A Texas-based healthcare company has announced plans to build a $24 million rehabilitation hospital on S. John Young Parkway in Kissimmee on land that had been approved for a future grocery store.
Everest Rehabilitation Hospital is under contract for a 4-acre commercial parcel in the Osceola Village Center mixed-use planned unit development. Everest would build its prototype 40,000-square-foot, 36-bed, single-story physical rehabilitation hospital. The building will be pre-designed to add 17 private rooms based on market demand.
The hospital would include spacious, state of the art equipped inpatient and outpatient physical therapy gyms, a large outdoor mobility courtyard for therapeutic use, aqua therapy, a fully furnished life skills training apartment with a full kitchen and bathroom, several family gathering areas, an extra-large dining hall and patio, in-house dialysis, and an in-house pharmacy. The hospital will serve patients recovering from stroke, brain injury, neurological conditions, trauma, spinal cord injury, speech impediments, amputation, pulmonary disease, orthopedic injury, COVID-19, and other medically complex conditions.
“We provide one-to-one physical therapy, five to seven days a week, daily medical visits by rehabilitation physicians and a strong 24 hour a day nurse to patient ratio that contributes to optimal outcomes and the highest quality of care,” CEO Jay Quintana said in a release.
Developer Richard Wohlfarth took the 163-acre project through permitting and approvals. He sold the residential portion, entitled for 147 detached home lots and 200 townhomes to Avex Homes last September.
Wohlfarth said Everest emerged as a possible anchor tenant for the lot that was originally slated for a grocery store. He has applied for a PUD amendment to allow for the in-patient facility. “We think it’ll be a fantastic addition to the city. It’s going to generate darn close to 100 permanent jobs from this hospital, so we think it’s going to be a great project,” he said.
This would be the second new rehabilitation hospital to enter the Kissimmee submarket following the announcement in March that Encompass Health would build a similar facility on Calypso Cay Way at S.R. 535.
Wohlfarth also has a deal in place with Daybreak Markets, a South Florida-based gas station/convenience store operator, to open its first Central Florida location at Osceola Village. He needs a conditional use approval for the gas station. Both requests will go to the city’s Development Review Committee in June.
Daybreak Market would take 2.4 acres for the service center, which would have 24 fuel pumps and a 4,800-square-foot convenience store, with an attached 2,400-square-foot quick-service restaurant with a drive-through window. The project also calls for a drive-through car wash.
This would be the first Daybreak Market to enter the Orlando market. Earlier this month, the company announced plans to build two stores in Jacksonville.
“They are very advanced if you look at the product,” Wohlfarth said. “It’s a very large building, I think, between the C-store and the restaurant areas, close to 6,000 square feet. So by the service station standards, it’s a large building. It does have a carwash on it. And I will say architecturally when you start seeing the plan, it’s a beautiful building — very, very upscale. I think it’s going to be another good addition.”
Wohlfarth said his goal is to be able to break ground on both the hospital and Daybreak Market before the end of the year and open both in 2022. The PUD also has 14.5 acres set aside for a new multifamily community. Wohlfarth said he’s had discussions with several developers but has not closed a deal yet for the site.