Luxury multifamily developer The Bainbridge Companies is looking to eventually bring more than 800 apartment units to 41 acres of property in Orlando’s tourism district, along International Drive.
The South Florida-based company has filed plans to Orange County for what would be a second phase of its Bainbridge World Center project, Bainbridge president of development Bob Thollander told GrowthSpotter.
The first phase, totaling 342 units, is expected to start construction in a few weeks, he added.
Planning and engineering firm Kimley Horn has filed a pre-application on behalf of Bainbridge requesting a meeting with county staff to discuss a second phase consisting of 464 units as well as to discuss rezoning the land from A-2 to PD.
The developer has also been tasked with building a private road leading to the property, which could play a key part in the owner’s long-term vision of eventually seeing shops, restaurants and possibly, a hotel, accompany the apartment on the site.
Before the mixed-use project can come to light, the road has to go in first, Randy Hodge, the executive vice president of Intram Investments told GrowthSpotter.
“The front parcels will develop after the apartment developer builds an entrance road into the overall project,” he said. It’s “likely a year or so down the line for the commercial fronting on I-Drive.”
In April, 2021, Thollander gave GrowthSpotter early details about the first phase of Bainbridge World Center project, totaling 342 units on roughly 16 acres at 14051 International Drive.
Thollander, at that time, said Bainbridge World Center would consist of four, 5-story garden-style apartment buildings surrounding a man-made lake and surface parking. He said amenities would include a large stand-alone clubhouse spanning about 10,000 square feet, a resort-style swimming pool and a fitness center.
Scott + Cormia has been tabbed as the architect.
With the addition of phase two, it would bring the total of apartments on the site to 806, making it the largest Bainbridge property in Central Florida by a wide margin.
“We like that location a lot because you’re so close to all of the attractions,” Thollander said. " Disney Springs is just a mile away, you’re close to the airport, you’re close to the (Orange County)convention center, you’re close to Lake Nona. There’s a lot of value here.”
Bainbridge has other development projects in the pipeline within Orlando’s tourism corridor. Further north, it’s redeveloping the long-closed Mystery Fun House site into a new apartment community with nearly 400 units. Thollander said construction should start on this project in August.
It will be a “carbon copy” of the 278-unit Bainbridge Winter Park, he said. That asset features a five-story rental building and parking garage, a 24-hour fitness center featuring Peloton bikes ,a 24-hour, video-monitored mail center with package lockers, modern kitchens, Nest thermostats and up to 12-foot tall ceilings heights.
Near Universal Studios and its future theme park Epic Universe, the developer has started construction of its 330-unit Sand Lake apartment community at 7575 Universal Boulevard.
Bainbridge has two projects underway in the Lake Nona area.
The 252-unit Bainbridge Nona North, at 4400 Wetherbee Road, is under construction, according to the company’s website.
The 300-unit Bainbridge Mission Pointe,12231 Pioneers Way, is currently pre-leasing. Bainbridge recently filed plans for a second phase of Mission Pointe.
The site of the planned Bainbridge World Center is part of a larger nearly 80-acre assemblage of properties put together by Intram between 2018 and 2019 for more than $18.6 million.
Of the assemblage, only about 37 acres sit within the Nadeen Tanmore II Planned Development, which includes the Caribe Royal Orlando resort community on the west side of International Drive.
The entire development program includes 300 hotel rooms, 100,000 square feet of commercial uses, and nearly 350 apartments.
Hodge worked with Orange County planners to reassign some of the development entitlements over to the 37-acre parcel to the east of International Drive.
There are a number of developments in the pipeline near where Intram is under contract with Bainbridge.
In December, the Orange County Board of Commissioners granted a request by Orlando-based Darton US Holdings to add entitlements of 372 hotel rooms to 19 acres of land just south of S.R. 536, east of I-4.
GrowthSpotter reported in January that Kobo Development LLC, led by the international developer Zari Kovo, is under contract to purchase roughly 270 acres of land east of International Drive and south of Central Florida Parkway with plans to build a new mixed-use community that would add thousands of new hotel rooms and apartments to the market.
The development group has engaged Jennifer Stickler with Kimley Horn to rezone the 273 acres north of State Road 417 from A-2 to Planned Development, which will allow for up to 1 million square feet of commercial space, 4,770 condo/hotel rooms, and 5,825 multifamily dwelling units.
The request is pending approval by Orange County.