City, county favor UCF to take over Sanford Burnham’s Lake Nona

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Mayor Buddy Dyer both favor proceeding with negotiations between the University of Central Florida to take over Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at , according to recent correspondence between the two government officials.

After a contentious Jan. 23 county commission meeting,Florida Hospital sent a Jan. 30 letter to each local funding partner officially withdrawing its proposal for  from consideration. “That currently leaves us with the proposal, which again is the one that was preferred by the county,” wrote Jacobs in a Feb. 2 letter to Dyer and the Tavistock Group.

She goes on to say that UCF is proposing to lease the medical facility on a long-term basis and provide rent payments estimated at $2 million to the funding parties. UCF said it would work with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville,Tenn., Hospital Corp. of America (NYSE: HCA), Provision HealthCare and Altercare as partners.

Jacobs said the purpose of her letter is to set a date with stakeholders to determine if everyone favors moving forward with the UCF proposal.

Dyer responded to the letter on Feb. 6: “Given the need to move forward in a timely manner and that no other proposals have been brought forward after the public presentations, the city of Orlando supports negotiating with UCF to lease the site currently occupied by  Burnham Prebys. This includes developing the appropriate draft agreements and bringing them to the city of Orlando and for review and consideration.”

However, Dyer indicated one concern is UCF’s timeline for when it will occupy the building. “Since the [Board of County Commissioners] supported the proposal with a less definitive timeline [compared to Florida Hospital], we would expect that should negotiations not be completed before [Sanford Burnham] vacates the facility, Orange County would be responsible for any ongoing maintenance and operations of the building created by a gap in tenancy.”

He concluded his letter stating that the UCF medical school has been a catalyst for growth and is confident about working with it.

“We now have the opportunity to meet with Sanford Burnham Prebys, finalize our proposal and present a complete plan to Orange County officials. We are eager to create an academic cancer research and treatment center that will serve our community – patients, researchers, providers and taxpayers,” Dr. Deborah German, dean of the UCF College of Medicine, told Orlando Business Journal.

Lake Nona parent launches Tavistock Hotel Collection

 

Billionaire Joe Lewis’ Tavistock Group on Jan. 30 announced the launch of the new Hotel Collection that will oversee two new hotels planned to break ground in this year.

The new entity will oversee a “growing” hospitality portfolio, including the Tavistock Lake Nona Resort and the Tavistock Town Center Hotel in the southeast community. Kit Pappas — a 30-year hospitality veteran who previously was COO of  hotel developer and manager Capella Hotel Group — was appointed vice president of hotel management.

“It’s significant when an organization like Tavistock — known around the globe for its smart investments and commitment to excellence — says they want to create an innovative opportunity in your industry,” Pappas said in a prepared statement. “We now have an opportunity to create new brands and experiences with the same excellence, creativity and ingenuity that Tavistock is known throughout the world for, and I for one wanted to be a part of that from day one.”

Along with the Lake Nona project, the new Tavistock Hotel Collection will include additional properties in the future that focus on “exceptional services and delivering one-of-a-kind experiences.” In fact, sister company Tavistock Development Co. LLC recently bought Fort Lauderdale’s Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, with plans to reimagine it as the city’s social harbor.

“As we look to our future and that of Tavistock’s growing portfolio of world-class properties, the creation of the Tavistock Hotel Collection will allow us greater opportunities to engage with our customers and create more fulfilling experiences,” Tavistock Development President Jim Zboril said in a prepared statement. “This collection will only further these efforts by offering us these additional engagement opportunities.”

Meanwhile, here’s a closer look at the two Lake Nona properties:

Tavistock Lake Nona Resort

The new eight-story iconic performance resort and spa will feature one of the nation’s largest man-made Crystal Lagoons bringing the “beach” to Central Florida in 2020. The project, which will feature 250 guest rooms and 80 condos, will be built between the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and the USTA National Campus. It’s expected to appeal to athletes, leisure travelers, incentive groups and families. Amenities will include 20,000 square feet of meeting space, an expansive rooftop lounge, a 120,000-square-foot beach volleyball venue, and a major fitness and spa campus. Miami-based Arquitectonica is the project architect.

Tavistock Town Center Hotel

The 16-story, 215-room as-of-yet-unbranded hotel is planned for the center of the overall, more than 3 million-square-foot Lake Nona Town Center, which is planned to become a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment when it debuts in late 2019. The 16-story, full-service hotel will be targeted to leisure travelers, business professionals and style-conscious guests. Amenities will include a 24-hour fitness center featuring Technogym equipment, an 80-seat restaurant and a vibrant rooftop pool and lounge with private event capabilities.

Check out the photo gallery for a closer look at the two properties.

