Since as far back as 2002, an 11-acre piece of land across the street from the Orlando Health Dr. Phillips hospital has been used as overflow parking for a nearby hotel.
“We’ve been using it off and on for parking waiting for the right time to sell,” said Mark Waltrip, the chief operating officer with Westgate Resorts, the owner of the property along Sand Land Commons Boulevard. “Now is the time.”
Before the deed changes hands though, an engineering firm has filed a preliminary application to Orange County on behalf of Sand Lake Surgery Center to discuss plans to build a two-story, 30,000 square-foot medical office on the property.
Located on adjacent land to the west, Sand Lake Surgery Center currently operates out of a one-story, 18,153-square-foot building that opened in 2007.
The healthcare provider’s medical officer and leader of Champad Investments LLC, Dr. Danelle Chambers, sent a letter to county staff on May 27 notifying them that Robert Ziegenfuss, the President of Orlando-based engineering firm Z Development Services, would be acting as the authorized agent through the permitting process for the new medical office project.
Chambers told GrowthSpotter that the project is in its “infancy” stage and that plans are still being worked out. She said she wanted to hold off on providing more details until it moves further through the county review process.
It’s unknown if the intent is for Sand Lake Surgery Center to relocate into a new, larger space or expand its footprint with an additional medical complex next door.
The application materials, filed May 31, also include an email address for Ryan Young, one of the founders of design-build construction company Interstruct Inc, which has offices in Orlando and Tampa. The company’s portfolio includes several projects in the healthcare sector, including Orlando Health’s downtown campus.
Young could not be reached for comment.
The project, as it stands currently, calls for the two-story medical center with as many as seven surgery rooms and 116 parking spaces, according to conceptual site plans filed by Z Development Services. The building would occupy 2.2 acres of the parcel, leaving the other nine acres vacant.
Just east of Turkey Lake Road and the I-4 corridor, the site of the proposed medical office sits amid a cluster of health care facilities, flanked by the Sand Lake Surgery Center, the Sand Lake Commons Medplex and Orlando Health Dr. Phillips hospital. A Quality Suites hotel abuts the property to the east while the 264-unit Jefferson Sand Lake apartment community overlooks Boo Boo Lake to the north.
The property eyed by Sand Lake Surgery Center has changed hands three times in the last three decades, according to the Orange County Property Appraiser’s office. The National Bank of North Carolina bought it in 1991 from Commons Development Group for $3.3 million. In 1994, Central Florida Investments, the land holding company led by Westgate founder David Seigel, acquired the land for $1.2 million.
Westgate Resorts, the current owner, purchased the land in 2016 for $1.5 million. The property has been used as a surface parking lot since 2002 and has never seen vertical development, according to the property appraiser’s website.