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Lakeland developer eyes vacant site near Mall at Millenia for hotel development

Lakeland developer eyes vacant site near Mall at Millenia for hotel development
Plans call for a a 104-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 4751 Timarron Dr. (Orlando)

A Marriott International-branded hotel is being planned by the Mall at Millenia.

According to a recently submitted Planning Development Review application in Orlando, a company led by Lakeland developer and property investor, Dr. Japinder Singh, wants to build a 104-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel at 4751 Timarron Dr., which is directly northeast of the mall.

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Through entity Millenia Hotels and Resorts LLC, Singh is seeking an amendment to revise a zoning ordinance for a commercial planned development called Millenium Parc PD to allow for hotel and restaurant uses on about 2.6 acres of land along Millenia Boulevard and west of South John Young Parkway.

The 5-lot PD, which dates back to 2013, has led the way for the construction of a Wawa convenience store in 2016, a self-storage facility in 2017 and a car wash business in 2018 . That same year, the remaining three lots were purchased by Orlando-based Northshore Development through entity Northshore Millenia II LLC for $2.2 million.

The Millenium Parc PD consists of five parcel. Outlined in blue is where the proposed Courtyard by Marriott hotel will rise.
The Millenium Parc PD consists of five parcel. Outlined in blue is where the proposed Courtyard by Marriott hotel will rise.

If approved the proposed hotel project would rise on a bulk of the lots on the east side of Timarron Drive. The leftover lot is located on the southwest corner of Millenia Boulevard and Timarron Drive. It is unclear whether there are any plans in place for that parcel. The entire Millenium Parc PD allows for retail use.

Singh declined to comment on the story. Last year, he paid $11.6 million for a beachside hotel in Daytona Beach Shores called the Best Western Aku Tiki Inn, according to the Daytona News Journal. He also has owned a Holiday Inn Express in Lake Wales since 2015.

The developer is asking for an intensity bonus that will allow the construction of a 66,600-square-foot development, and a maximum building height of 59 feet, or five stories. Plans also call for a public 2,600-square-foot restaurant.

Avid Group is the civil engineer. BRR Architecture Inc. is the architect.

The Mall at Millenia opened its doors in the early 2000′s near the I-4 and Conroy Road interchange. It’s considered one of the many attractions near I-4 that has helped promote commercial real estate growth, including Unicorp’s glowing 400-foot Ferris wheel, Icon Orlando 360, and the Orange County Convention Center, which hosts an array of trade shows and expos like the recent MegaCon Orlando convention.

Just south of Conway Road, on Vineland Road, Ferrari-Maserati of Central Florida is constructing a 55,000-square-foot sales center, showroom and service center. It bought the land in 2016 for $4.6 million from Frankin, Tenn.-based UP Development., which amassed 23 acres of land west of Mall at Millenia in 2016.

Hotels planned around the area includes developer Akber Jamal’s proposed 129-room Hilton Garden Inn along Millenia Palms Drive. GrowthSpotter reported about the plans last year. The developer is currently awaiting final site plan approval from the city of Orlando.

UP Development is also in the midst of developing 140-key limited-service hotel at 4751 Vineland Rd., as part of its land assemblage.

Last year a non-traded REIT affiliate of New York-based Blackstone Group paid $48.5 million to buy a newly constructed dual-branded Marriott hotel on Millenia Lakes Boulevard. The building includes a 134-key SpringHill Suites and 120-key Residence Inn, that were completed a month before the sale.

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