The 17-square-mile Lake Nona is one of Central Florida’s hottest communities. It notched the No. 15 spot among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities with 523 home sales in 2017, John Burns Real Estate Consulting reported. Additionally, the community already boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees in its 650-acre life sciences hub, plenty of new activity in the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, and more than 11,000 students at its schools.

FOXTAIL COFFEE CO. AND ISLAND FIN POKE CO. COMING TO LAKE NONA

Foxtail Coffee and Island Fin Poke are the first commercial tenants announced within ’s newest multifamily development, Pixon Apartments. Foxtail Coffee and Island Fin Poke will occupy 1,300 and 1,700 square feet, respectively, within the 32,500 square feet of mixed-use commercial space on the ground floor of Pixon.  While Pixon is scheduled to complete at the end of 2018, both tenants are anticipating an early 2019 opening.

Thoughtfully located within walking distance to the growing Lake Nona Town Center at the southeast intersection of Tavistock Lakes Boulevard and Lake Nona Boulevard, Pixon is an urban-inspired, 201-unit modern flat community featuring an impressive list of innovative community conveniences including a ride share program featuring Tesla Model 3s, a concierge delivery system, and the Orlando market’s first micro apartment units

Foxtail Coffee Co. specializes in roasting the freshest coffee from all over the world using state-of-the-art coffee roasting equipment. Foxtail Coffee Co. at Pixon will offer a welcome atmosphere with the highest standard for quality coffee.

Foxtail

land Fin Poke Co. creates some of the freshest and most flavorful island-style bowls infused with local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients – pole-to-bowl, farm-to-fork naturally great food. Pixon marks the brand’s third restaurant opening in Central Florida.

RUBIO’S COASTAL GRILL COMING TO THE LAKE NONA LANDING SHOPPING CENTER

 

 

Rubio’s Coastal Grill, known for their amazing fish tacos that have taken California by storm. They’re now opening a location at the Lake Nona Landing Shopping Center due to open at the end of 2017.  This will be the 2nd location in Central Florida. Rubio’s Coastal Grill currently has a popular Winter Park location.

The San Diego-born chain, founded by a college-aged surfer and made famous for its fish taco recipe, rose to fame when it toppled Chipotle to become the top-rated Mexican restaurant chain in America in 2015

Rubio’s Coastal Grill has a strong comment to fresh ingredients and refuses to use additives like artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, added MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, food coloring, partially hydrogenated oils and much more.

Incentives, new jobs plan gets green light for Lake Nona’s Johnson & Johnson institute

The City Council approved the plan by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. — a division of New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) — to create 25 positions by Dec. 31, 2020, five less than what was projected three months ago. Though it’s fewer positions, the workers will earn higher wages at an average $100,000 in annual pay, city documents showed.

The jobs are expected to be generated from the firm completing an $18 million expansion of its southeast Orlando development and training center, as previously reported by Orlando Journal. The expansion would bring the regional headquarters for the institute’s North America Leadership Development and Training Center to the booming Lake Nona community, city documents showed.

The existing 17,000-square-foot Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute does research and provides services for Fortune 500 companies and North American corporations related to mental, physical and spiritual health and well being. The programs and courses offered at the institute help to increase workplace morale and employee productivity, OBJ previously reported.

Meanwhile, along with the higher-wages, the average value of Johnson & Johnson workplace benefits for local employees is $25,000, which includes health insurance, pension and 401(k) contributions and employer tax, city documents showed.

Johnson & Johnson representatives were not immediately available to discuss more details.

However, the company website’s career page shows an open position for a Director of Client Experience for Premier Executive Leadership, an exclusive executive development and wellbeing program designed to prepare top global leaders. The director must have worked with C-suite executives and 20-plus years of experience working in a corporate environment, according to the job listing.

Snapshot of $172M worth of Lake Nona projects underway

The fast-growing, 13,000-resident Lake Nona community in southeast Orlando is dotted with cranes, piles of earth and the machines to push ’em around.

Among developer Development Co.’s projects underway are three valued at  $172 million combined:

Flip through Orlando Journal‘s slideshow for a closer look at these developments emerging out of former pasture land.

Lake Nona is home to several businesses, including the new $430 million KPMG training and innovation center and New York-based Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE: DS), a new global golf entertainment company opening its first location in Lake Nona in 2018.

Fall Adult Tennis Programs at the USTA National Campus

Adult Programs

Our Adult Programs offer something for all levels of play and experience. Just starting out? Try our Play Tennis Fast or Tennis 101 program. Played before? Tune up your game with our singles and doubles specific training sessions. You’ll practice the best shot selection and patterns of play in a game-based format. Our programs aim to give you a great workout too! Look for our Cardio Tennis and Live-Ball programs for non-stop action.

