First it was a second middle school for Lake Nona, and now it’s time to double down on elementary schools as a testament to the area’s continued growth.
Orange County Public Schools has plans to build a school that will accommodate 830 students, using a vacant 12-acre parcel at 8039 Laureate Blvd., near the new VA Medical Center and the UCF College of Medicine.
The project, budgeted at $18.7 million, comes after a first elementary school opened in the booming submarket in Fall 2015.
The school district is looking for a general contractor for the project, which is expected to last 11 months.
SchenkelShultz Architecture was recently chosen as architect for the school. Design work is set to begin at the end of this month, with substantial completion of the project expected by the end of April 2017.
Lake Nona has been growing steadily, as businesses -- especially in the medical research field -- have been moving in and developers follow with residential spreads of all sizes and costs.
Lake Nona proper has roughly 7,000 residents in its neighborhoods, with the number still expanding. Lake Nona’s developer, Tavistock Group, expects 25,000 to 30,000 residents when all residential land in the area is built out.
The road the school will be built on, Laureate Park, is a Lake Nona thoroughfare that runs from Narcoossee Road just north of S.R. 417 and connects to Boggy Creek Road. It runs past the US Tennis Association national campus site and through the center of Medical City.
The property for the elementary school is not yet owned by the school district, Orange County property appraiser records show.
The land is in the names of Adam and Deanna McLellan, although it may be under contract at this point.
The McLellans could not be reached for comment. An Orange County Schools spokeswoman said she did not have a property purchase figure readily available. The McLellans bought the property for $429,800 in May 2015, property records show.
The Lake Nona area’s second elementary school, which has not yet been named, will join the Eagle Creek Elementary School that opened last fall. That school was built for a maximum of 786 students, but enrollment was close to 1,000 in November.
And, four years after its first middle school opened, Lake Nona is getting another one.
Construction of the 175,332-square-foot structure, to be built on 26 acres on Innovation Way South, east of S.R. 417 and north of Moss Park Road, was set to begin this month.