Orlando Health lines up near- & long-term development plans for SoDo infill site

Bob Moser

Orlando Health is preparing plans for a new staff parking garage on an infill site near its Orlando Regional Medical Center campus, and setting the stage for a future office building next door. 

Located at 55 W. Gore St., south of Downtown Orlando and directly west of the 4.6-acre Crescent Lucerne apartments site now under construction, one third of the 4.88-acre site is occupied by a 94,934-square-foot annex office building.

That building went through conversion and renovation last year to become Orlando Health's new Team Member Center, home to human resources staff and a hub for hiring and training for the company. 

A smaller building formerly used by HR staff in the northwest corner of the property was demolished in the latter half of 2017, and paved for parking.

Now the company wants to go vertical on the site. It has filed an amendment to the Planned Development zoning to update the PD with phasing, which includes 60,000 square feet of future office and a five-story parking garage.

A Specific Parcel Master Plan (SPMP) for the garage should follow closely with a filing this spring, said spokeswoman Kena Lewis. 

The project's first phase would be a three-bay, five-story garage with 925 spaces for team members where that former HR building stood. The garage will be access-controlled.

Another one-bay garage expansion with up to 305 more spaces could be built in Phase 2, likely three or more years from now. The 60,000-square-foot office building will be in that phase. 

Future office space on the property would be built "as demand necessitates," and would be generally located on the south side of the property along Gore Street, Lewis added. 

"Our goal is to have the garage up and operational by early next year." 

S&ME, Inc. is planner on the garage project, and FINFROCK is the design-build contractor.

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