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Prominent Tampa-based philanthropists back new independent medical school planned in Horizon West

The proposed 136,200-square-foot medical college is planned to rise directly across the Orlando Health Horizon West hospital campus.
The proposed 136,200-square-foot medical college is planned to rise directly across the Orlando Health Horizon West hospital campus. (Baker Barrios Architects)

Physicians and philanthropists Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel are supporting the construction of a new independent medical school in Horizon West.

Bharati Shah, a registered agent for the non-profit organization Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, confirmed the Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel are involved in the medical college but did not comment further.

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Boyd Development recently submitted plans in Orange County seeking Development Plan review for a project dubbed KPPCOM. In addition, the developer is seeking to move forward with the environmental permits and grading of 25 acres for the future 136,200-square-foot medical college, directly across the Orlando Health Horizon West hospital campus.

The proposed medical college is being planned on about 25 acres north of Schofield Road and west of Avalon Road.
The proposed medical college is being planned on about 25 acres north of Schofield Road and west of Avalon Road. (Orange County)

Plans list Kelly Collins & Gentry Inc. as the civil engineer. The contractor, Element Commercial Construction, has worked with Dr. Kiran Patel before for his eponymous tuition-free charter school in Tampa, which was completed in 2019.

The proposed Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine is planned to rise southeast of Boyd Development’s growing Hamlin community, directly south of where it’s developing a roughly 20-acre medical campus just north of the Avalon Road and S.R. 429 intersection.

Principals at Boyd Development declined to comment on plans for the medical college.

Its nearby medical office campus is anticipated to contain up to 177,800 square feet of commercial space across about a dozen medical office buildings. The first phase is underway and contains about 100,000 square feet.

Boyd Development sold land in Horizon West with plans for a new 151-unit residential subdivision just north of its proposed medical office campus.

Dr. Kiran Patel has made major donations to medical colleges before. In 2017, Nova Southeastern University named its College of Osteopathic Medicine after the Indian American physician and entrepreneur, shortly after he and his wife announced a $200 million commitment to the school.

Records show their foundation made another $25 million donation to the university in 2018. The partnership with Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel also helped fuel the construction of its Clearwater branch in Pinellas County, along the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The 311,000-square-foot campus was completed in 2019.

Dr. Pallavi Patel and Dr. Kiran Patel (center) helped fund the NSU College of Osteopathy in Clearwater.
Dr. Pallavi Patel and Dr. Kiran Patel (center) helped fund the NSU College of Osteopathy in Clearwater. (Posted by WRAGG/South Florida Sun Sentinel file photo)

Baker Barrios, which designed the Clearwater school, is also the named architecture firm for the Orlando project.

Dr. Kiran Patel is also part of FBN Partners, a large Tampa-based investment group that includes Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.

Earlier this year, the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine at NSU was granted provisional accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Around 2005, the Patels announced an $18.5 million donation to the University of South Florida to establish the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Sustainability, completed in 2010. They also committed $5 million to what became the Dr. Pallavi Patel Performing Arts Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

The proposed Orlando College of Osteopathic Medicine is near active residential development including Dream Finders Homes’ 151-lot residential community, located south of New Independence Parkway and west of S.R. 429. The homebuilder is also building Wincey Groves at Hamlin, a 177-lot subdivision on 54 acres northwest of New Independence Parkway and Avalon Road.

Nearby, Boyd Development is planning a 225-home subdivision at 6301 Avalon Rd. called Northshore of Lake Hamlin.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 491-3357, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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