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Tavistock proposes upscale Isleworth-area mixed-use project

 

 

 

 

 

 Group is lining up plans for a new Windermere mixed-use development it wants to build on vacant land on the shores of Lake Down.

The developer of the upscale Isleworth Golf and Country Club is seeking Orange County approval for the yet-to-be-named project on 43 acres zoned for agriculture at the northwest corner of Conroy Windermere and South Apopka Vineland roads, in what’s called the Isleworth Four Corners planned development.

Plans include 21 single-family homes; a 107-bed assisted-living and memory-care facility; 72 independent-living units; 40,000 square feet of medical office space in a two-story that may include a clinic or emergency department; a 30,000-square-foot big-box retailer; and about 40,000 square feet of additional shops and eateries east of Isleworth that Tavistock already owns through its related Windermere Property Holdings LLC.

The county will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Chain of Lakes Middle School Cafeteria, where Tavistock will present its plans. Previous versions included a gas station and hotel, but residents shot down those plans, said Tavistock spokeswoman Jessi Blakley.

may begin sometime in 2019, pending approvals, said Tavistock spokeswoman Jessi Blakley, adding that it was still too early to have a project general contractor chosen.

Andres Duany of architect and town planning firm DPZ Partners LLC is a project consultant; Vero Beach-based Merrill, Pastor & Colgan Architects principal Scott Merrill is the architect; Winter Park-based Donald W. McIntosh Associates Inc. is the civil engineer; and Rulon Munns of Bogin Munns & Munns is the zoning attorney.

This is one of several projects Tavistock already has in the works. It also has more than $3 billion worth of construction in southeast ‘s 17-square-mile community, and plans in the works for the 24,000-acre Sunbridge community, for which it recently snagged another 200 acres of land in Orange and Osceola counties.

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.

$1B ‘Vertical Medical City’ downtown Orlando

-based developer Ponte Health Properties LLC wants to create what it calls “Vertical ” in Orlando — a $1 billion three-tower complex.

The proposed, privately-funded development would deliver medical services for people age 60 and older, ranging from preventive to critical care and assisted living.

Conceptual renderings show three connected towers with a total of 2 million square feet, and one of the towers would be 550 feet tall, which is 100 feet bigger than the SunTrust tower.

One of the towers would be for urgent care, surgery and recovery. Another would be for assisted-living for those age 60 and older, and the third building would be for physician and clinical offices. Health wants to have studio apartments for physicians and registered nurses as part of the project, as well as meditation gardens and a nutritional center.

“Six weeks ago, we didn’t know we were going to be building this project,” Ponte Health founder Tabitha Ponte told Orlando Business Journal. “It was not intended to be a full-scale development. It was an exercise to see the capabilities of our group for creating something like this for Chicago. But as we progressed and presented our project to health care professionals, we started receiving interest and we explored it.”

Ponte estimates the project will create more than 1,000 jobs, and she expects it to have a $2 million-$3 billion annual economic impact, based on similar health care developments.

The company, which is seeking an equity partner, said “a major health system has stepped forward with intent to lease one of the three towers” and operate the emergency and surgical part of the project, but Ponte declined to reveal the identity of the medical partner.

Orlando Health, Florida Hospital and Lake Nona’s GuideWell Innovation Center, which is where Ponte Health has its office, all told OBJ that they are not involved in the project.

Ponte Health currently is looking at building the project on the surface parking lot at 110 W. Jefferson St., according the city of Orlando. Nothing formal has been submitted to the city regarding the Vertical Medical City at this time, although the city has received two conceptual photos and an inquiry.

Ponte said she also is looking at several other downtown sites and will need just 1.5 acres to build on, and she wants to close on a site within the next 90 days.

Ponte Health also has considered building the complex near the future Lake Nona teaching hospital that will be built by the University of Central Florida and Hospital Corp. of America (NYSE: HCA), but Ponte has not talked to or Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. about that idea.

If the development does get built in downtown Orlando, it would be between the Florida Hospital and Orlando Health downtown campuses, but Ponte said the new Vertical Medical City wouldn’t compete with them. “We are doing something different; it’s a particular demographic we are serving. My scale would be significantly lesser and specialize in a hospice and assisted living. I’m trying to create an experience for a demographic that’s not currently being taken care of. It will be a contemporary experience — modern with extensive green spaces within the building itself. I want it to feel like you’re still outside.”

She said the project also will also be high-tech with artificial intelligence systems and other technologies to help patients. “When I was a hospital patient after suffering a small stroke, I kept thinking, ‘Why is the building not helping me?’ That’s what’s really driven this company and project — our intent about the building helping the patient.”

Ponte said the group has a Feb. 8 pre-application meeting with the city of Orlando.

Here is the projected timeline of the project:

  • Approval for development: Summer/fall 2018
  • Foundation/site package: Spring/summer 2019
  • Break ground: Fall/winter 2019
  • Building package: Spring/summer 2020
  • Vertical construction: Winter/spring 2020
  • Construction completion: Winter/spring 2023
  • Occupancy: Summer/fall 2024

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.