upgraded utility service in the corridor and will extend the fiber ring along the entire 3.5 mile corridor. The City will work with developers to ensure that the timing of development will allow for the fiber service to be provided as part of the project infrastructure.
The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting an off-system corridor planning study along Old U.S. 441 from Wooton Park in the City of Tavares to Tremain Street in the City of Mount Dora. The purpose of this study is to identify and evaluate alternatives for a 6-mile multi-use trail that would connect the proposed Segment 5 of the Wekiva Trail with Wooton Park in downtown Tavares. This Wekiva Trail extension is included in the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2020 List of Priority Projects for advancement from the “study” phase to the Project Development & Environmental Study.
Innovation Trail Planning Study was completed in December 2020 and proposes a 6.5-mile multi-use neighborhood trail that would provide enhanced bicycle and pedestrian connection between the existing Tremain Street Greenway in downtown Mount Dora, the planned Sorrento Avenue Trail (at County Road 437/Plymouth Sorrento Road), and the future development in the Wolf Branch Innovation District to the other Wekiva Trail segments.