Rosen Hotels & Resorts' multi-phase expansion of its Shingle Creek Resort should break ground on Phase 2 by November 2017 or sooner, after adding structured parking and a second building to the plans this week, a lead executive coordinating the project told GrowthSpotter.
The company filed a change request to its Development Plan on Monday with Orange County, asking to replace an approved 70,000-square-foot operations and laundry building with two buildings totaling 165,000 square feet.
Those would be a 133,680-square-foot, four-story operations building with 334 spaces of structured parking on two floors, and a separate 36,673-square-foot, one-story laundry facility with loading dock.
The project DP was previously approved by county commissioners in May, but must now cycle back through two months or more of county approvals. Phase 2 focuses on 5.5 acres with entry from Destination Parkway on the resort's northern side.
"New technology being added to the laundry operation required additional space, and that added space and staff pushed us into needing a parking garage," said Garritt Toohey, former vice president of Rosen Hotels who returned as a consultant last year to guide the Shingle Creek expansion plans. "So that made us consider how to take advantage of the space by making the laundry a freestanding building, and putting parking beneath the office portion.
"We'll see how long this process takes to go through DRC again, and then we've got to finish our construction plans, but there's some hesitancy to do that before you have county approval. We should be under construction on Phase 2 by this time next year, or earlier," added Toohey, who declined to forecast the cost of Phase 2 construction.
As GrowthSpotter first reported last November, the hotel company has plans for a 16-story tower dubbed "The Reserve" 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, which fronts Destination Parkway.
The company is now finishing detail work on that golf course renovation, which is set to reopen Dec. 1, Toohey said. 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).
A timeline for when those phases 3-4 would begin has not been finalized, Toohey said.
Orange County already approved the combination of Shingle Creek Resort's main parcel and the neighboring northern parcel (254.6 acres total) for the resort's expansion plan, which lie within the Universal Boulevard PD.