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DeLand-based doctor seeks to redevelop SoDo Orlando property as mixed use

An easterly elevation of Rawji's proposed medical office and mixed-use building, with this frontage facing S. Orange Avenue.
An easterly elevation of Rawji's proposed medical office and mixed-use building, with this frontage facing S. Orange Avenue. (Burkett Engineering)

A DeLand-based medical doctor who wants to relocate his practice to Downtown Orlando hopes to rezone 1.06 acres on S. Orange Avenue and build a new mixed-use office/retail building, with design and construction estimates to be sought in the latter half of this year.

"I want to be where the action is, and that SoDo area is transitioning in a positive way. I'm an OBGYN and would like to eventually relocate my practice to this future building," Dr. Hussian E. Rawji told GrowthSpotter. "I'm attracted to the live-work-play concept. While currently in DeLand, I did my training in Orlando many years ago."

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Rawji owns an 8,100-square-foot office building on the site at 2116 S. Orange Ave. Based seven blocks south of Orlando Regional Medical Center, the property features western frontage on S. Orange and lies between W. Harding and W. Muriel streets.

A site plan for the Rawji property's future development, with S. Orange Avenue to the east, and W. harding Street to the north.
A site plan for the Rawji property's future development, with S. Orange Avenue to the east, and W. harding Street to the north. (Burkett Engineering)

In recent years he's acquired three adjacent residential lots, massing four contiguous parcels that total 1.06 acres, directly north of the Christ Church of Orlando.

The applicant is seeking to rezone the property from Residential to Planned Development (PD), to accommodate the development of a three-story, 21,500-square-foot mixed use building that would allow medical office, retail, a daycare/school, and potentially a few residential condominium units.

Rawji's existing 8,000 square feet there is now leased by a dental office, dermatologist and Montessori daycare school. The expansion would add about 13,400 square feet to the current building.

Rawji is also seeking to amend the property's Future Land Use designation from Residential Medium Intensity to Mixed Use Corridor.

The proposal is scheduled for Orlando's Municipal Planning Board hearing on July 19. Burkett Engineering is the civil engineer.

Rawji says he has a good relationship with the neighboring church, allowing them to use his parking lot on Sundays. Civil engineer Bill Burkett expects the proposed development's westerly lot to be a retention pond to respect the city's transect line and neighboring single-family homes.

Rawji said he has yet to solicit estimates from construction managers to project the cost of development through buildout. He'll allow Burkett to guide the rezoning application through city approval first, then pursue such estimates in the Fall or Winter.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at bmoser@growthspotter.com, (407) 420-5685 or @bobmoser333. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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