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inside Orlando’s first Earth Fare market in Lake Nona

 

 

will be getting the first of what could be many of organic grocery chain Earth Fare’s greater locations.

The Fletcher, N.C.-based company opened its 24,000-square-foot store at 13204 Narcoossee Road on Sept. 29 as the anchor to the $10.5 million Shoppes at Nona Place facility. The store features the same styling as many other Earth Fare stores, but there is a local feel for the residents of Lake Nona, according to Earth Fare CEO Frank Scorpiniti.

“What is not prototype is how we join each community, some of the refinement we do and the assortment of local products we have on the shelf,” Scorpiniti told Orlando Journal.“While the furniture is pretty darn similar, the people and local product assortment will be very focused for each store we open.”

The location at the Shoppes at Nona Place is among an increase of development in the area, including a 7,000-square-foot store for Sunrise-based Pet Supermarket Inc. The shopping center, developed by Palm Beach Gardens-based Blackfin Partners and Canadian firm North American Development Group, still is looking for other tenants. Interested parties can go here for more information.

Why develop in Lake Nona? We have a store we developed in Lakewood Ranch with (Development Co.), and of course, we toured many of its developments. We came to Lake Nona having known that, and we were incredibly inspired by the health and wellness focus of this particular community. We had become aware of this potential two-and-a-half year ago and understood the growth that was going to occur in this community with the young families, with moms and dads focused on health. What we offer was kind of missing here, and what we could do fills a need that has yet been addressed.

What has it been like getting more involved in the community? We have been here as a management team many times, but one of the ways our company becomes familiar with the community is we ask people to serve on community advisory boards and have met with our teams on more than four occasions to help us understand the community. That started 90 days ago, and we really appreciate what they do to tell us what the community needs, what we can do to be a better neighbor — and that’s put into the building blocks of this particular store.

What does it mean to stick to an organic food philosophy compared to other chains? It makes us very proud our focus is on health and wellness. We know if we do this right, the sales and growth of our company will come. Rather than being focused on selling everything, we’re focused on making sure we don’t sell what we perceive to be bad for health. I think that’s a very special position in retail — we have a higher purpose than filling a grocery buggy. Our purpose is filling it with longevity, health, and happiness.

What are the next expansion steps for the area? Our next store in the area will be by Orlando Health on the corner of Orange Avenue and Gore Street. That will open later this year and we are very excited. That will be No. 2 of probably eight to 10 stores we are looking at in the Orlando area currently. Many of these are still under negotiation.

Sports facility company shoots for next location,Lake Nona

By   – Staff Writer, Journal

An Orlando-based sports facility operator has scored a new location in Central Florida as it gears up for another.

XL Soccer World expects to build a $7 million, 50,000-square-foot facility in and open it next summer, CEO Ciaran McArdle told Orlando Business Journal. The company operates about eight facilities in the U.S, including one at 825 Courtland St. near the intersection of Lee Road and Interstate 4. That facility opened in 2011.

McArdle, a Lake Nona resident, hopes to attract soccer players and fans from Lake Nona and surrounding communities such as Kissimmee and St. Cloud. “We’ve seen tremendous success and popularity with what we do.”

The new facility will feature four fields for indoor soccer and futsal, a different version of soccer, among other uses. The facility will spread across roughly four acres off Narcoossee Road less than one mile south of State Road 417. XL Soccer World’s Xl Soccer World Orlando II LLC bought the 3.8-acre site from Narcoossee Land Holding Two Inc. for $571,400 on Aug. 27, according to Orange County records.

XL Sports Group

A contractor is expected to be announced soon. The architect is Orlando-based Butler Moore Architects LLC. Subcontractor opportunities likely will be available. A groundbreaking is expected before the end of the year.

McArdle declined to say where XL Soccer World’s next Central Florida facility will be, but he said it likely will be built in northwest Orlando.

XL Soccer World is the latest in a string of new sports companies to open facilities in Lake Nona. The $100 million U.S. Tennis Association National Campus opened its 100-court facility in 2016, and Drive Shack (NYSE: DS) opened its $25 million concept this spring.

Lake Nona global biotech firm to build facility, create 300+ high-wage jobs

City Council approved a nearly $380,000 incentive deal Aug. 20 for a Biotech and biopharmaceutical firm to build a major manufacturing plant in .

Cranbury, N.J.-based Amicus Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: FOLD) wants to build a 190,690-square-foot facility — its first biologic drug substance manufacturing plant with associated research and development in Lake Nona. The company will create 316 jobs in Orlando by Dec. 31, 2024. The jobs will pay an average annual wage of $69,670.

