Developer files plan for hotel & retail along I-4 next to City Furniture's Millenia site

An elevation of the proposed seven-story hotel (140 keys) for property at 4751 Vineland Road, just north of the new City Furniture site now under construction.
An elevation of the proposed seven-story hotel (140 keys) for property at 4751 Vineland Road, just north of the new City Furniture site now under construction.(Eleven18 Architecture)

Frankin, Tenn.-based UP Development is readying plans for a seven-story, 140-key limited service hotel on part of its remaining land west of the Mall at Millenia, set between Vineland Road and Interstate 4 directly north of a new City Furniture site.

Located at 4751 Vineland Road, UP filed a Master Plan application with the city of Orlando in late September to develop the northern 2.94 acres of a vacant 5.9-acre parcel for the hotel, which includes related parking, swimming pool and the first floor reserved for two separately leased retail spaces (2,000 square feet) and a restaurant (3,000 square feet).


UP principal Scott Fish told GrowthSpotter on Wednesday he is pursuing MP approval now for hotel and retail on the site because he thinks it's the best and highest use. But plans for a hotel developer to buy the property aren't solidified, and the site is not under contract.

Insight on the property, surrounding development and the opportunity ahead for land brokers to serve this retailer's growth.

Development of the remaining 2.39-acre vacant lot would come later through its own Specific Parcel Master Plan.

Both of those sites lie north of a 6.1-acre parcel that UP sold to City Furniture in mid-April for $11.3 million, where the retailer is progressing with site work for a planned 120,000-square-foot store, estimated to open in 2018 as its first in Greater Orlando.

Lochrane Engineering is civil engineer on the new hotel project, and Eleven18 Architecture has contributed design.

UP is petitioning the city for a traffic signal on Vineland Road at the entrance to the City Furniture site and its remaining land. Infrastructure work on the site should start later this year.

Insight on evolving plans for a four-story building in the next phase of this Whole Foods-anchored retail complex in northern Winter Park.

UP previously paid $15.5 million in February 2016 for 23 acres west of Millenia, comprised of two parcels at 4891 and 4751 Vineland Road.

It later subdivided and sold a combined 7.56 acres from the southern parcel for $10.5 million in Spring 2016 to auto dealers for Ferrari/Maserati and Porsche, which will build two large multi-story showrooms with integrated parking garages.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at bmoser@growthspotter.com, (407) 420-5685 or @bobmoser333. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.