Multiple projects are underway at Lutheran Haven, a full-service community for seniors on a 25-acre swath of unincorporated Oviedo – some immediate, some ongoing.
Reservations are now being taken for a projected early 2018 occupancy at the Landings of Lutheran Haven, a portion of the property which abuts Chapman Road.
"We have already removed a number of quadraplexes that were not occupied on this site," Linda Kirk, president and CEO, told GrowthSpotter. "We are building a new two-level, villa-style apartment home – 46 units – with a common area that includes all types of services for older adults: dining, barber/beauty shop, library, café, and marketplace – those kinds of things."
At the moment, the site is a field secured by construction fencing, but project manager Bill Hockensmith of Orlando-based Florida Engineering Group said they have secured both water management and FDOT approvals, and have received their first comments from the Seminole County planning review board.
"We are currently addressing their comments and are on our way to a construction permit," he noted. "I would say that could happen in September of this year."
Kirk says the project's architect was secured early on; Roanoke-based SFCS has been at the helm for six years. "They are an architectural firm that specializes in senior housing."
Altamonte Springs-based Lecesse Construction, which has handled several past projects for Lutheran Haven, has led all of the Landings' pre-project pricing and planning, Kirk added.
"They were responsible for the area demolition and will continue to help advise and price," she noted. "We have an agreement for construction services, as well, though they will be hiring locally for subs."
Funding for the project will come through the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Lutheran Haven campus, long-term plans are underway for an extended project, a piecemeal replacement of 76 existing cottages with new, ADA-appropriate housing units.
"This is a 20-year plan," Kirk noted, as most of the cottages are now occupied.
"(In March of 2013) we went in for a permit to demolish and replace the one cottage that is vacant, but the county said it required from us a master plan, which we've done – along with several other things – to become compliant," she said. "A recent setback issue must now be resolved; we must go file a variance…. It has become a long process."
That lone vacant cottage remains intact.
"We have plans in and have addressed comments on it, and we're still in the process of revising based on county comments," said Jeff Rebello, director of engineering for Orlando-based Harris Civil Engineers. "It's pretty much the standard – points of connections and making sure everything is tied down properly."