Orlando-based developer and property manager NGI Investments is looking to bring a 200-room hotel, along with a mix of retailers and restaurants, to a sliver of property that abuts the 450-acre Disney-owned mega-development hub known as Flamingo Crossings.
The 6.6-acre parcel at 13350 Hartzog Rd, located in Winter Garden just beyond the western gate of Disney World’s theme parks, is owned by Orlando-based Holiday Inn Club Vacations, which has two resorts in the Orlando area.
It’s not yet known what brand name would appear on the hotel.
“We haven’t figured that out yet,” NGI developer Haresh Karamchandani, better known as Harry Kay, told GrowthSpotter.
What is clear is that while this project proposal submitted to Orange County this week is separate from what Disney is doing with its Flamingo Crossings mixed-use development, NHI sees the surrounding activity as an opportunity to thrive.
“This is the only non-Disney-owned piece of property in this entire area,” Kay said. “There’s not much else available and Disney rarely sells. But to be there in the mix of all the activity across the village, it’s definitely a prime piece of property. It’s a great area.”
Early site plans, titled “Flamingo Village Shops” show an unnamed 7-story hotel, 8,450 square-foot of retail space ―enough to hold four separate tenants — and a fast food restaurant location, identified in plans as a Burger King. There’s also a retail pad that could accommodate a 4,000-square-foot multi-tenant building with a drive-thru lane.
“We are working on the retail component now,” Kay said. “It will be a few national and a few regional retailers with a mix of food offerings.”
Disney’s Flamingo Crossings borders the property to the north and west with a cluster of hotels, a 20,000 square-foot shopping center that continues to attract new tenants and more than 2,600 student apartments for Disney’s college program.
Orlando’s largest employer announced plans in Aug. to construct 1,300 affordable housing units across about 80 acres here in what would be the company’s first such development in the region.
To the north of the Holiday Inn property is Flamingo Crossings Town Center, a mixed-use shopping center with a Starbucks, Target, Five Below, Persimmon Hollow Brewery, a Five Guys and more.
Disney has received commitments from several other future tenants, including Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Ovation Bistro and Bar, Dunkin Donuts, Nick Filet, and more.
The Holiday Inn property flanked on both sides by the east and west campus of Flamingo Crossings Village, 2,614-unit student housing community for Disney’s college program. That community was developed by American Campus Communities, the largest owner, manager and developer of high-quality student housing communities in the United States, according to its website.
Property to the south is also owned by Holiday Inn Club Vacations. It holds a 352-unit Westerly Apartment, developed by Fore Property Company. Holiday Inn Club Vacations also owns an additional 25.8 acres of vacant property to the south of the apartment complex.
In the summer of 2021, Fore Property Company submitted plans for another 472-unit apartment nearby.
Flamingo Crossings also has a number of hotels already welcoming guests. These include the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, a Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Residence Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott and a SpringHill Suites by Marriott
The site of NGI’s newest development project has been owned by Orlando-based Holiday Inn Club Vacations since 2006 when it was purchased for $1.1 million.
In 2016, the company rebranded, changing its name from Orange Lake Country Club Inc. Holiday Inn Club Vacations has 28 resorts in 14 states, including two in Orlando.
Its parent company, IHG, has 6,000 hotels worldwide, across 17 different brands.