Generally our adult programs will be offered on our Har-Tru (clay) courts. Occasionally an event conflict will move a program to the state of the art, Plexicushion courts. Our Adult and Adult/Child programs on the Family Zone courts offer the opportunity for families to enjoy the great sport of tennis together.

To meet your busy schedule most classes are offered as a daily drop in reservation – or save by signing up for the entire session. Please note: drop-ins are accommodated if space is available in the class and are encouraged to be reserved at least 24 hours in advance.

Many programs are offered for specific levels listed as NTRP levels (3.0, etc.).  For assistance in determining your NTRP rating Click Here.  This will guide you in your registration of our programs.

Adult programs are for players ages 18 years and older. 


Play Tennis Fast – Nemours Family Zone

Designed for the new or returning adult player to learn tennis basics in a fun environment.  On the Family Zone’s 36 ft. and 60 ft. courts, players are able to serve, rally and score as quickly as possible while developing their fitness and skills.  Red and Orange balls used to facilitate learning. Racquet size: 25-27 inches.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!

Tennis 101

Learn the game or brush up your skills if it has been awhile since you last played. Daytime and evening classes available. Sign up by the session or drop in for individual sessions.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!

Cardio

Enjoy a heart-pumping workout and hit balls continuously. Improve your fitness and your tennis simultaneously. Daytime and evening classes are available. Sign up by the session or reserve a drop in for individual classes.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!

HITS

Similar to our popular Cardio classes, but with a play-based focus. Enjoy our “High Intensity Training Sessions” for a heart-pumping workout and hit balls continuously. Daytime, evening and early morning classes are available.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!​​​​​​​

HITS 90

Similar to our popular cardio classes but with a play-based focus. Enjoy our 90 minute “High Intensity Training Sessions” for a heart-pumping workout and hit balls continuously. Daytime, evening and early morning classes are available.
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class 

Live-Ball (3.5+)

A fun and energetic hour of pro led doubles style point play.  The serve, return and “down time” in between points have been removed and really amp up the energy and fun!  Come join us for live-ball play and continual focus on moving from defense to offense. Sign up by the session or reserve a drop in for individual classes.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class
Fall 2 – 10/23-12/22 (9 weeks)- Schedule coming soon!​​​​​​​

Doubles Training

Combine strokes and tactics in these lively game-based sessions.  Practice doubles situations with active play.  Professional/Coach will feed and review technique and shot selection.
Fall 1 – 8/14-10/21 (10 weeks) – NOW OPEN!
Reserve a Drop In for an Individual Class

GROWN RESTAURANT IS NOW OPEN IN LAKE NONA

Grown is now open for business. Grown Restaurant is own by former NBA Star Ray Allen and his Wife Shannon. Grown is located inside the Lake Nona Walmart in the Lake Nona Landing Shopping Center.

Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. They’re currently in a Soft Opening phase with a Limited menu.
Grand Opening will be later this Summer.

Grown gives a facelift to fast food. Making it easier to eat healthy in Lake Nona.

Grown has real food, cooked slow, for fast people. When it comes to eating, busy people have been conditioned to accept compromise. At grown, food can finally be convenient, nutritious and affordable all at the same time, under one garden-topped roof, full of freshly grown ingredients.

Grown will be located in the new Lake Nona Walmart in Lake Nona Landings.

AMAZON WAREHOUSE DISCUSSED NONA AREA

Developers plan to build a large Amazon warehouse on Boggy Creek Road, south of Orlando International Airport,

Emails between Amazon warehouse developer Seefried Industrial Properties and Orange County officials lay out plans for a multi-story distribution center that makes use of vertical space with the kind of robotic storage systems that can quickly retrieve any of the millions of products the retailer sells online. It’s to be similar to centers built in Ruskin and Lakeland.

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Details of “Project Mojo,” as sources say it has been called, remain preliminary. Three sources with close ties to Central Florida’s industrial market say prospects for Amazon to build in Orlando could still take months of discussions and involve government incentives.

A key point for negotiators so far has been truck access to expedite the delivery of goods throughout Central Florida.

“Maintaining all these access points is very important to Amazon from a traffic perspective,” reads an email from Paul Seefried to Orange County. The developer went on to say that Amazon wants actual traffic counts.

Seefried, who has partnered on other Amazon warehouse developments, also sought government documents showing the warehouse would fit in with current land-use rules.

“Because of the required design investment, Amazon is putting a lot of pressure on us to produce a county letter/memo that states that proposed building fits within the current Airport South PD,” another email reads.

Amazon would have a 15-year lease on the facility, emails from Seefried show.

As discussed, sources say the project could be similar to one built recently in Tulsa, Okla., for Amazon by partners, including Seefried Industrial Properties. With a footprint of 856,000 square feet, the multi-story industrial building has a mezzanine that brings the total usable space to 2.3 million square feet. Others said the space might allow only half that storage.

