An Ohio-based hotel development group filed plans Wednesday for its Orlando market entry, with the first of two potential hotels along International Drive on land under contract from a former SeaWorld owner.
Located at 11010 and 11104 I-Drive, south of Central Florida Parkway and partially obscured by restaurants and in-line retail, the 6.23 acres are within walking distance of the SeaWorld and Discovery Cove park entrances. They're also the last undeveloped parcels in the Orangewood Neighborhood-2 Planned Development.
The prospective seller is an affiliate of the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, with these being the last remnants of undeveloped property it retained after selling the nearby SeaWorld theme parks to the Blackstone Group in 2009.
The potential buyer is an affiliate of Key Hotel and Property Management, an owner-operator of 10 hotels in northwest Ohio and Michigan, some of which it has developed.
Officials with the company did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
With full access to I-Drive already established by a retail strip center, the first hotel proposed in the Development Plan is for a six-story, 135-key Hilton Home2 Suites on the southernmost 2.97 acres. Amenities on the plan are limited to an outdoor pool and patio.
The adjacent 3.26 acres directly north are designated for a second future hotel of the same room count, with no flag noted on the plans.
The property lies directly west of the sites where AD1 Global is developing a dual-brand Aloft and Element by Westin hotels (280 keys), local restaurateur Nicholas Virthe has proposed a Las Vegas-style adult dayclub pool, and British owners have floated a 7.4-acre site for sale with entitlements for up to 500 hotel keys.