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Johnson & Johnson institute’s new HQ to go in Lake Nona’s Medical City

 

Although it was known earlier this year that New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson’s (NYSE: JNJ) Human Performance Institute planned to expand in Lake Nona, but many assumed its new headquarters would be built near its existing building that’s located at 9757 Club Drive, which has been there for about 20 years on the north side of the southeast Orlando community near the North Lake Park neighborhood.

And now it’s been revealed that the company plans to construct its new $18 million, 34,480-square-foot office building about five miles southwest of its existing 17,000-square-foot location. The headquarters — being developed by Tavistock Development Co. LLC — will go in Lake Nona’s 650-acre life sciences hub known as on 7.7 acres at the southeast corner of Medical City Drive and Laureate Boulevard.

The vacant site at 6614 Laureate Blvd. is south of the existing Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona and southwest of the parcel where the University of Central Florida and Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corp. of America (NYSE: HCA) plan to build a teaching hospital.

Once completed by year’s end, the new headquarters of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute — a division of Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness Solutions Inc. — will create 25 high-wage positions and draw Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes and military special forces to Lake Nona to work on achieving mental and physical high performance.

The institute chose the site for its new headquarters because “this was really one of the best places to locate [those services] to and go deeper into Medical City with these cutting-edge companies and technologies that are here,” Lowing Kibbey, global head of the institute, previously told Orlando Journal. “That was really our focus, to be in a place where there are that vitality and innovation.”

Check out the site plan and see the photo gallery above for more on the one-story Medical City building.

Developer preps site for apartments, shops near SunRail station

 

An 18.4-acre property adjacent the SunRail Sand Lake Road station is being readied for site work.

Landowner Sandlake Station Partners LLC, an affiliate of the Aventura-based Master Real Estate, is seeking Orange County approval to mass grade the property for a new development that would include a 38,000-square-foot commercial building and 196 apartments on vacant land at 7803 S. Orange Ave., according to the April 11 application. TRI3 Civil Engineering Design Studios Inc. is the applicant.

The mixed-use project, north of Sand Lake Road and on the east side of South Orange Avenue, is being marketed by MIR Developments as the Sandlake Station Condominiums and Sandlake Station Shops, Orlando Journal previously reported.

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Emerson International Inc. wants to build a new retail center in southeast near .

The Altamonte Springs-based development firm is seeking approval from the Orange County development review committee on April 11 to build a 40,600-square-foot retail center in the Eagle Creek community. The $6 million-$8 million commercial center would be built on 8.29 acres of undeveloped land at 13615 Narcoossee Road.

The project will include:

  • A 21,900-square-foot grocery store
  • A 5,000-square-foot restaurant

Civil engineering firm VHB and C4 Architecture are working on the retail project. A new shopping center brings with it opportunities for companies, vendors and people looking for jobs, as well as retailers that want a presence near Lake Nona.

The overall 67,500-square-foot lot is part of the mixed-used Eagle Creek community that fronts Narcoossee Road.

The community has The Sanctuary at Eagle Creek, a 282-unit apartment complex, and townhomes dubbed the Curzon Place Golf Villas, developed by Emerson International.

Tavistock adds 2 buildings, bike paths to $780M Lake Nona Town Center

 

The $780 million retail and entertainment complex underway in is getting an estimated $19 million-$27 million worth of new buildings and will be transit-friendly.

Development Co. LLC submitted an amendment to the city of Orlando to establish a town center bicycle parking plan for the second phase of the town center in addition, it includes the addition of land and projects not previously included in the framework Specific Parcel Master Plan approved last year. The new additions include:

  • A four-story parking garage dubbed Building B Garage that will have 840 spaces and 324,000 square feet, for an estimated $50-$70 per square foot, or $16.2 million-$22.7 million, according to industry standards.
  • A one-story commercial building called Building N that will house 27,871 square feet of commercial space for an estimated cost of $100-$150 per square foot, or $2.8 million-$4.2 million.
  • A 175 space surface parking lot, at an estimated cost of $1.25-$1.50 per square foot, according to industry standards. A lot of that many spaces likely would run about 37,000 square feet, at a cost of $46,250-$55,500.

The development group also recently announced that a 110,000-square-foot wellness center with a rock-climbing wall, swimming pools, and high-tech equipment is planned for the second phase of the Lake Nona Town Center.

