Orlando's 19-story Westminster Towers may be getting a sister building, a 14-story structure connected to it by a pedestrian bridge and part of a major expansion for the senior living center.
Owner Westminister Communities of Florida is also planning to add 84 independent living apartments and a 49,000-square-foot, three-story learning center that will house an auditorium, a dining hall and classrooms.
Also submitted to Orlando planners for consideration is a five-story parking garage and nearly 8,000 square feet of office space.
When all is said and done, the project is expected to cost about $60 million.
Westminster Communities of Florida is expected to act as developer. A general contractor has not yet been chosen.
A spokesman for Westminster did not return phone calls requesting comment.
Westminster Towers sits on 6.5 acres at 70 W. Lucerne Circle, on the south side of downtown.
Inside the 40-year-old building are 190 independent living apartments, ranging from studios to two bedrooms; 49 assisted living units, and nursing home facilities for 120.
Pricing is on the lower end, with units starting at $1,600 a month.
With its expansion, Westminster would be following a trend that is occurring in the Orlando area -- the building of senior living facilities.
Builders are banking on demand from aging baby boomers who can no longer, or no longer want to, stay in their homes, but do want the amenities like transportation and restaurant-type dining that these facilities offer.
There are at least half a dozen assisted living facilities under construction in the area and several others in the planning stages.