Commission Meeting Agenda Item

Agenda Item

Conceptual Presentation for the Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe Expansion Plans and Renderings — Update — Proposing to redevelop and expand from 6,893 square feet of existing retail to a total of 9,530 square feet of retail gross lease area and add 42 parking spaces, including two Florida ADA accessible parking spaces, on four parcels totaling approximately 1.13 acres, addressed as 106 West Lady Lake Boulevard, located at the southeast corner of the intersection of North Highway 27/441 and West Lady Lake Boulevard, identified by Alternate Key Numbers 1131448, 1131430, 1131421, 1260345.


Growth Management

Staff recommends advancing the proposal as recommended by the Town Commission.


On September 18, 2019, the Villages Regional Hospital Auxiliary Foundation submitted a proposal before the Special Conceptual Town Commission Workshop to redevelop and expand the Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe from 6,880 square feet of existing retail to a total of 9,525 square feet of retail gross lease area.

It was identified that the two-story building addressed as 106 West Lady Lake Boulevard, which had served as the first general store of Lady Lake for close to 100 years, cannot be renovated and expanded to the proportion in accordance to the Foundation’s growth plans. As a result, the applicant is proposing to demolish the two-story building and construct.

During the Special Conceptual Workshop, the Town Commission offered feedback to the applicant as to what they would like to see built at this location. The Town Commission was mostly in favor of the proposed architectural elevations; however, the applicant was directed to explore additional options regarding the setbacks and the possibility of saving historic trees.

To follow up with the Town Commission’s feedback, the applicant would like to present the following proposal.


A substantial reconfiguration of the site has been designed to accommodate saving the two historic trees, create more open space area for drainage, remove the two-story building and expand the existing building. The expansion is to be constructed to match the existing building façade for a more uniform property line.

The easterly boundary facing Hwy 27/441 requires a 20-foot buffer; however, the applicant is proposing a 10-foot buffer with an architectural street wall to continue the downtown urban principles and patterns of adjacent sites as per commercial design standard regulations.

In reviewing the proposal, Town staff has identified that the proposal meets with major significant elements of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan policies:

  1. The request is compatible with approved land uses in the vicinity to the east, south and west of the subject parcels (FLU 1-1).
  2. The criteria for Identifying Marketable Commercial Site are in line with FLU Policy 1-4.1 as it relates to the ease of access to collector thoroughfares from the site.
  3. General Pattern of Commercial Land Use proposed for this project align with FLU Policy 1-4.2 as commercial land use shall be directed along corridors.
  4. Mitigation of Impacts to Adjacent Land Uses is in line with FLU Policy 1-4.4 in that the site will provide sufficient landscaping buffers and screenings as required by the Town’s Land Development Regulations and Open Space FLU Policies as well as on-site storm water retention for future drainage needs.
  5. The criteria for promoting orderly growth goes in line with FLU Policy 1-9.2 which seeks to encourage growth and development in existing developed areas and infill areas.

The applicant has prepared a presentation to elaborate on each of the options. An important element of this proposed expansion is the stormwater retention, so the engineer of record has depicted the proposed location of the underground water detention system on the site plans.

The following items are included in the packet:

  • Architectural Elevations and Revised Site Plan Renderings by Forefront Architecture Engineering
  • Site Plan Conceptual Layout Option by Michael Pape and Associates, P.A.

Fiscal Impact

To be determined at a later time. If project proceeds, requirement for connection to Water and Sewer will be required and additional ERUs will need to be allocated.

Source of Funding

Not applicable.

Funding Account

Not applicable.