Amicus’s total capital investment is $148.85 million to $180 million in and equipment, according to Orlando city council documents. Under ‘s Qualified Target Industry program, the state will provide a total of $1.9 million to Amicus. Orlando will provide 20 percent of the full amount over an eight-year period.

However, the project is not a done deal, yet. In addition to Orlando, the company is considering other states for this project, but the incentives help sweeten the pot for Amicus to choose this area. Orange County also may kick in funding for the project and will decide whether or not to today, Aug. 21, during its commissioners’ meeting.

District 1 City Commissioner Jim Gray agreed that getting Amicus would be a good move for the city. “We are thrilled to welcome Amicus to the southeast part of town,” Gray said during the Aug. 20 city council meeting. “This is exactly what we are trying to attract — an established company with a great reputation bringing some talented smart people and paying them a lot to do their job.”

Tavistock Development Co.’s Lake Nona is a fast-growing southeast Orlando community that already employs about 5,000 people in its 650-acre life sciences hub. Lake Nona 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.

In addition, Lake Nona’s daytime population continues to grow with its Medical City life sciences hub and future developments such as New York-based audit giant KPMG LLP’s $430 million, 55-acre training facility being built on Lake Nona Boulevard. The community already boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees and more than 11,000 students at its schools.

UCF-HCA joint venture secure more land for Lake Nona teaching hospital

 

is putting more property into play for a new teaching hospital it’s building with Hospital Corp. of America in ‘s .

The UCF Board of Trustees on June 20 approved assigning UCF’s option to buy an 11.4-acre site on Lake Nona Boulevard — which is adjacent the 25-acre parcel already set aside for the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center teaching hospital — to Central Health Services, a joint venture between UCF and Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA (NYSE: HCA). The option, which is set to expire on June 25, would allow completion of the planned hospital campus and facilitate future growth, documents showed.

Central Florida Health Services would buy that parcel for about $6.8 million, or $600,000 per acre, from Development Co. LLC’s related Lake Nona Land Co., documents showed. The land is now appraised at about $10.4 million, according to Orange County records.

The purchase is expected to close by the end of June.

“We are thankful to the trustees for giving us this opportunity to acquire more land for the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center. The approval provides space for a growing hospital – and more equity for UCF,” UCF College of Medicine Dean Dr. Deborah German told  Journal in an emailed response. “We are eager to open this university hospital for our community, patients, physicians, researchers, and learners.”

The first phase of on the 100-bed UCF Lake Nona Medical Center is set to start on Oct. 25, and the property will open in 2020 next to the UCF Health Sciences Campus, between the UCF College of Medicine and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona. UCF plans to take over the Sanford Burnham’s assets once the institute vacates the property.

The university also is considering relocating its nursing college to Medical City.

Meanwhile, the new UCF Lake Nona Medical Center will help fulfill German’s goal of creating an environment that includes a great hospital affiliated with a top-notch medical school. The hospital will be a living/learning lab for training medical, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and social work students in teamwork skills and communication.

“If you’re sick and have exhausted all the treatments of your local hospital, where do you go for the next level of care? Many people say Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Cleveland Clinic. All of those are teaching hospitals,” German previously said.

The UCF Lake Nona Medical Center also will address a serious statewide lack of doctors. The Teaching Hospital Council of Florida and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida forecast that the state will have a shortage of 7,000 physician specialists by 2025. UCF started building residency programs a few years ago to address the shortage and now has 255 slots and expects to have more than 560 by 2020 through the partnership with HCA, German has said.

Hospital CEO shares why Lake Nona foothold is big part of its long-term plan

 

 

Hospital has been trying to grow its Lake Nona presence for quite some time — and now, its top executive revealed a little more about that strategy.

Florida Hospital President CEO Daryl Tol, who also serves as senior executive vice president of parent Adventist Health System, talked to  Journal about plans for 80-plus acres of land it owns in the fast-growing southeast Orlando community.

And moving quickly on these plans likely will be important for the hospital system, since it no longer is in the running to take over the assets of the 175,000-square-foot Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Lake Nona’s 650-acre Medical City.

Rather, the hospital system is more focused on what it will do with the vacant land it owns in the area.

is an important part of our long-term plan,” Tol said. “We do not have a final plan as to what we will build build but we know that community is going to grow significantly, and it’s going to be important in in our network to have our services there.”

Florida Hospital likely will start with physicians and outpatient services, move on to emergency services and eventually hospitals as the population grows, Tol said.

