The Mayflower Retirement Center just received a green light from Winter Park’s Planning and Zoning committee to move ahead with a modified version of its expansion plan that was originally approved about a year and a half ago.
Initially, the company intended to build a three-story health care building, a one-story memory care building, a one-story clubhouse and 40 new villa units in four separate three-story buildings, on about 16 acres of land directly west of its existing facility at 1620 Mayflower Court.
The new plan combines the health care and memory care buildings into a single four-story “resident care” building that spans 84,842 square feet and adds a fifth residential building that brings its total number of villa units to 50.
Ron Branom, director of construction and project management, said the site plan reconfiguration was a decision made in order to make the expansion less costly and more feasible for future staff and residents.
“It was a financial decision... You got more residents coming in, which provides more income, and its cheaper to build versus putting a 30,000-square-foot-footprint," Branom said, while adding it also “makes more sense for staff to move around.”
The Mayflower first opened its doors in 1989 when it housed 240 apartments, 31 assisted living units and 60 skilled nursing beds. Its last expansion took place in 1996 when the company built 28 villas to support more residents.
The newest expansion plan maintains the 60 skilled nursing beds, but provides an additional 22 assisted living units, 22 memory care beds and 50 new independent living units.
“We’ve originally started this in the downturn, but because of the downturn we stopped it," Branom said. "Now we’re bringing it back to life.”
Winter Park’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the new expansion plans, but only after a contentious dispute due to a request by planning staff for a condition that the developer provide two 15-foot-wide easements to help create a future bike/pedestrian path link along the western edge of the site.
That condition was dropped, but C. Andrew Roy, an attorney at Winderweedle Haines, Ward & Woodman who represented Mayflower, said the company is considering selling the suggested easement on the southwest corner of their property to the city.
The expansion would be phased over several years. Branom said the company expects to go vertical in the second quarter of 2020.
Another senior living development in Winter Park includes the 107-unit Watercrest Winter Park project being developed by Watercrest Senior Living Group and Titan Development Real Estate Fund I. The soon-to-be finished project sits on the corner of Glendon Parkway and Bennett Avenue, within the Ravaudage mixed-use development.
Once complete Watercrest Winter Park will offer 75 assisted living and 32 memory care apartments.