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Cinépolis USA will open a nine-screen, 40,000-square-foot cinema in 2020 in the town center

 

 

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A Dallas-based cinema has pressed play on a new theater in the $780 million Town Center, one of the biggest developments underway in southeast .

Cinépolis USA will open a nine-screen, 40,000-square-foot cinema in 2020 in the town center, according to Tavistock Development Co. LLC. Orlando-based  currently is working on the town center’s $300 million second phase.

It’s the second Cinépolis in Central after the company opened a theater in Winter Garden earlier this month.

Ticket prices typically range from $10-$18 for adults and $8-$14 for children.

Outside of Cinépolis, Lake Nona Town Center’s second phase also will feature a brewery, comedy club and live performance venue, bowling concept, a 215-room luxury hotel and more than 80 restaurants and shops.

“Cinépolis is the entertainment centerpiece for the next phase of the Lake Nona Town Center,” Jim Zboril, president of Tavistock Development Co., said in a prepared statement. “The theater experience is exceptional and epitomizes the quality guests can expect when visiting the town center.

About 37 major retailers are interested in opening shops inside the development. Those retailers range from American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) to Dick’s Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS). Tavistock hasn’t confirmed any of the potential retailers as tenants.

Retail interest in Lake Nona shouldn’t be a surprise since population growth — as evidenced by home sales — drives retail. 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 650-acre 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, and the teaching hospital being built by University of Central Florida-Hospital Corp. of America (NYSE: HCA).

Residents in Lake Nona often have higher wages and live in pricier than the average Orlando resident. Lake Nona household income was $143,500 in 2017, nearly three times Orange County’s average household income of $49,391, according to Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh. And that is attractive to major retailers.

“The market as a whole in Lake Nona has only gotten better and continues to get better,” retail expert Jorge Rodriguez, executive managing director in Central Florida of Colliers International

Amazon delivers up hiring events for Lake Nona fulfillment center

By   – Staff Writer, Journal
 Updated 

Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) on Aug. 10 kicked off mass efforts to hire more than 1,500 workers at its new $132 million fulfillment center.

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant wants to fill full- and part-time positions for its 2.3 million-square-foot, four-story Amazon Robotics fulfillment center in southwest Orlando. Amazon will host hiring events between Aug. 10-23 at the Hilton Garden Inn at 7300 Augusta National Drive near Orlando International Airport.

Prospective candidates will be seen by appointment only will be hired on the spot during the event. Appointments can be set up one online on the company’s Amazon Delivers job website, as there will be no walk-ins. Those interested in mobile phone updates also can text MCONOW to 77088. Benefits will include health care coverage starting on Day 1, up to 20 weeks paid parental leave, 401(k) and company stock awards; shift schedules will vary.

Amazon previously announced it will hire up to 1,500 people for the Lake Nona center and has the potential to hire up to 2,500 during the holiday season. It has more than 125,000 full-time associates at more than 100 fulfillment centers across North America.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s fulfillment center is part of a boom in major development in the southeast Orlando’s Lake Nona. Audit giant KPMG LLC is underway on a $450 million training complex and the U.S. Tennis Association, which already built its $100 million National Campus in Lake Nona, wants to expand. And Lake Nona developer Group has kicked off early work on the next $300 million phase of the Lake Nona Town Center, which reportedly is attracting plenty of major retailer interest.

Lake Nona has more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees at its 650-acre life sciences hub and about 11,000 students at its schools — including the University of Central College of Medicine.

“Having Amazon involved certainly makes industrial — which hasn’t always risen to the top — more interesting,” John Pottinger, commercial development director for Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC, previously told Orlando Business Journal. “This sophisticated fulfillment center routinely will employ more than 1,000 people day in and day out … and will impact Lake Nona and Orlando’s jobs, retail and housing. It fits nicely into our overall plans and ambitions for Lake Nona.”

Step inside the KPMG’s $450M training center in Lake Nona

It’s best to use a golf cart to motor around New York-based KPMG LLP’s future 780,000-square-foot Lake Nona campus.

