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Ustler Development planning more apartments at Health Village

The apartment building would be seven stories, stepping down to six stories, with a variety of walk-up and live-work units on the ground floor.
The apartment building would be seven stories, stepping down to six stories, with a variety of walk-up and live-work units on the ground floor. (Ustler Development Inc./Charlan Brock Architecture)

The same developers who built The Ivy apartments within AdventHealth Orlando’s main campus are teaming up to add another 285 luxury apartments to the Health Village campus north of the city’s Central Business District.

Ustler Development CEO Craig Ustler told GrowthSpotter he has a hard contract to buy the 2600 block of N. Orange Avenue, between E. Rollins and E. Winter Park streets, across from the AdventHealth Cancer Institute. Closing is scheduled for Third or Fourth Quarter this year.

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Ustler said he is joint venturing with Wood Partners to build on the success the two companies had with The Ivy at Health Village. That 248-unit community, completed in 2014, comprises two entire city blocks just east of Interstate 4.

The new community is dubbed Alta at Health Village, continuing the same branding Wood Partners has used in its Alta Grand project in the tourism corridor. Ustler said the plan for this site is to go taller with more density.

The 285-unit apartment building would be constructed on the 2600 block of N. Orange Avenue, across from AdventHealth Cancer Institute.
The 285-unit apartment building would be constructed on the 2600 block of N. Orange Avenue, across from AdventHealth Cancer Institute. (Ustler Development Inc.)

“This is a more contemporary and urban feeling project,” he said on Friday. “The site is on Orange Avenue and it was appropriate to do a taller and more urban building here as compared to The Ivy, which is farther to the west. The building is seven stories fronting Orange Avenue and then steps down to six stories to the west facing Dade Avenue.”

Charlan Brock Architects designed the building to have a more commercial look on the western exposure, which faces the hospital, by using corrugated metal siding as an accent. A more residential application with cedar siding accents the half of the building that faces The Ivy. It would have a total of 15 ground-floor walk-up units, which includes three live-work units on Orange Avenue.

“The walk-up units are popular with residents who own large dogs because they can easily walk their pets without having to walk through the interior corridors and these units also significantly enhance the urban design,” Ustler wrote in the project narrative.

The architect used different materials and heights to differentiate the more urban half of the building from the western half, which is closer to College Park. From this view, you can see the rooftop terrace that surrounds the pool and the ground-floor walk-up units on Rollins Street.
The architect used different materials and heights to differentiate the more urban half of the building from the western half, which is closer to College Park. From this view, you can see the rooftop terrace that surrounds the pool and the ground-floor walk-up units on Rollins Street. (Ustler Development Inc./Charlan Brock Associates)

The design team added windows and balconies to capitalize on views of Downtown Orlando. They also moved the pool and amenities from the ground level to the roof of the garage to create a more urban experience.

“The conceptual architecture is bold and forward-looking and will be a signature addition to the Orange Avenue corridor in Health Village,” Ustler wrote. “The style is contemporary, yet warm, and includes upgraded materials and a color palette not often utilized in Florida.”

GAI Consultants is the project engineer, and Wood Partners will serve as the general contractor. Delivery is tentatively scheduled for mid-2021.

Health Village is a long-term plan for a 172-acre mixed-use planned community the healthcare company calls an “urban health oasis.” The Planned Development is entitled for 670 apartment units and a future hotel. After the hospital’s long-term plan is complete, Health Village will have added 800 more beds to the hospital, 600,000 square feet of medical office space, 100,000 square feet of general office space, and 120,000 square feet of retail shops. Retailers include Panera, Downtown Credo and Marketplace Outfitters.

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