The Seattle-based online shopping company has broadened its Florida footprint with last year’s completion of a 1 million-square-foot industrial distribution center in Ruskin. Another similar center is being constructed in Jacksonville, and the giant online retailer also has a space in Miami and southwest of Orlando near Plant City.

The site slated for “Project Mojo” will consume more than 130 acres, Growthspotter.com reported early last month.

Amazon has had repeated success winning economic incentives in Florida and elsewhere.

In 2013, Florida awarded the company incentives that could amount to $1.12 million if it creates 375 jobs with an average salary of $47,581 tied to Plant City in Hillsborough County.

The company recently won approval to get $1.18 million of economic incentives if it created 900 full-time jobs as part of a $130 million Colorado fulfillment center being built near Denver in Aurora. The jobs would pay an average $30,297, according to incentive agreements reported by the Denver Post. Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved tax incentives up to $40 million if Amazon meets job and investment targets, according to The Lane Report.

UCF STUDENTS’ SCULPTURE TO BE INSTALLED IN LAKE NONA

June 4, 2017, , — A team of University of Central Florida students who designed a solar-powered art sculpture celebrated this week after the Orlando Utilities Commission and Tavistock Development selected its project to be built in the innovative, Laureate Park master-designed Lake Nona community later this year.

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Four teams of senior-level undergraduate students in mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science worked with art students to create four aesthetic solar-powered sculpture designs, the result of a year’s worth of work refining the concepts that began with hundreds of sketches, thumbnails and ideas.

The winning sculpture “Sundial” was praised for its combination of artistry and sound engineering.

“This beautiful combination of functioning solar and thought-provoking art prompts our customers to learn more about the innovative programs we offer. By bringing future engineers and artists together, UCF has done a tremendous job of giving us an opportunity to showcase the next generation of top talent,” said Linda Ferrone, OUC vice president of Strategy, Sustainability & Emerging Technology.

OUC sponsored the projects and competition to create a sculpture that would give the public an opportunity to learn about solar power and its importance as a renewable energy source. They wanted to give residents an engaging, beautiful, interactive community centerpiece sculpture that would contribute to a local power grid.

The winning team wanted to embody the spirit of Lake Nona – traditional and community-oriented, and at the same time modern and new. With built-in sensor plates, the circular sculpture features interactive LED lights and musical sounds. The sculpture also serves as a clock by casting shadows created by the gnomon (the triangular shape that rises from the circular base) and also with LED lights. Measuring 14 feet tall and 22 feet in diameter at full-size, the sculpture will generate the energy it requires with solar panels. It will be installed at OUC’s expense in ’s Village Center.

“It’s surreal to think that we won, after all the challenges we faced every day,” said Dominique Russell, a senior in mechanical engineering who graduates today. “We’d work so hard to refine a feature, but then the next day we’d have to change it. We had to remain flexible.”

Marie-Jo Gordo, a junior in studio art, noted the unique challenges that arise when artists work with engineers. “As artists, we often want to create things that are not physically achievable. We had many great ideas but the engineers kept bringing us back to reality.”

The Sundial teammates are: Gordo, junior, studio art; Daniel Schutt, sophomore, graphic design; Russell, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Peter Warren, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Graham Morgan, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Kevin Weng, graduating senior, mechanical engineering; Julio Rodriguez, senior, mechanical engineering; Jade Sziros, sophomore, computer engineering; and Camille Van Atta, junior, studio art.

Four teams vied for the honor. The students presented their designs to OUC executives in March as part of their UCF coursework. Team members also delivered carefully prepared and rehearsed product pitches and presented small-scale prototype sculptures. Working from OUC’s ongoing feedback, the students refined their designs and showcased their polished prototypes during the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s senior design showcase on April 21. Two finalists were selected to move onto a final round of competition, which placed the finalists before OUC representatives and the design review committee Wednesday night.

“Tavistock Development is proud to partner on this project at the intersection of higher education and public arts,” said Jim Zboril, president of the Tavistock Development Company. “These sculptures are a reflection of what Lake Nona is about – innovation, sustainability, technology and education.”

The projects represent a culmination of work between the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Visual Arts & Design. Classes were held in SVAD’s AdLab. They also served as the engineering and computer science students’ final senior project, a requirement for graduation.

The teams incorporated sound engineering principles into their designs, such as the ability to withstand hurricane-force winds and optimize sun exposure to generate energy to power the sculptures’ electrical features and contribute to the grid. The sculptures use materials and convey art concepts – such as reflections and shadows – that recognize that it will be on display year-round outdoors in the bright sun.

UCF faculty who oversaw the projects include the engineering faculty Robert Hoekstra; Mark Steiner, Lei Wei; and Mark Heinrich; and the SVAD’s Robert Reedy.