UCF revives & increases plan for new office bldg at Rosen College of Hospitality

The University of Central Florida is reviving plans to expand the capacity of its Rosen College of Hospitality Management, filing a request Wednesday with Orange County to increase the size of a long-planned office building for the site. 

Back in October 2014, UCF earned county approval on a Development Plan to expand the Rosen College with a new two-story, 40,000-square-foot office building with a maximum height of 50 feet, to be set over an existing parking lot. The plan would remove 123 parking spaces and replace those with new parking area along Destination Parkway.

Those plans were left dormant until now. The change determination request filed Wednesday revives the plan by asking to increase the building's size to 50,000 square feet and three stories, taking the height to 60 feet. 

Based at the southeast corner of Universal Boulevard and Destination Parkway, UCF's Real Estate Foundation paid $8.2 million for the 20-acre site in 2001, and in 2003 opened the Rosen College of Hospitality's two-story main building with 135,587 square feet of conditioned area. 

Two student housing buildings were opened there in 2006, each about 73,000 square feet of conditioned area across four stories. 

Officials with UCF did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

When the then-School of Hospitality Management opened 14 years ago it had 75 students enrolled, today the Rosen College has more than 3,500. 

UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality Management was ranked no. 2 in the world earlier this year by CEOWORLD Magazine on its list of the 50 best hospitality management schools, up from a no. 5 ranking in 2015. 

Unroe Engineering is civil engineer on the office building project and Heilman Architecture is the architect. 

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