In the center-left of the map outlined in red is the 2.18-acre retention pond on the eastern edge of the Hilton Orlando property. To the lower right is the 6-acre parcel owned by an affiliate of Wells Fargo Bank, also outlined in red. The blue line projects the final one-mile extension of Destination Parkway.
In the center-left of the map outlined in red is the 2.18-acre retention pond on the eastern edge of the Hilton Orlando property. To the lower right is the 6-acre parcel owned by an affiliate of Wells Fargo Bank, also outlined in red. The blue line projects the final one-mile extension of Destination Parkway. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

RIDA Development Corp., owner of the 1,418-room Hilton Orlando on the corner of Destination Parkway and International Drive, is working with a nearby land owner to try and divert its stormwater retention off-site, freeing up more than 2 acres on the hotel parcel for future development.

The company filed a Development Plan on Wednesday with Orange County that seeks to fill the Hilton's existing 2.18-acre stormwater pond, located east of the hotel swimming pool.

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RIDA would then install new stormwater pipes around the old pond boundary, and redirect that retention demand about 1,000 feet southeast to a 6-acre parcel owned by Redus Florida Land, an affiliate LLC of Wells Fargo Bank in Charlotte.

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A separate Development Plan was filed Thursday, this for mass grading of the bank parcel to expand its own retention and accommodate runoff from the Hilton, but with RIDA listed as the owner.

No sale of the property has been recorded, but the filing indicates a potential deal between the parties.

Marc S. Reicher, senior vice president for RIDA based in ChampionsGate, declined to comment Thursday on the prospect of a land purchase or lease with Redus. The 6-acre surface would be reduced by more than half to 2.58 acres, the bulk graded down to expand an adjacent stormwater pond.

The Hilton pond lies on the northwest corner of Tradeshow Boulevard and Destination Parkway, right at the point where Destination ends. That one-mile stretch of unbuilt road is now slated to start construction in November of this year, and complete in April 2018. The four-lane extension will be the last segment to connect International Drive to John Young Parkway.

Moving the pond will be a complicated process that Reicher's team is just starting to discuss with the county, he said, adding that future development in the area will be dictated by what Universal Orlando does with its nearby 474 acres, 27 of which lie in the Destination Parkway extension path.

RIDA's plans reference the stormwater pond fill project as "Hilton Orlando Expansion." The DP does not state future plans for the 2.18-acre pond site, though a bubble note highlights the area could be for an addition of meeting rooms.

Kimley-Horn is the civil engineer on both DPs.

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