Adventist Health System/Sunbelt began assembling a big chunk of land in Lake Nona with a 67.24-acre site it purchased in 2016, and then followed that up late last year with another roughly 15 acres on Narcoossee Road on the north and south sides of Lake Nona Boulevard — the latter of which it bought from Lake Nona’s developer, Group, as previously reported by OBJ.

The site is approved for up to 145,000 square feet of medical offices, a freestanding emergency department, an outpatient surgery center, and health and wellness services such as chiropractic services, general physical therapy and rehabilitation services, according to Orange County documents.

“We plan many years out into the future and we look across our entire map and we realized that even before areas have grown to a point where we would build certain services we need to make sure we have a good plan for acquiring property,” Tol told OBJ. “We are very systematic in the way purchase land. Sometime we hold it for a number of years as communities grow and sometimes we build something immediately on the land.

“So you’re going to see us continue to acquire properties around Central Florida based on our longterm plan.”

In fact, Florida Hospital’s parent since last December bought more than 120 acres in Central Florida for future development.

But the 17-square-mile Lake Nona community is a priority for many big companies and organizations. Lake Nona 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, plenty of new activity in the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, and more than 11,000 students at its schools.

Florida Hospital earlier this year was competing with the University of Central Florida to win the assets of Sanford Burnham, which expects to wind down operations. But the hospital system withdrew its proposal after it was publicly revealed that Florida Hospital had an agreement with Sanford Burnham that was unbeknownst to Orange County officials and other stakeholders.

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 give a first look of the new facility and the medical spaces it will create.

Development Co. is seeking approval to build the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, which will include a three-story teaching hospital with 64 beds and shell space for another 16 beds, a 60,000-square-foot, three-story medical office building, a power house for utilities, a helipad and 592 parking spaces.

The plans, which are waiting approval for the first phase, show that would later expand the first floor of the hospital and build a future bed tower.

The hospital is slated to open in 2020 on undeveloped property adjacent the UCF Health Sciences Campus currently used for agricultural purposes.

The hospital would sit between the UCF medical school and the building housing the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at , which UCF plans to take over once the institute vacates the property. UCF has waited for nearly a decade to establish a teaching hospital.

“Every great medical school has a teaching hospital, and great hospitals are affiliated with top-notch medical schools. If you’re sick and have exhausted all the treatments of your local hospital, where do you go for the next level of care? Many people say Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Cleveland Clinic. All of those are teaching hospitals,” Dr. Deborah German, UCF’s first dean of the College of Medicine in Lake Nona, previously told Orlando Business Journal.

Once completed, the hospital will be a living/learning lab for training medical, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and social work students in teamwork skills and communication.

The main access to the hospital will be provided from Lake Nona Boulevard with secondary access points from Laureate Boulevard, Humboldt Drive and Drive.

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

Tavistock takes steps forward on Lake Nona Town Center’s next big phase

Developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC on March 9 is expected to go before the city of Orlando’s Southeast town design review committee with a specific parcel master plan for what’s being called Phase 2A — a significant piece of the $780 million, 3.8 million-square-foot open-air lifestyle and entertainment center planned for Lake Nona.

has submitted plans that include:

  • 1.2 million square feet of mixed-use development, including a brewery, bowling alley and medical fitness facility
  • About 200 hotel rooms
  • 3,200 parking spaces, including surface spaces and garage spacesLos Angeles Real Estate

The Lake Nona Town Center’s $70 million first phase included two office buildings — one completed and one now in the works— plus restaurants, a dual-branded Marriott hotel and structured parking, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal.

The request to expand the second office building to six stories also is on the March 9 review committee agenda, as OBJ previously reported .

Meanwhile, the Lake Nona Town Center is a long-awaited project meant to serve local residents, students and workers in the 11,000-acre southeast Orlando community, but likely also will attract some tourists, as previously reported by OBJ.

Hemisphere Restaurant Now Open at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

A new defining dining experience offers unparalleled views and seasonal chef’s recommended culinary flights

, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following a successful $3 million re-design and soft opening, the newly re-imagined Hemisphere restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner, serving up neo-contemporary world cuisine alongside unmatched views from the ninth floor of Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. The recently re-designed 3,000 square-foot restaurant seats 164 guests and playfully combines the adventure of flight with international flavors.

“Hemisphere was created for travelers and locals in search of an unforgettable dining experience offering fascinating runway views, thoughtful service, and an elevated level of cuisine and cocktails,” said Bruce McDonald, general manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. “We have embraced our unique location, with unrivaled, panoramic views of one of the most active international airports as the focal point of Hemisphere. Guests satisfy their inner curiosity with air and space travel among an upscale dining atmosphere.”

