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Newly submitted plans reveal apartments replacing former Winter Park church will be age-restricted

Epoch Residential just submitted more detailed plans for its proposed apartment community in Winter Park that’s set to replace the Aloma United Methodist Church campus.

According to a Development Plan recently filed in Orange County, the luxury multifamily developer is looking to build 180 age-restricted units for persons 55 years of age or older.

A previously submitted Land Use Plan, covered by GrowthSpotter in July, solely showed the developer’s intention to build up to 241 units.

Initial plans were opposed by some neighboring residents at several public meetings that took place after the initial LUP filing. Concerns were raised about the flow of traffic in and out of the community and the buffer space between the apartment development and bordering single-family properties.

An aerial view of a conceptual site plan for proposed active adult community along Aloma Avenue.
An aerial view of a conceptual site plan for proposed active adult community along Aloma Avenue.

A conceptual site plan provided by Humphreys and Partners Architects illustrates the multifamily community would have two access points: One along Aloma Avenue and another that connects to the entrance of an assisted living facility, Westchester of Winter Park, which leads into Semoran Boulevard.

Madden, Moorhead & Stokes, Inc. is the civil engineer.

The overall development plan shows the unit count will be split between 100 one-bedroom units and 80 two-bedroom units. Amenities include a pool and dog park.

Orange County’s Board of County Commissioners approved waivers sought by the developer to allow for four-story buildings on the site, among other concessions like a parking ratio of one-and-a-half spaces per multifamily unit regardless of bedroom size.

Epoch is under contract to purchase the nearly 7-acre site at 3045 Aloma Ave. The property is being listed with Foundry Commercial.

The Aloma United Methodist Church, built in the 1970s, closed its doors earlier this summer. It consists of seven buildings totaling about 32,800 square feet.

Meanwhile in Kissimmee, Epoch is developing another active adult community on land it bought earlier this year. The senior development is being planned to feature about 150 units and will rise alongside one of Epoch’s market-rate multifamily communities that’s currently underway east of Dyer Boulevard and south of Osceola Parkway.

In July, the firm sold its 293-unit Maitland Station apartment community for $73 million to an entity tied to Nashville-based Nicol Investment Company. The company spent about $5.2 million acquiring the site in 2016.

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