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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.

Tavistock snags nearly 200 vacant acres near Lake Nona

 

 

 

An affiliate of Lake Nona’s developer spent cash to buy nearly 200 acres of cow pastures on the border of Orange and Osceola counties.

Springhead North LLC, an entity related to  Development Co. LLC, on Jan. 31 spent $15 million — or nearly $77,000 per acre — to buy three parcels of land from Carter-Lake Away North Land Trust, Orange County records showed.

The land isn’t contiguous to Lake Nona, but rather is on the east side of Narcoossee Road along Clapp Simms Duda Road in Orange County and along Cyrils Drive in St. Cloud, southeast of . Two parcels are in Osceola and the third is in Orange, property records showed.

It’s unknown what’s planned for the property and representatives from Tavistock were immediately unavailable for comment.

Daryl Carter of Maury L. Carter & Associates Inc. declined to discuss details of the sale, saying only that his family has been representing that land through trusts for about 40 years.

However, Carter did say proximity to Tavistock’s 17-square-mile booming community of is what made that land valuable.

“If you get in a helicopter only about 100 feet above ground, you can see Lake Nona and what Tavistock has done there with Medical City and everything else,” Carter told Orlando Journal. “It’s all very innovative, transformative, generational, impactful things. And this land is in that core of influence.”

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 Medical City life sciences hub, plenty of new activity in the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, and more than 11,000 students at its schools.

Florida Hospital no longer seeks Sanford Burnham assets

 

 

 

 

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Hospital has withdrawn its plan to establish a cancer-research facility in the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona. The University of Central Florida had a similar competing proposal for Sanford Burnham’s assets.

The hospital’s decision to pull out of the competition comes after a Jan. 23 county commission meeting where the University of Central Florida and Florida Hospital presented their competing proposals to take over the assets of the Sanford Burnham Prebys facility as the institute winds down its local operations.

Florida Hospital, which would have teamed up with Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, wanted to transform the 175,000-square-foot facility into a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, which would be a first in Central Florida, and create hundreds of high-wage jobs.

However, unbeknownst to Orange County, Florida Hospital entered into an exclusive agreement with Sanford Burnham, a secret deal that ultimately backfired. At the end of the county meeting, most of the commissioners said they favored transferring the Sanford Burnham assets to and/or making this an open bid process.

The next step for the county is either to select UCF’s proposal and negotiate the transfer of assets or request more proposals as part of an open process.

And be sure to check out these other Wednesday headlines:

Lake Nona parent launches Tavistock Hotel Collection

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

Speaking of Lake Nona … Tavistock expects public transit to drive sports growth

When it comes to bidding for the 2026 FIFA World Cup and other major sports events we want to lure to Orlando, we fall short when it comes to one key component: public transportation. So said Andy Odenbach, vice president of Tavistock Sports Ventures, who thinks the region needs to up its game in that sector. More here.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel near Disney to add rooms

The Grand Cypress Resort plans to add 29 hotel rooms, bringing its total to 779. Based on industry estimates, the additional 29 rooms may cost roughly $11.2 million. The change for the land use plan was filled on Jan. 29 to the Orange County development review committee. More here.

New leader named for Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Orlando Economic Partnership has named John F. Davisas the new executive vice president of Orlando Inc., the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, which is a partnership division focused on helping businesses and entrepreneurs. More here.

McDonald’s bests Nike, Apple as most visible brand on social media

McDonald’s reigns as the most visible brand on Twitter and Instagram, beating out the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola, Google and Apple. The fast-food chain’s logo, on average, is featured in almost 890,000 Twitter and Instagram posts per month, according to Statista.

Tesla rideshares, micro apartments on the way as Lake Nona’s Pixon tower takes shape

 

Next-generation amenities are on the way to the fast-growing Lake Nona community as Tavistock Development Co. LLC brings its planned $30.2 million Pixon mixed-use development to life.

The residential and retail project’s 11-story apartment tower broke ground last summer at the southeast corner of and Lakes boulevards, with pre-leasing to begin this summer. Among its amenities are a rideshare program that features the Tesla Models 3s, electric car-charging stations, concierge delivery system and a 24-hour gym with on-demand fitness by Lake Nona Institute partner Technogym.

A total of 32,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space will feature a bar/restaurant, retail and pharmacy storefronts and a café. And a top-level sky lounge will offer panoramic views, a resident bar and private outdoor dining.