Hemisphere guests are transported into a world of travel-rich sights, sounds and tastes. The restaurant’s new design features floor-to-ceiling glass walls facing airport runways, inviting guests to gaze at planes etching through the starlit sky and rockets launching into space, McDonald continued.

Food & Beverage

Led by Executive Chef Jeffery Powell, Hemisphere’s culinary team has designed a menu that infuses robust international flavors and seasonal local ingredients. Dinner highlights include Chef Powell’s signature pork belly with slow pickled blueberries, candied jalapeños and savory sunchoke purée.

Additionally, guests will enjoy a seasonal Chef’s Recommended Flight, a menu of signature dishes that will change with every new season. Avocado toast, kalbi short rib sliders, grilled fennel and apple and pork tamales are available now as part of the featured Chef’s Recommended Flight on the restaurant’s new dinner menu.

“We designed the Hemisphere menu with dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and brought out to the table on a flow throughout the meal,” said Executive Chef Powell. “This way, diners can experience more dishes, rather than sticking to an individual starter and main course.”

The Hemisphere beverage menu complements the world kitchen concept with a carefully curated collection of wines and cocktails from each hemisphere, like the Very Long Layover featuring Lillet rosé, mineral water, lemon juice, grapefruit bitters, and lavender simple syrup. Wine cuvees are filled with 16 wine varietals from different regions around the globe. Wine Flights rotate daily and guests may simply select a direction to travel: Up North and Down South.

Restaurant guests enjoy an easy and grand sense of arrival to Hemisphere with direct access into the Orlando International Airport and the Hyatt Regency hotel valet, followed by a brief elevator ride to the ninth floor and entry into Hemisphere. Complimentary valet parking is available for all Hemisphere guests.

Hemisphere offers flexible seating to accommodate groups, as well as, small parties and single diners in its signature setting. Custom wine cuvees and lounge-style seating highlight the center of the restaurant and large custom aviation-inspired murals adorn the walls. The Upper Deck presents a unique setting for private dining and receptions with an eagle-eye view.

Paper Planes: A Local Art Installation

Following a local artist search, Damon Dewitt was hand-selected to craft the signature entryway art installation at the re-designed Hemisphere restaurant. Dewitt’s work, Paper Planes, is physically and metaphorically light and reflective evoking a nostalgic flight experience and embracing the sense of wonder and travel from the early years of commercial aviation. The art installation is showcased in the new entry of Hemisphere and follows the curvature of the signature spiral staircase to the Upper Deck. The handcrafted “paper” airplanes float on 15 rows of vertical, stainless steel wiring for a sleek yet simple display.

Hemisphere is open daily for breakfast from 5:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (12:00 p.m. on weekends) and for dinner Monday – Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. For more information and reservations, visit www.HemisphereRestaurant.com or call (407) 825-1234. Stay social on Instagram: @HemisphereRestaurant and Facebook: /Hemisphere Restaurant COM

 

About Hemisphere

With an active, upbeat environment, Hemisphere restaurant engages guests’ senses with seasonal menus featuring hand-crafted dishes that infuse local ingredients with modern world flavors. The restaurant is open for breakfast daily and dinner Monday – Saturday, with private event space available daily. It is located on the ninth floor of the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport with convenient access to downtown Orlando, the Interstate 4 business and tourism corridor, as well as the neighboring community. For more information, visit www.HemisphereRestaurant.com.

New Lake Nona office building in the works

Steps are being taken to build a new office building in Lake Nona’s growing Town Center.

Building No. 2. include four-story, 100,000-square-foot

Tavistock Development Co. LLC’s entity, Lake Nona Land Co. LLC, on Aug. 22 applied for an environmental resource permit that could allow site work to begin on a 11.3-acre project dubbed “Lake Nona South Town Center Phase 1, Office Building No. 2.” Plans include a four-story, 100,000-square-foot Class A office building.

The planned facility will be similar in size to the Town Center’s first Class A office building that houses Tavistock’s headquarters, Regus, Nemours Children’s Hospital administrative offices and Nurse on Call near Medical City. An existing parking garage will stand between the new office building and the current one.

The project will create new construction, vendor, leasing and job opportunities for local firms. However, it’s just a small portion of what’s in the works at the Lake Nona Town Center that’s slated to become a 3.8 million-square-foot lifestyle and entertainment center with restaurants, shops, hotels and more. A new restaurant called Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen will open there next month. See here for more on the Lake Nona Town Center plans.

The Lake Nona and Orlando International Airport area in second-quarter 2016 had more than 1 million square feet of office space with a 14.2 percent vacancy rate and a $27.49 average asking rent rate per square foot, according to a Cushman & Wakefield report.