The first phase of Lake Nona Town Center already opened and includes Class A office space, a dual-branded Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott hotel, retail and restaurant space and a multilevel parking structure attached to a six-story digital art monument called , on which lights, colors, images and scenes set to music are projected to create a show. At full build-out, the town center will have more than 4 million square feet.

Stressed about work? You must live in Florida

 

 7 things to know today

Good morning, !

Lately, it seems like everywhere you turn, someone is talking about — or offering advice on — how to deal with stress.

Stress levels nationwide have been rising for many demographics since their low point in 2016. Common stressors include the future of America and money, along with uncertainty about health care. But not all demographics are affected in the same way. For example, women’s stress levels rose in the past year while men’s actually dropped.

So to determine the Most & Least Stressed States, WalletHub analyzed 38 key indicators of stress to determine the places to avoid and achieve a more relaxing life. The dataset ranges from average hours worked per week to personal bankruptcy rate and share of adults getting adequate sleep.

Here in the Sunshine State, we scored in the good range for family-related stress (No. 6), health and safety-related stress (No. 20) and money-related stress (No. 22), but not so good when it comes to work-related stress (No. 37). That gave us an overall ranking of No. 16 on the list.

It turns out that Louisiana is the least stressful state, while Minnesota is the most stressful place to live. See the full data here.

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A New York-based development group wants to build three apartment towers in Orlando’s bustling downtown. More here on what’s next for the developer and what the project will include.

Here’s how many jobs Orlando added

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA added 6,200 construction jobs between February 2017 to February 2018, a new report from Associated General Contractors of America shows. In all, construction employment increased in 257 out of 358 metro areas in that time frame, declined in 50 and stagnated in 51. See the metro data here and state data here.

SpaceX launches RemoveDebris experiment on Falcon 9 rocket

The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule spacecraft that Elon Musk-owned rocket company SpaceX launched from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station on April 2 carried a high-tech experiment designed to help bust down the many small pieces of material floating in low Earth orbit that can hinder future space travel. .

Orange County tourist tax collections up in February

Orange County tourist tax collections for the month of February totaled $23,813,900, an 8.9% increase over the year-ago period. Tourist taxes are charged on short-term rentals, mostly hotels and motels. Year-to-date, collections through February total $114,756,700, a 10.7% increase over a year ago.

The Walt Disney Co. plans to launch ESPN+, its new sports-focused subscription streaming service, on April 12. ESPN+, its first direct-to-consumer TV service and will give fans a “dynamic” lineup of live sports, original content and on-demand programming for a subscription price of $4.99 per month.

Delta Air Lines hit by data breach

Delta Air Lines — one of the largest carriers at Orlando International Airport — said it is investigating a data breach involving a company, [24]7.ai, that provides online chat services for it and other companies. Delta said in a statement that the breach, which occurred from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, 2017, involved “certain customer payment information.” It did not say how many customers may have been affected.

OIA tackles potential development of 1,300 acres

Orlando International Airport is looking at the potential of its east airfield for future expansion and overall growth.

 

The Greater Aviation Authority, the entity that oversees the airport, has teamed up with real estate firm Jones LangLaSalle Inc. to look at how 1,342 acres of airport-owned vacant land can be developed in the near future. The land, bought by the airport over several decades dating back to 1986, is prime for developments that cater to operations such as fuel storage, training, distribution and logistics, warehouses or other airport-related needs.

“Our original purpose was to acquire this property to expand if needed and to provide aviation opportunities for support uses that would generate jobs,” Phil Brown, executive director with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, told Orlando Journal. “Our whole intent, which goes back to one of our main goals in economic development, is to use that property to bring new jobs to the airport and generate non-aviation revenue, which accounts for 30 percent of the airport’s [$518.2 million] budget.”

There’s no timeline for when the land will be developed and leased out, but Brown said he is ready to hear proposals. He said the airport constantly is growing and the available land is a major asset for that growth. “They are not making any more land,” he said, noting other airports in Florida are mostly landlocked.

