Orlando Health confirmed plans for a multi-phased medical campus, including a future hospital, at a prime corner in Orlando's Randal Park community.
The nonprofit healthcare system paid $9.9 million in June for the 15-acre parcel, previously slated for a grocery-anchored retail center, at the northeast corner of Dowden Road and Randal Park Boulevard, adjacent to S.R. 417. Now the company has submitted an application to the City of Orlando for a Master Plan Amendment for the property and anticipates starting construction in January.
Spokeswoman Sabrina Childress told GrowthSpotter the application outlines a proposed health and wellness campus. The first phase includes a freestanding emergency department and medical office building, to be completed by March 2020. Future plans for the campus include a hospital with capacity of up to 240 beds, pending state approval.
"The project will provide the southeast Orlando community with easier access to our high quality medical services," Childress said.
The project site has recently been cleared and mass graded pursuant to permits from the city and South Florida Water Management District.
The master plan calls for a four-phase campus, beginning with a 2-story, 51,000-square-foot free-standing emergency department (FSED) with 27,000 square feet of shell space, and 3-story, 60,000-square-foot medical office building. Phase 1 also includes a helipad, surface parking and a central energy plant that eventually would serve the entire campus.
In Phase 2, Orlando Health would build out the ED shell space and construct a 2-story hospital and attached 5-story patient tower. The tower would have 60 beds and shell space for another 30 beds. The plan also calls for a 4-story parking garage that would add 530 parking spaces. The start date for this phase would depend on the hospital's ability to secure a Certificate of Need from the Agency for Health Care Administration. Construction would take approximately 14 months.
The third phase calls for build out of the 30-bed section of the first patient tower, dubbed the west tower, plus the addition of a new south tower with capacity for 60 beds and shell space for another 30. The parking garage also would be expanded to 780 parking spaces.
"This phase could start as soon as 4-6 years after Phase 2 is completed but may not happen for 10-15 years based on market demand," according to the plans.
The final phase includes buildout of the south tower, plus construction of a new 5-story east tower with capacity for 30 beds. The parking garage would be expanded again, bringing the total number of structured spaces to 1020.
Orlando Health has been in expansion mode in recent years, having just opened a $13 million FSED and Medical Pavilion on U.S. 27 in Cagan Crossings and a new ER at South Lake Hospital. The healthcare company is also building a $32 million complex across from the Tupperware SunRail station in Osceola County, and it signed a purchase contract for 25 acres in Reunion.
East of Lake Nona, Randal Park was established in 2012 as a master-planned community and features miles of outdoor recreation trails, eight neighborhood parks, and a community clubhouse with fitness center, resort-style pool, splash pad and dog park.
The Orlando Health Randal Park campus is immediately south of Mattamy Homes' Randal Walk townhouse community, which is under construction. Mattamy is also the exclusive builder for Meridian Park, a 2,560-acre master-planned community just across the Central Florida GreeneWay (S.R. 417).
The site work, master stormwater system and utility services for the medical campus are being co-developed in conjunction with the townhome project to the immediate north. Knowing the proximity of the adjacent residential use, extensive buffering is planned to minimize both visual and noise impacts from the project site to the adjacent residential neighborhood.