Tavistock plans new mixed-use district in Lake Nona, led by medical office project

Bob Moser
GrowthSpotter

Tavistock Development Company is in early-stage planning for a new mixed-use district in Lake Nona that could cover about 270 acres east of Lake Nona Town Center, with a web of interconnected streets that would guide urban-style development, according to private concept plans obtained by GrowthSpotter

The company distributed a Request for Proposals (RFP) in late June for an architecture firm to provide design services for a three-story, 80,000-square-foot medical office building in the new mixed-use district. 

Planned for the northeast corner of Tavistock Lakes Boulevard and future Hitchings Avenue, the office building would be one of the first projects developed in the district, and would share a parking garage with a proposed 300-unit mixed-use apartment building. 

In the June RFP, a conceptual Regulating Plan shows the mixed-use district to cover an estimated 270 acres bounded by Lake Nona Boulevard, Nemours Parkway and Laureate Boulevard. Of that, about 256 acres remain undeveloped, and more than 238 acres are owned by Tavistock affiliates. 

The company described the new district in the RFP as a boutique collection of homes, apartments, offices, shops and restaurants.

A Tavistock spokeswoman declined to comment on plans for the mixed-use district, other than to confirm the company is in early-stage planning for the medical office building. 

The conceptual Regulating Plan appears headed toward a form-based zoning code, like Orange County developed last year for a 3,500-acre study area around International Drive. This prioritizes the public realm and active street frontage, using physical form instead of separation of uses to organize the code. 

The concept plan depicts multiple "pocket parks," potential for civic area, a "water node" area, and potential "water streets" that run vertically along two large retention ponds east of the district that border Laureate Park. 

The RFP deadline for the new medical office building was July 7, with an architect selection estimated for July 21, schematic design complete by Aug. 31, design development by Nov. 3 and construction documents by late February 2018. 

Construction on the medical office building is estimated to start around August 2018, with June 2019 targeted for completion, per the RFP. 

Tavistock should also be issuing contracts in the coming months for civil engineer, general contractor for pre-construction services, master planner and interior designer on the medical office building project. 

Strong demand for medical office space in the district seems a given, as its surrounded by the VA Medical Center at Lake Nona, UCF Health Sciences Campus and Nemours Children's Hospital. 

The first new internal road in this mixed-use district will be Hitchings Avenue, for which Beazer Homes is building the half between Laureate and Tavistock Lakes boulevards as part of construction in started in April on the 216-unit Gatherings of Lake Nona, the area's first active-adult community. That road work should be done in the next three to six months, per city staff. 

The western side of the mixed-use district includes 22.5 undeveloped acres owned by UCF, and the site of Tavistock's new 11-story "Pixon" mixed-use apartment building, for which construction should start in September

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