Encore had initially envisioned Reunion Village as a lifestyle center to serve the booming ChampionsGate/Reunion market with national retail and upscale restaurants. When Orlando Health signed on, they radically changed up the development plan to accommodate a potential hospital site or free-standing emergency department with complementary medical offices and other uses.
Hospital spokeswoman Kena Lewis said the final use hasn't been determined yet for the site. Encore entitled the property for a future hospital.
The site is in a hotbed of new development activity, with Encore still actively building at Reunion Resort and planning another 300 homes at Reunion Village and Lennar adding nearly 2,000 more homes to ChampionsGate.
Thousands of new apartments are also in the pipeline, with construction underway across the street at Blackwater Crossings, Legacy Union Park and Verso by Garrett Company. RIDA is also building new apartments in ChampionsGate, and DeBartolo Development is wrapping up construction of Haven at Reunion.