New Goddard School, pediatrics office & event venue planned for Lake Nona

New development plans in Lake Nona are under review by the city of Orlando for a nationally-branded pre-K childcare center, a private events venue and medical office buildings to focus on pediatric services.

Tavistock Development Company filed a Specific Parcel Master Plan (SPMP) with the city in mid-July fro two medical office buildings that total 15,422 square feet, southwest of Lake Nona Middle School.


Proposed for 9791 Selten Way, the 2.4-acre vacant parcel is located north of Laureate Boulevard and west of Selten Way, behind a Publix-anchored retail center.

One building (6,034 SF) would be the new home of Orlando-based Tree House Pediatrics, which has leased space since January 2008 in a retail/office center about 3.5 miles to the north of this site along Narcoossee Road.


The company has a secured LOI with Tavistock and is waiting on a finalized contract for what will be the entire land parcel, said Dr. Annette Nielsen, owner-operator of Tree House Pediatrics.

The new office for Nielsen's practice will have a covered porch on the rear of the building with an open lawn, garden and children's play area.

"I feel it's important for kids to understand that life and health are about more than taking a pill every day," Nielsen told GrowthSpotter on Thursday. "We'll have that area to grow food in the garden and let (children) participate in preparing it, an educational part of the office. We'll also have a therapy dog, which will use the outdoor space."

Tavistock may subdivide the 2.4 acres for a separate multi-tenant medical office building of 9,379 square feet for up to five complimentary child specialists, with 60 parking spaces and a monument sign.

Nielsen will own both buildings, the second serving as an investment property. She expects to spend up to $5 million overall in land acquisition and development, with no loan to be sought.

STOA Studios is the project architect. A general contractor has yet to be chosen, but Nielsen said she's working with Tavistock on three GC recommendations.

Nielsen expects to eventually hire a commercial real estate firm to lease and manage the multi-tenant building. She hopes the first building for Tree House can be built and ready by mid- to late 2018.

Tavistock also filed an SPMP for a new 9,000-square-foot Noah's Event Venue building within the Laureate Park Neighborhood Center's Phase 2 area.


Based in Lehi, Utah, Noah's Event Venue is one of the country's largest private venue businesses for weddings, corporate events and private parties, with 39 locations. The Lake Nona venue would be the company's second in Florida, following one in Lake Mary.

The 0.36-acre site is located south of Elion Street, west of Bovet Avenue and north of Tavistock Lakes Boulevard.

Plans were prepared by civil engineer Gandee Heydinger Group out of Westerville, Ohio, and architect is Shelden Architecture out of Wichita, Kansas.

And a third SPMP was filed in mid-July for a new 5,000-square-foot The Goddard School early childhood daycare facility at Lake Nona Village, with outdoor play areas and associated parking.

This would be the first Goddard School franchise in the Greater Orlando market. The 1.17-acre site is at 9484 Northlake Parkway, south of Lake Nona Village Place and east of Northlake Parkway.

A layout of the school's rooms indicate that it can accommodate children from 12 months to five years in different teaching and play areas.


Architect on the school is Richard Henzel of Scherer Construction & Engineering of West Florida, which is also the general contractor, and MEI Civil prepared the site plan.

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