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Orlando Health planning medical office building near Windermere

An affiliate of Orlando Health is planning a 60,000-square-foot medical office building West of Windermere and south of Winter Garden, a growing residential area in need of more primary care service, a lead administrator told GrowthSpotter.

Located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Winter Garden Vineland Road and West Lake Butler Road, three parcels that total 11.6 acres are being developed by Orlando Health Central, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation formed in 2011 by Orlando Health.

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The company paid $2.2 million overall for the properties in July 2014, according to Orange County records.

Orlando Health Central plans a two-story building that should accommodate about 15 doctor's offices that vary in size from 4,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet, with a focus on primary care and outpatient services, said Lonnie E. Cahoon, III, administrator of ancillary services at Health Central Hospital.

"The residential community in this part of the county has a limited number of doctor's offices, we think it is underserved for basic medical services," he said.

While the project's budget has yet to be finalized, Cahoon said land-clearing work could begin on the site as soon as July. Orlando Health Central is currently designing the project's shell and will pursue building permits over the next 60 days.

Gilbane Building Company is general contractor on the project, while Orlando-based RLF is serving as architect and GAI Consultants as civil engineer.

New medical office space in Orlando is welcomed by the Association of Independent Doctors, but non-profit hospital groups like Orlando Health should have to pay property taxes for their commercial real estate, said Marni Jameson, executive director.

The national trade association for independent doctors, which is headquartered in Winter Park, is critical of the free pass on taxes that benefit Orlando's two main hospital systems, Orlando Health and Florida Hospital, which rank among the top-grossing non-profit hospitals in the nation.

Non-profit hospitals don't have to pay corporate income tax, sales tax on items they rent or purchase, or property tax on owned property that is used for non-profit business.

bmoser@growthspotter.com or (407) 420-5685

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