The titanic Learning, Development & Innovation Center at Lake Nona — spreading out over 55 acres — already towers above the tree line despite still being built in the fast-growing southeast Orlando community. The $450 million project, perhaps the most significant in Lake Nona, is so large that 250,000 cubic yards of dirt were moved during early site work — enough to fill 76 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The structure, which when completed will bring about 800 KPMG staffers on-site per week for training, topped out Aug. 8 after breaking ground in May 2017. Before the ceremony, Orlando Journal stepped inside the unfinished building to take look at its development.

Workers are sprinting toward a late 2019 completion, as the training center is expected to open in January 2020. See the photo gallery for a closer look.

Most of the building’s skeleton has been erected, and future spaces have started to take shape. Rows of classrooms with 14-foot-tall ceilings are visible in addition to most of the 800 single-occupancy guest rooms and other learning and innovation spaces. A trip down unfinished halls reveals multiple, two-story communal lounges, which are aimed at fostering collaboration among the trainees. Most spaces around the facility encourage socializing. For example, KPMG workers won’t have access to refrigerators in their room, in the hopes that they’ll mingle in shared space

A look at accounting giant’s $430 million training center that will bring 40,000 company visitors each year.

Inside KMPG Training facility

Outside of training and socializing, the building also will feature eating spaces, like a pizza/pasta station and a wine bar. The facility will house a 15,000-square-foot fitness center in addition to a bevy of outdoor spaces.

is expected to start soon on a town hall center that can seat about 1,000 people and can be further subdivided for smaller events. A separate 15,000-square-foot social venue/pub also has yet to start construction.

From the top floors, Lake Nona can be seen above the trees and a crescent shape to one side of the facility offers views of nature behind the back of the facility.

Despite being so large, the site will hold about 350 parking spots, since most of the people parking will be staff. Shuttles will eventually run employees between the training center and nearby Orlando International Airport.

“Building on our culture of continuous learning and our nationally recognized learning and development program, the new facility will integrate leading-edge design and technology to help prepare our professionals to deliver new business models and breakthrough solutions for our clients,” KPMG CFO David Turner said in a prepared statement. “This project represents a significant investment in our exceptional professionals and the future of our firm.”

Why KPMG and USTA built a home in Orlando’s Lake Nona

Located just ten minutes from International Airport sits , one of the nation’s fastest-growing communities on a mission to support a holistically healthy living. Lake Nona encompasses over 13,000 residents and more than 10 million square feet of residential and commercial facilities, including the University of Central Florida () College of Medicine and Nemours Children’s Hospital.20170506_NONA_0005-blog
Aerial view of the Lake Nona community, ten minutes from Orlando International Aiport.

Companies have been attracted to Lake Nona for its extensive land options, proximity to Orlando International Airport, groundbreaking gigabit fiber optic technology (named one of only nine Iconic Smart + Connected communities in the world) and all-inclusive community amenities.

In 2018, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) celebrated a one-year anniversary for its new “Home for American Tennis” at Lake Nona. ’s new Home for American Tennis is the biggest and most innovative facility of its kind in the world, with revolutionary technology built into its 100 outdoor tennis courts – recording training data that coaches and professionals from around the country can take back to their communities.

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USTA’s National Campus in Orlando.

USTA needed a location that would supply enough space for its 63-acre facility and embody the principles of the association. USTA not only found the land it needed to build its new Home in Lake Nona; it found a collaborative community that embraces its mission of inspiring human performance. And by partnering with UCF, Visit Orlando and Visit Florida, USTA felt confident that it could fill its stands at its national and international tournaments.

“It became clear early on that Orlando was our new home because this is an exciting, energetic place to be,” Gordon Smith, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of USTA.

In 2017, KPMG began on its new global learning, development and innovation facility. As KPMG’s largest capital investment ever, it was imperative for KPMG to find a location that fit a long list of important criteria: the right culture, climate, community partnerships, incentives, transportation and more. KPMG needed a place that would foster an innovative and collaborative environment for employee training. KPMG considered 49 potential cities including Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas before choosing Orlando.

