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Shingle Creek Resort expansion's next phase prepped for two new staff bldgs

Shingle Creek Resort expansion's next phase prepped for two new staff bldgs
These plans show phases 1-2 of expansion of the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort property's northern edge along Destination Parkway, northeast of UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality Management. The Phase 2 now includes a second office building and parking garage, in addition to the planned laundry facility. (Harris Civil Engineers)

Rosen Hotels & Resorts is pursuing permits to break ground in 2018 on the second phase of a multi-phase expansion at its Shingle Creek Resort, with plans for two new staff support buildings.

The company filed construction permit requests on Dec. 21 with Orange County for a four-story, 133,680-square-foot operations office building with two floors of structured parking, and a separate 36,673-square-foot, one-story laundry facility with loading dock.

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Welbro Building Corp. is the newly-signed general contractor on the project and has a long-standing relationship with Rosen Hotels, having built the Shingle Creek Resort, Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza hotels.

The plans had yet to be electronically submitted as of Tuesday morning. When received, they'd face an initial 30-day review period by county staff before potential approval. Welbro will most likely receive comments back for recommended changes, which follow up with 14-day review cycles.

Phase 2 focuses on 5.5 acres with entry from Destination Parkway on the resort's northern side. Welbro valued the jobs conservatively at more than $14.56 million overall.

The company also filed a separate notice of commencement on Dec. 6 with the county for site work to prepare the two building pads.

These two buildings were added in November 2016 to a previously approved Development Plan for expansion of Shingle Creek Resort with multiple new buildings.

At that time, Garritt Toohey, former vice president of Rosen Hotels who returned as a consultant in 2015 to guide the Shingle Creek expansion plans, estimated a groundbreaking for Phase 2 by November of this year.

Officials with Rosen Hotels did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.

GrowthSpotter first reported in November 2015 the company was planning a new 16-story tower dubbed "The Reserve" at Shingle Creek Resort with 320 condo units (up to 640 keys via lockout doors), a new parking garage, spa building pool and bar area, and 250,380 square feet of additional convention space.

Phase 1 of that plan involved relocating golf course holes 12, 13 and 14 and cart paths (19.18 acres) to about two-thirds of a 24.6-acre parcel the company owns directly north of the resort. This fronts Destination Parkway and has since been incorporated into Shingle Creek Resort's single large land parcel (254.6 acres total).

The company finished detail work on that golf course renovation earlier this year. The 18-hole, 7,149-yard championship golf course was redesigned by the Arnold Palmer Design Co.

The course had first opened in December 2003 and was designed by Windermere resident David Harman, who helped build more than 150 golf courses around the world.

It was due for a redesign after more than a decade of use, which prompted Rosen Hotels to make it the initial focus of expansion plans for the entire property.

Phase 3 of the expansion includes a new parking garage (8.45 acres) on the central area of the property. Phase 4 would build an extension to the existing convention center, the new 16-story tower, its related pool and bar area and the proposed spa building (26.92 acres).

Company executives have previously declined to forecast a timeline for when phases 2-4 would begin.

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Harris Civil Engineers and Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects, Inc. (HHCP) have contributed civil engineering and design to the project thus far.

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