Plans for a four-story, 88-room extended-stay hotel are in the works for Mount Dora. The new structure would go in on the south side of U.S. 441, just east of N. Donnelly Street.
ABR Mount Dora, led by hotelier Jayesh Patel, has filed construction plans for a Townplace Suites by Marriott with the St. Johns River Water Management District. Simpson Family Partnership owns the land, which is just north of Lakeside at Waterman Village retirement community.
Patel told GrowthSpotter he would close on the land once all the permitting is approved. The total project budget is $18 million.
The building will be 57,500 square feet. Patel could not provide the square footage for the hotel rooms, but each will include a full kitchen and pull-out sofa with separate living/sleeping space and kitchen space.
Patel said that the hotel would also offer numerous onsite amenities, including a barbecue and picnic area, a pool, high-speed internet access, exercise room, a market shop, and more.
Towneplace Suites by Marriott has locations around the state, from Orlando to South Tampa, Lakeland, and Bradenton.
Patel said plans for the hotel are in the early stages.
City Planning and Development Director Vince Sandersfeld said his office received the site plan on May 20. “The site plan and elevation are under staff review with comment reports due at the end of June.”
The site plan submittal request was forwarded to the City’s Development Review Committee members and engineering consultant. The committee provides an initial review of development proposals for compliance with the Land Development Code. It is comprised of members representing the city’s public services, community development, police, and fire departments.
The 2.73 acres are currently zoned C-3 with a future land-use category of Commercial. The structure and infrastructure will take up 62.4% of the lot space. The plan also refers to a new Culver’s restaurant at the front of the lot, but it’s not included in the permit application that was filed with the water management district.
The engineer for the project is the Orlando-based Z Development Services, and the architect is Base4, located in Boca Raton. Other recent Z Development Services projects include The Center of Winter Park in Winter Park, Orlando Helitours in Orlando, Stonehill Plaza in Oviedo, and Primrose School in Longwood.
Previous Base4 projects include Tesla showrooms nationwide, Villas on Rodeo in Casa Grande, AZ, Even in Belgrade, MT, and Villas at Southside Gardens in Chattanooga, TN.
This is the third new hotel project submitted in the last year for the U.S. 441 corridor in Mount Dora. Al Jamal of Alysha Enterprises has approved construction plans to expand his Mount Dora Hotel Center less than a mile away with a new 84-room Holiday Inn Express and an 81-room extended-stay Home2 Suites by Hilton. Jamal previously built the existing Hampton Inn in 1999 and sold it in 2002 for $3.95 million. The site is directly across from the Country Club of Mount Dora and the new medical office building that was built by AdventHealth.