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Rendering of KPMG’s new global training center.

Orlando’s Lake Nona met and exceeded KPMG’s criteria for their largest capital investment project ever. Not only did the city’s future-forward vision resonate with KPMG, but the company was able to fly directly to 90 percent of its other office locations from Orlando International Airport.

“One of the key factors in choosing Orlando was the innovation we see here,” KPMG’s U.S. Chair and CEO Lynne Doughtie said. “The Lake Nona area is known for innovation, and that factor was lacking in many other cities we considered. Of course, all the recreational opportunities in the area are also a big draw.”

KPMG’s $400 million learning, development, and innovation facility in Orlando is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2019.

Amazon to deliver its Lake Nona fulfillment center largest industrial project

One of Orlando’s largest and most game-changing real estate projects appears to be getting closer to its grand opening.

Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is scheduled to complete its 2.3 million-square-foot, four-story fulfillment center in southwest Orlando’s community in this year’s third quarter. The massive warehouse on the growing west side of Lake Nona near Orlando International Airport created about 1,200 temporary jobs. When completed, it will employ more than 1,500 — with up to 2,500 employees during the holiday season — who will have a chance to engage with Amazon’s high-tech robotics.

The $132 million project also solidified Orlando as an emerging statewide logistics hub. Once Amazon signed on, several local real estate agents pointed to increased activity from other companies interested in bringing the new “mega distribution center model” to the region — which creates thousands of jobs and can change the community’s landscape.

Plus, Amazon is yet another high-profile tenant joining the Lake Nona lineup, along with audit giant KPMG LLC and the U.S. Tennis Association, among others.

“Having Amazon involved certainly makes industrial — which hasn’t always risen to the top — more interesting,” John Pottinger, commercial development director for Lake Nona developer Development Co. LLC, previously told Orlando Journal. “This sophisticated fulfillment center routinely will employ more than 1,000 people day in and day out … and will impact Lake Nona and Orlando’s jobs, retail and housing. It fits nicely into our overall plans and ambitions for Lake Nona.”

The Lake Nona project earned top industrial deal honors in OBJ‘s 2018 Structures Awards.

Amazon’s 50-foot-tall Orlando fulfillment center is composed of concrete tilt walls with the textured coating, aluminum storefront windows, and metal composite canopies, public documents showed. Here’s what else It will include:

  • 2,500 parking spaces, 36 accessible-parking spaces, and eight motorcycle spaces
  • Administrative offices
  • 417-person break room
  • A total of 64 9-foot-by-10-foot overhead doors, two 14-foot-by-16-foot drive-in doors
  • 263 tractor-trailer parking spaces
  • A dedicated compactor
  • This is part of Amazon’s nationwide expansion strategy as it looks to provide same-day delivery in more places — and it chose to build a fulfillment center in Orlando without being awarded economic-development incentives.

Address: 12340 Boggy Creek Road, Orlando 32824

Timeline: The 130-acre site was purchased and early construction work began in July 2017; the building was topped off in November 2017; completion scheduled for third-quarter 2018


Amazon fulfillment center

Address: 12340 Boggy Creek Road, Orlando 32824

Timeline: The 130-acre site was purchased and early construction work began in July 2017; the building was topped off in November 2017; completion scheduled for third-quarter 2018

USTA National Campus to expand

The U.S. Tennis Association National Campus revealed that it wants to score more land for a future expansion to its 64-acre Lake Nona campus.

The $100 million campus, the largest tennis training center in the nation, wants to acquire adjacent land from developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC, Kurt Kamperman, the ‘s chief executive for community tennis and the campus, told  Business Journal during the Orange County Property Appraiser’s 2018 State of event on May 9.

was not immediately available for comment.

Kamperman said he’s talking with Tavistock about “trading a few pieces of land” for the expansion and that the newly acquired land would be within 100 yards or so of the existing USTA campus. “We’re working with Tavistock to find some adjacent land that would give us the opportunity to build a small stadium court for events and possibly have additional indoor courts.”