Orlando International Airport is looking at how it can use more than 1,300 acres for future development.
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Orlando International Airport is looking at how it can use more than 1,300 acres for future development.
Most of the 1,300-plus acres is useable — roughly 1,100 acres — with the rest designated as wetlands. The land also is near access points for the airport and highway systems that would make it ideal for most users who need to transport cargo or other large bulk items.

The airport also may use some of the vacant land for its own operations, including storage for materials for the $2.15 billion south terminal project, which is underway and slated to be done by 2020. However, one type of development that’s not on the radar is any residential type of project, such as or apartments, as the goal is to use the land to enhance airport operations.

This move coincides with the airport’s already massive growth plans that include more than $3 billion in new development and upgrades. The airport welcomes more than 44 million passengers and counting each year, thanks to Orlando’s $60 billion tourism industry that continues to invest in new attractions, hotels, and other offerings. Central Florida draws 68 million-plus tourists to the region each year.

Lake Nona City Park Details – East Airfield and Laureate City Parks

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Two new parks are breaking ground in Lake Nona on Thursday, September 7th, 2017. Laureate City Park and East Airfield City Park will both be completed in 2018 and provide Lake Nona residents great options for fun, exercise, and relaxation. We’ll have more details after the groundbreaking ceremony.

Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 1 Commissioner Jim Gray will join with Development Company leaders and community members for the official groundbreaking ceremony for two new city parks in the City of Orlando’s fastest growing community, Tavistock’s Lake Nona. Both parks are planned to open in Summer 2018.

In the northern portion of Lake Nona along Dowden Road and nearby Lake Nona’s Northlake Park neighborhood, East Airfield Park will include four ball fields; a softball field, Babe Ruth/Pony field and two Little League fields with spectator bleachers, a scoreboard and lighting for evening games. In addition, a central pavilion will provide a shaded concession area and restrooms. The park will also include a playground and trails that link you to Lake Nona’s 44-mile trail system.

Further to the south within Lake Nona’s neighborhood, Laureate City Park will include four multi-purpose fields, a practice area, fitness station, playground and pavilion, concession building, and trails along with ample parking. Laureate City Park will be located at the intersection of Hartwell Road and Kellogg Avenue – within walking distance of the new OCPS Laureate Park Elementary School.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando has paradise under construction

 

Paradise isn’t built in a day, but Margaritaville Resort Orlando is trying to get it done by this summer.

The $750 million, a 300-acre resort in Osceola County has under a 180-room Margaritaville hotel, 1,000 resort vacation cottages, 300 timeshare units and a 12-acre, multimillion-dollar water park. As such, the resort held a behind-the-scenes construction tour of the property with media on March 26 that showed the latest work.

Primarily, the resort’s 1,000-plus vacation cottages are well underway on construction with the first 25 units set to be ready by July. The next 25 units, which will be built in 25 increments, will begin construction immediately at the completion of the previous 25 cottages.

“We have 25 railed up and you will see those coming up shortly. The concept is that we have six different islands or villages of about 200 each. We are trying to have every home be unique with no duplicates,” Jim Bagley, managing director of project developer Encore Capital Management, told  Journal, noting that the resort will have at least 300 homes finished every year.

Also, underway is the new Margaritaville hotel, which has two wings of about 90 rooms apiece. The hotel’s drywall is being installed on the western wing of the hotel with plans for those rooms to be completed by December. The hotel’s east wing currently is installing exterior framing and is running about 30 days behind the west wing, but Bagley said both of the hotel’s wings should be done at the same time for the late holiday season.

Amenities at the hotel include s 5,000-square-foot kids’ club and fitness center, a 2,500-square-foot food and beverage outlet and a 10,000-square-foot, zero-entry beach lagoon that will open by July.

“Right now the building shells and ironworks are being built on those amenities. We are also in good shape for the first pools. We expect to have 5,000 renters here on the weekend and we need to have pools to accommodate that, so the amenities will be able to accommodate 1,000 people apiece,” Bagley added.

As for the 200,000-square-foot retail center, space is filling up as tenants keep singing on. Tenants include Studio Movie Grill, GameTime, a Rascal Flatts restaurant, a KISS Rock & Brews, Skechers, Bahama Bucks Original Shaved Ice Co., Avalon Day Spa, Café Rio, Cold Stone Creamery, Paradise Spirits & Wine and BurgerFi.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando is expected to radically transform Kissimmee’s iconic U.S. Highway 192 tourist corridor when it opens later this year. The resort will boost Central ‘s lodging and activities and should spur more capital investment here. Orlando’s $60 billion tourism industry — the region’s main economic engine — draws 68 million visitors annually.

