Trammell Crow prepping second apartment complex on church-owned land

With construction well underway at its Alexan North End apartments, Trammell Crow Residential is prepping for the next phase of the community to be built on the Calvary Assembly of God property just north of Downtown Orlando.

The Atlanta-based developer filed a Specific Parcel Master Plan (SPMP) with the city for another 222-unit urban apartment building, this time on the 4-plus acres on the northeast corner of Clay Street and Oglesby Avenue, north of the church.  

The first phase was approved for a 310-unit urban-style apartment building south of the church. The four-story building surrounds a structured parking deck and courtyard. The plan also included a swimming pool, business center, club room, fitness and yoga centers, and co-working space.

Charlan Brock & Associates is the architect for both projects. Project Manager Steven Flositz told GrowthSpotter the developer has tweaked the master plan for Phase 1 to eliminate a group of townhomes.

"We broke ground in July," Flositz said. "The garage for this is nearly complete, so now we're moving on the apartments. The townhouse component was kind of off on its own. It's being turned into more of a green space or park area."

TCR anticipates delivery in mid-2020 with pre-leasing beginning in the spring.

The development team, which includes civil engineer Kimley-Horn, already held a pre-application meeting prior to filing the SPMP. One of the priorities for the city was to differentiate the two communities from each other while maintaining a cohesive theme.

"The plan was to have them similar, but not an exact replication," Flositz said. "As far as the differences, we're still working that out because it's still very early in the design process. We will be looking at color schemes, finish materials and parapet heights."

Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 will have similar Class A-quality interior finishes, but colors and materials may differ, he said. The architects are also incorporating some of the latest trends in multi-family design at Alexan North End, including a "velo room" where residents can securely store and repair their bikes.

Parcel delivery lockers, such as Amazon Lockers or Luxer One, are also standard in newer apartment communities. Pet amenities, such as dog parks and pet spas, are in demand. Flositz said Alexan North End has a covered, outdoor dog-washing station.

"A lot of apartment dwellers won't even consider living in an apartment unless it has this feature," he said. 

Calvary Assembly, which is located along Interstate 4 south of Fairbanks Avenue, extensively remodeled its church in the past two years to upgrade the facility and reduce its seat count by 1,500 to accommodate a shrinking congregation. That drop in seating resulted in about 500 unnecessary parking spaces, which were then subdivided and sold to TCR.

The church began taking steps in summer 2016 to prepare its property for portioned sale, filing a Framework Master Plan with the city of Orlando to allow for new commercial uses like hospitality, multifamily and assisted living. 

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