Altamonte Springs-based AdventHealth just launched plans for a proposed medical supply distribution center in Apopka that may service its Central Florida hospital locations.
The non-profit healthcare system submitted a Major Development Plan that will be reviewed by city staff planners and discussed with applicants Raymond Moe, AdventHealth’s Central Florida project manager, and Cameron Houmann with Donald W. McIntosh Associates, later this week.
AdventHealth has owned the 53.65-acre site at 4051 Fudge Rd. since early 2018 when it paid $2.35 million to purchase the property from Capital Land Group LLC, led by James and Toren Veigle.
Around the same time, AdventHealth was also laying roots in Lake Nona.
Anticipating more growth in the area, it bought land that straddled Lake Nona Boulevard, along Narcoossee Road, in late 2017 where it opened a 19,000-square-foot ER facility last summer.
The healthcare company wants to eventually build a Health Park across from the free-standing department in Lake Nona. The medical buildings tend to span 36,000 square feet and include primary and specialty care, imaging, outpatient sports medicine, rehab and lab services, as well as a full-service coffee shop.
Similar to Lake Nona, AdventHealth intends to develop the land it purchased in Apopka long ago to better serve its growing Central Florida Division, which consists of more than 15 hospitals across Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia, and Flagler counties.
The network also includes more than 30 CentraCare urgent-care centers; sport-rehab and imaging centers; and hundreds of physicians, including primary care physicians and other specialists.
The Apopka property, just south of the private Orlando Apopka Airport, was purchased in 2018 with the intention to potentially build storage warehouses to support its regional hospitals.
Recently submitted plans show AdventHealth seeks to build three warehouse buildings with room for expansion.
The first phase of the AdventHealth Fudge Road project includes two warehouses. One spans 38,833 square feet, with room to expand an additional 37,335 square feet. The second warehouse is planned to be 46,427 square feet, with room to expand 29,752 square feet.
The third warehouse is the largest. Plans show AdventHealth wants to build a 300,000-square-foot distribution building as part of the second phase of construction.
If approved, the plans all together would allow for more than 455,000 square feet of distribution space, with more room to grow for a potential third phase.
Plans show AdventHealth carved out about 15 acres of land at the property for a potential third phase that must be submitted in a separate development plan in the future.
In a letter to city planners, Joey Warmbrandt, AdventHealth Central Florida’s director of supply chain distribution and logistics, said the company is anticipating about 150 employees associated with the development.
The project is close to where Lakeland-based Blue Steel Development and JV partner Bob Zlatkiss assembled about 230 acres on U.S. 441/Orange Blossom Trail. The developers plan to build a new industrial park entitled for up to 2.5 million square feet of space.
A growing amount of development in the area has been activated in part by the soon-to-be completed Western Beltway (S.R. 429), which stretches all along metro Orlando’s western edge.
The expressway passes through Orange County’s Horizon West master-planned community to Osceola County in the south, and reaches Mount Dora’s planned Wolf Branch Innovation District to the north.
The company applied for Planned Development zoning approval in Apopka that would allow for 1.5 million square feet of industrial space, more than 200,000 square feet of commercial uses, up to 278 multifamily units, up to 643 single-family or townhome dwelling units and up to 75,000 square feet of office space.
AdventHealth has developed projects in Apopka before. The healthcare company built the $200 million AdventHealth Apopka hospital at 2100 Ocoee Apopka Rd. in 2017.