Airport exec shares more on Brightline’s timeline, plans

 

 

All Aboard Florida’s -to-Miami Brightline passenger train is making progress with the Orlando International Airport portion of its route.

The $3.5 billion Brightline train will soon be moving into the airport’s Intermodal Terminal Facility where it, along with SunRail and an undetermined light rail, will be housed.

Stan Thornton, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority COO, said the crew will be moving in as early as next week. “They are going to start setting up in their office in the Intermodal Terminal Facility that they’ve been constructing out. Planning and engineering officers are going to be down in there,” said Thornton.

Thornton added that with the latest conversations between the airport and Brightline officials, it looks like they will be ready to start on the property in June/July where there will be physical construction on the airport’s property. “What they’ve told us is that from the time they actually start, they have a 30-month construction schedule to get that done,” Thornton said.

The timeline sets it up for Orlando’s leg to be operational by the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. But there’s still a lot of work to do before then.

“They have a lot of work to do for mass grading. They are going to be coming down from State Road 528, and they are going to be coming to our property from past Narcoossee Road through Lake Nona. They start to come on the property on the northern edge underneath Goldenrod Road. All of that has to be mass graded,” Thornton said.

The only part of the route that hasn’t been built out to have rail go underneath it is the Cargo Road interchange with the Jeff Fuqua Boulevard exit to the north. Thornton said there will be a reconstruction of those bridges and ramps in that area so that they can get the train underneath there and continue down underneath the north cross-field taxiway. Plus, there will be a need to fill in the ponds.

The Intermodal Terminal Facility itself is already prepared for Brightline.

However, the first goal of Brightline will be to get its 70-acre Vehicle Maintenance Facility built on Orlando International Airport property. Once that’s up, Brightline can assemble all its locomotives and cars, and work the rail line route back to South Florida.

The entire Brightline route will cover 235 miles.

The train started operations in January connecting from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale.

For a look inside the Brightline train, check out sister paper South Florida Journal‘s gallery.

KPMG’s revamped plans for Lake Nona center

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning, Orlando!

New York-based audit giant KPMG LLP is revamping the plans for its 55-acre training center.

If you recall, KPMG received $3.8 million in economic development incentives for the training center project, including $3.5 million in tax rebates from Florida and the city of Orlando for a seven-year period and a $320,000 Qualified Target Industries tax refund through the state, which is expected to create 80 jobs by 2019.

More here on what KPMG is requesting approval from the city to change.

The new KPMG center is expected to boost the local by bringing thousands of employees into the market, creating new jobs at the facility and hundreds of third-party contract operator positions.

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Hard Rock HQ’s Orlando departure to result in 184 layoffs

Orlando-based casino, hotel and restaurant operator Hard Rock International Inc. told the state via a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice, that it will lay off 184 workers starting in April through July. The company said the layoffs will be permanent. More here.

First look: Lake Nona teaching hospital plans reveal future expansion

The University of Central Florida and HCA Healthcare’s application for a new teaching hospital in Lake Nona gave a first look of the new facility and the medical spaces it will create. More here.

Orlando ‘Shark Tank’ star to roll out products in Walmart this month

Hummus king Jesse Wolfe has scored one his largest deals yet. His company O’Dang Hummus, featured on CNBC’s show “Shark Tank,” last summer struck a deal with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT). And now, he will roll out his hummus salad dressing in 2,000 Walmart stores and neighborhood markets this month.

Ridership of Brightline — which eventually will extend to Central Florida — has exceeded expectations since the train began service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, CEO Patrick Goddard told an audience at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday. More here.

Florida House Speaker Corcoran says budget deal reached

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, indicated Wednesday afternoon that legislative leaders have reached agreement on a budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. More here.

Disney opens StudioLAB to build VR, AI ‘entertainment experiences’

Walt Disney Studios is launching an initiative dedicated to virtual reality and artificial intelligence. StudioLAB will reimagine, design and prototype entertainment experiences and production capabilities to promote feature films, as well as music and stage plays.