AdventHealth is requesting an amendment to its Clermont Health Park Planned Unit Development to add an ambulatory surgery center to its compound at the southeast intersection of State Road 50 and Citrus Tower Boulevard.
The Clermont City Council approved the PUD in 2020 for the two existing buildings, which include an emergency room and medical office building, called a HealthPark. The amendment would allow for the construction of a 14,500-square-foot ambulatory surgery center, said City Senior Planner Regina McGruder. “It will not require any waivers to the Land Development Code. The proposed building will be similar in design and color to the existing buildings.”
The request came before the Clermont Planning and Zoning Commission on Oct. 4, which recommended its approval. It is scheduled to go before the City Council on Oct. 25.
McGruder said the city staff has also reviewed the request and is recommending approval of the PUD amendment.
“Advent Health is a first-class operation and I applaud this expansion,” said Planning and Zoning Commission Member Jane McAllister.
Selby Weeks, with Klima Weeks Civil Engineering, said the amendment would not require a Tier One Traffic Study because the surgery center would not generate much traffic. The existing facility generates almost 1,500 trips. This will generate about 79 trips per day, or 5% of what is currently generated, he said. “If it were anything of impact, we would have to address it in a greater way.”
McGruder said the developer did submit data and analyses from surrounding projects similar to this one and that is how they received the exemption for the traffic study. “It was determined their trip generation would be minimum.” The surgery center is not expected to impact levels of service on nearby roadways.
The surgery center amendment would also allow for parking and accessory uses.
According to the staff report, the site has access to an arterial roadway, S.R. 50, and is accessible through a major collector, Citrus Tower Boulevard, which is designated a major transportation facility. “The City does have sufficient capacity to provide utility services for the project. The proposed development will provide opportunities for job creation and growth in Clermont.”
Advent Health also scooped up a 49-acre tract in June 2022 known as Clonts Grove, a former citrus grove at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Wellness Way and across from Lake Louisa. Plans for that property include 600 multi-family units with a density of up to 12 units per acre, and 152,000 square feet of commercial uses.
That property is next to the Olympus sports and wellness master-planned community. Arizona-based Healthcare Trust of America (HTA) plans to build a $100 million medical campus in the Clermont sports and wellness district. Healthcare Trust of America merged with Healthcare Realty in July 2022.