The reason behind the need for more indoor courts is basic: During the rainy season in July and August, the organization has only six indoor courts for people to use, Kamperman said.

Meanwhile, adding a small stadium court/amphitheater will allow the USTA campus to accommodate larger tennis events. “We would like the ability to host the Davis Cup or Fed Cup and the ability to host smaller professional events,” Kamperman said. “It’s not a set plan, but we would like to have that opportunity down the road.”

The campus currently has 100 tennis courts ranging from green clay to hard, acrylic cushion courts, indoor courts and European Terre Davis red clay. It also incorporates smart technology, allowing the players to record and review their movements, mistakes, and training.

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.

MICHAEL PHELPS TO ENDORSE LAKE NONA LAGOON BUILDER

Michael Phelp has signed a deal to become an ambassador for Crystal Lagoons, the builder of the upcoming mega lagoon which will be apart of a new Lake Nona Resort.

As an ambassador, the 28-time Olympic medalist will help bring awareness to Crystal Lagoons goal. Which is to bring swimming and water sports activities to communities around the world via Crystal Lagoons’ industry-leading technology that transforms ordinary landscapes into majestic crystal clear lagoons.

Earlier this year, Crystal Lagoons signed a deal with Tavistock Development Co. LLC to build an 11-acre mega lagoon at a new resort planned near Lake Nona’s U.S. Tennis Association National Campus located in Lake Nona.

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

Exclusive: Construction tees up for $25M Lake Nona golf attraction

It’s official: ’s & Performance District is adding a new golf and entertainment element to the mix.

Franklin, Tenn.-based The Parkes Cos. last week was issued a permit valued at $10 million to begin work on Drive Shack, the new complex at 7675 Lake Nona Blvd., according to city of documents.

The project includes a three-story, 57,000-square-foot driving range entertainment facility that includes a restaurant, lounge, bar, hitting bays and meeting spaces, according to Orange County permitting documents. It will be built on a 15-acre site on the northwest quadrant of State Road 417 and Lake Nona Boulevard, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal. It will be similar to Topgolf, which plans to open an Orlando site on International Drive this fall.

A project manager at The Parkes Cos. wasn’t available for comment and it appears Drive Shack Orlando’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since September, as of the morning of May 22.

However, New York-based Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE: DS) is a new global golf entertainment company as announced last November by New York-based real estate investment trust Newcastle Investment Corp., which is managed by an affiliate of real estate firm Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG).

The Lake Nona site is the parent company’s first Drive Shack location and another one is in the works, Drive Shack CEO and President Sarah Watterson said during the company’s May 5 first-quarter earnings call. Here’s more on what Watterson had to say about the project during that call:

“On the entertainment golf business, we continue to be very excited and make strides in developing our global network of Drive Shack venues. In Orlando, we’re in the midst of constructing our first venue, with the goal being open in first-quarter 2018. We’re also very excited to announce that our second Drive Shack venue will be developed in Richmond, Va. … Our venues feature multiple stories of hitting suites, whether friends, family, coworkers or complete strangers are able to compete in various technologically-enhanced golf games while using TaylorMade clubs. Consumers who are seeking a good time, but maybe not looking to participate in the game, are able to enjoy food and beverage options from one of our many entertainment, restaurant or lounge areas.”

Each Drive Shack site is expected to cost $15 million-$25 million to build, and would generate about $3 million-$6 million of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a December 2016 investor presentation showed.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous is the project architect; Walter P. Moore is the structural engineer; ME Engineers is handling mechanical, electrical and plumbing; and Howe Engineers is the code engineer.

Meanwhile, Drive Shack in Lake Nona is the next piece of the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, which boasts the now operating $100 million U.S. Tennis Association National Campus; the soon-to-debut $1.4 million USTA Florida headquarters and U.S. Professional Tennis Association complex; and the $20 million Orlando City Soccer Club training facility.

Elsewhere in Lake Nona, global audit giant KPMG LLP is hosting a May 22 groundbreaking on its new $430 million Lake Nona training center and Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC expects big things for the next $300 million phase of its Lake Nona Town Center.