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Local church teams up with ALG Senior to expand its Winter Garden campus

The church hopes to develop a 25,000-square-foot gymnasium/auditorium as part of its expansion plans. The so-called gymatorium will contain up to 500 seats.
The church hopes to develop a 25,000-square-foot gymnasium/auditorium as part of its expansion plans. The so-called gymatorium will contain up to 500 seats. (Winter Garden)

Found Life Church in Winter Garden is working with ALG Senior, one of the nation’s largest senior living operators, to expand its campus on Plant Street.

Late last week, Winter Garden city commissioners approve the first of two readings considering a rezoning request submitted by the church and Jacksonville Beach-based general contracting firm Whitestone Construction Group.

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Plans noted in the proposed Planned Unit Development include building a 32,570-square-foot assisted living facility on about 4.8 acres of land the church sold to ALG this summer for $520,000.

Plans call for developing a senior care facility that will be able to accommodate up to 60 beds.

Staff coordinated with the developer to ensure the height of new buildings would be limited to 35 feet, with an allowance of up to 45 feet in height for church steeples or architectural features.

The church sold about five acres of its campus to senior living developer ALG as part of its expansion plan that includes adding 10,000 square feet to the church and developing a new 500-seat gymnasium/auditorium.
The church sold about five acres of its campus to senior living developer ALG as part of its expansion plan that includes adding 10,000 square feet to the church and developing a new 500-seat gymnasium/auditorium. (Winter Garden)

The partnership will be helping construct a new road to provide access to Lakeview Road.

The remaining 11.2 acres of the proposed PUD, located at 1001 W. Plant St., is owned by the church.

The site currently contains its 14,860-square-foot church facility. Plans show the church hopes to expand the existing church building by 10,000 square feet and develop develop a 25,000-square-foot gymatorium (a mix between a gymnasium and auditorium).

Plans also show ample open space, including a dedicated recreational area called a Tot Lot.

The church expansion would add 150 seats to the church’s current 500 seats. Found Life Church moved into its present day location early last year after inheriting the nearly 16-acre property from Garden Cathedral Church of God.

The company is seeking approvals to develop a roughly $20 million office project across from its assisted and independent living facilities in Winter Garden.

According to a report by the Orange Observer, the church renovated the building to include major improvements to its roof and air-conditioning unit, as well as updates to its bathrooms, sound system, and lighting fixtures.

ALG, a Hickory, North Carolina-based senior living company, recently changed its name from Affinity Living Group.

Data from a recently released 2020 report by senior living national trade association, Argentum, shows ALG is the ninth largest senior living operator in the nation with more than 12,860 units in its portfolio.

The company also owns the adjacent Golden Pond assisted living facility just north of the proposed Winter Garden PUD. Representatives at the company were not immediately available to comment.

Tildenville Elementary School lies south of the property.

Dave Schmitt Engineering is the civil engineer. ELEVEN18 Architecture is the architect.

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