Senior Living Developments

Dr. Phillips Inc. seeks to rezone its new senior living community to permit alcohol consumption

Dr. Phillips Inc. is seeking to rezone its HarborChase luxury senior living community in Orlando’s Dr. Phillips neighborhood to allow for on-site alcohol consumption as originally intended.

The development sits within the 26-acre Spring Lake Health and Living Campus at 7233 Della Drive. It opened it doors in January with 80 independent living apartments, 72 assisted living apartments and 34 memory care apartments.


A cocktail lounge is one of the many amenities offered at the project, but because the bar area encroaches on a section of the property zoned R-3 (Multiple-Family Dwelling District), any partaking of a drink in the wrong zone would technically go against code requirements.

Dr. Phillips, thus, is seeking a PD (Planned Development District) zoning on about 232,000 square feet of space in place of the property’s split 3.31 acres of C-1 (Retail Commercial District) zoning and 5.64 acres of R-3 zoning.


“These people are having to drink in a closet,” Rebecca Wilson, a land use and zoning attorney at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., representing Dr. Philips, said jokingly at an Orange County Development Review Committee meeting Wednesday morning.

DRC members moved the motion forward with recommendation for approval. The request goes before Orange County’s Planning and Zoning committee in December and its Board of County Commissioners in early 2020.

Emails and calls to Dr. Phillips Inc. were not immediately returned.

Amenities at HarborChase of Dr. Phillips include chef-prepared meals, concierge services, 24-hour nursing assistance, a beauty salon, daily transportation and housekeeping services. Residents have access to a rooftop terrace, library, wellness center and diverse health programs.

HarborChase of Dr. Phillips is managed by Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA) in Vero Beach. It was designed by THW Design, with interiors done by Interior Design Associates and Brasfield & Gorrie, which also served as its general contractor.

Dr. Phillips, Inc., Orlando Health and HRA partnered to develop the $75 million Spring Lake Health and Living Campus.

The project consists of the 60,000-square-foot Orlando Health Medical Pavilion at Spring Lake medical office building, the HarborChase of Dr. Phillips senior living community and a three-level parking garage.

The medical pavilion at 7243 Della Dr. features offices for primary care physicians and specialists from Physician Associates and Orlando Health Physicians Family Medicine Group.


An early press release issued by Orlando Health about the project stated that experts in internal medicine, orthopedics, geriatrics, oncology and cardiology will be housed in the building.

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