Police officers from Winter Park are investigating the death of Steve Walsh, a well-known developer whose company projects include the $250-million Tradition Towers project in downtown Orlando.
Walsh, 61, was found dead on his own property, according to Orlando Police who were called to Walsh’s $1.4-million home on Genius Drive around 1 p.m. today after a business associate alerted police. He visited the house about 1 p.m. after Walsh didn’t show up for work.
It seems that authorities are not yet prepared to say how he died and are refusing to call it either ‘suspicious’ or ‘not suspicious’ – which is a little suspicious in itself – especially since crime scene technicians were called to the home to assist – probably because police found the house in disarray and possibly ransacked. A crime scene technician was seen taking what appeared to be a rifle or a shotgun from the house. Neighbors said there had been recent burglaries in the area.
Broad Street Partners – founded in 1994 – specializes in the acquisition, development and investment management of multi-family communities, commercial/mixed-use projects and town center projects throughout the Southeast. Their developers have completed more than 20,000 condominium and rental units since the ’70s, currently valued at $2 billion. Current Orlando condo projects include the Residences at Ravinia in Maitland and Tradition Towers, downtown Orlando which earlier this year received a 14-month extension from the city of Orlando on the deadline to begin construction. Walsh faced opposition in Winter Park to a proposed condo and retail building on New York Avenue in Winter Park. Eventually, the city bought the property and plans were dropped in 2007.