After winning approval from the City of Orlando to increase the maximum building height in Lake Nona, master developer Tavistock has filed a site plan for a new trio of apartment towers across from the Town Center.
The proposed Skylar Apartments development would rise on a 5-acre site on Tavistock Lakes Boulevard immediately east of the Landon House apartment community. Tavistock Development Company has filed a PD amendment to create the lot from a larger parcel that extends north to Nemours Parkway. The developer also submitted a Specific Parcel Master Plan for the multi-phased development, which includes 25,473 square feet of office and retail space.
Skylar would consist of 625 residential units spread across three mixed-use residential towers and eight 2-story townhouses. Towers A and C would be constructed in Phase 1, along with a 7-story parking garage, according to the application package. Tavistock Vice President Jessi Blakley said the developer is targeting early 2023 to begin construction with an estimated two-year buildout.
Tower A, located in the northeast corner of the site, is 18 stories with 221 residential units (including the only three-bedroom units), with 7308 square feet of retail on the ground floor attached to an amenity room that opens up to the shared outdoor swimming pool and courtyard.
Tower C would be a 16-story building attached to the parking garage, which accommodates 811 vehicles and has 25 private garages that offer direct access to the elevator cores. This tower, which is just east of Landon House, has over 10,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and hosts the leasing office. It would have 166 units, including a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units.
There’s also a separate 2-story amenity building on the south end of the courtyard with nearly 14,000 square feet. It will include a lounge space and fitness center.
Tower B would be another 18-story building with 238 apartments and nearly 8,100 square feet of retail or commercial space. It’s located in the southeast corner of the site. The townhomes also would be built in Phase 2, according to the project narrative. Blakely said they haven’t decided yet whether to offer them as fee simple units or keep them as rental units. Each has 1,850 square feet of living space.
Blakley said the Greater Orlando Airport Authority has approved the height request, but the developer is still waiting for final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. The tallest towers would slightly exceed the height of the recently opened Lake Nona Wave Hotel, which rings in at 17 stories.
On the north, the community opens up to the future GreenLink Park, a half-mile linear park that connects the Town Center to Laureate Park. The GreenLink will be served by the community’s autonomous shuttles. Tavistock will be seeking a parking reduction from the required minimum of 1,014 spaces. The firm is conducting a parking study to justify the requests.
Blakley said the design team is still exploring opportunities for rooftop amenities.
The new Skylar plan replaces a proposed master plan that was submitted in 2018 for the same parcel. The previous plan for a 450-unit apartment building would have been the largest multifamily building to date in the community and would have matched the height of the 11-story Pixon building.