The property is slated to open in winter 2018 under SPM Property Management, which also manages Lake Nona’s Ariel Apartments, WaterMark Apartments and the Landon House complex across from Pixon.

Pixon is one of the upcoming projects in Tavistock’s Lake Nona portfolio, including the $300 million next phase of the nearby $780 million Lake Nona Town Center.

See the photo gallery above for a look at what’s happening at the Pixon site and check back to Journal for more news on Lake Nona and Tavistock projects.

Lake Nona tees up opening of Drive Shack golf complex

Lake Nona’s newest sports-themed complex is getting ready to open its doors to the area’s golf fans.

New York-based global golf entertainment company Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE: DS) will debut its $20 million-$25 million golf-themed driving range and entertainment complex on Feb. 14, Sports Ventures Vice President Andy Odenbach told attendees at Orlando Journal’s Jan. 19 Business of Sports luncheon.

The new three-story, 57,000-square-foot sports center — the next piece of Lake Nona’s 300-acre Sports and Performance District — features a restaurant, lounge, bar, 90 hitting bays and meeting spaces on 15 acres at 7675 Blvd.

Drive Shack began hosting several hiring events in November to prep for its opening, as previously reported by OBJ. The complex still has positions available on its careers webpage, ranging from bay caddy to senior operations manager.

The new Drive Shack complex is expected to be a direct competitor to Dallas-based Topgolf, which last fall opened its three-level, 65,000-square-foot sports venue on Orlando’s International Drive tourist corridor.

Niche grocer Earth Fare kicks off construction in Lake Nona area

Niche grocer Earth Fare Inc.’s first location has broken ground in the Lake Nona area and is set to open this summer.

General contractor J. Raymond Corp. began work late last year on the 70,000-square-foot Shoppes at Nona Place, which Earth Fare will anchor.

Good Healthy eats

Earth Fare

Earth Fare, touted as a health and wellness supermarket, is sure to draw a healthy crowd, as it has many organic and vegan offerings and promises that its foods are free of:

  • Added hormones
  • Artificial fats and trans fats
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Bleached or bromated flour
  • Antibiotics
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Artificial preservatives
  • Artificial colors or flavors

The project on the southeast corner of Narcoossee and Tyson roads is expected to create more than 100 temporary construction jobs.

Palm Beach Gardens-based Blackfin Partners joined forces with Canadian firm North American Development Group to build the estimated $10.5 million specialty neighborhood retail complex just south of High School.

Fletcher, N.C.-based Earth Fare and Sunrise-based Pet Supermarket Inc. are among the first two tenants to finalize leases in the shopping center. Pet Supermarket will take 7,000 square feet.

The shopping center also will feature Heartland Dental, which will take roughly half the space in a 6,000-square-foot building it will share with local company Lee Nails & Spa.

Two more endcap spaces are available, along with two nearly 1-acre outparcels that can accommodate up to 6,000 square feet of space and a nearly 4,500-square-foot fast-food restaurant building.

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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.

Adventist Health System buys Lake Nona land for $9M

Adventist Health System, parent of Hospital, just bought more land in southeast ‘s community that potentially could be used for several medical purposes, including a freestanding emergency department and/or an outpatient surgery center.

Freestanding emergency centers typically are owned and operated by licensed hospitals. The facilities are not connected to a main hospital campus, but offer the same comprehensive 24/7 emergency services. The number of such facilities is on the rise in Florida, in part due to overcrowded ERs and a desire to grow hospital system revenue. Such facilities also act as a toehold for future hospitals.

Adventist spent $8.975 million on roughly 15 acres on the north and south sides of Lake Nona Boulevard, according to documents filed on Dec. 15. The land is adjacent a 67.24-acre site Adventist bought last year, which currently is zoned as grazing land and doesn’t have any structures built on it.

The land is 13 miles from Florida Hospital East Orlando on Lake Underhill Road.

Adventist representatives were not immediately available for comment on what it plans to develop on the site.

The latest land sale deed restricts Adventist to a maximum of 145,000 square feet to be used for medical offices, an emergency department, an outpatient surgery center, and health and wellness services that can include chiropractic services, general physical therapy and rehabilitation services. The deed also allows for dining, vitamin and nutritional supplement retail sales, day care and a church or other place of worship.

Lake Nona’s currently houses the Orlando VA Medical Center, which opened last year, and the 5-year-old Nemours Children’s Hospital, and plans are in the works for a 100-bed University of Central Florida/HCA teaching hospital expected to open by the end of 2020 adjacent ‘s 50-acre College of Medicine campus.