Westminster Communities of Florida is readying the first phase of a multi-year, $60 million expansion at its Downtown Orlando assisted living property, with newly-filed plans for a parking garage under city review.
Located at 70 S. Lucerne Circle on the south side of downtown, the 6.5-acre Westminster Towers property is home to a 20-story tower built in 1975 with more than 300 residents.
A Westminster Towers Master Plan earned city approval in 2016 for a phased expansion on the property. That includes a future 14-story sister tower, up to 84 independent living apartments, a parking garage, and a three-story, 49,000-square-foot Lifelong Learning Center with meeting space, dining hall and fitness center.
Westminster management are opting to begin the multi-phase expansion on the Towers property with the parking garage, which will streamline resident parking and free up multiple surface lots for new development, said Chris Wickberg, vice president of design and construction.
Construction plans for the four-story, 450-space garage were recently submitted to the city of Orlando and remain under staff review. When approved, the company can start by demolishing some small older buildings on a site to temporarily park vehicles that will be displaced from a surface lot where the garage will be built.
Westminster expects to start vertical construction on the garage in Spring 2018 and finish within 12 months, with a project cost estimate of $9 million, Wickberg said. FINFROCK is the general contractor, and Burkett Engineering the civil engineer.
Phase 2 at Westminster Towers will be the planned Lifelong Learning Center, to be built on a surface parking lot near the main residence tower. Construction is estimated for 2019, but Wickberg said that won't be rushed.
"We typically like to give our communities some time between construction projects, so we don't have a schedule determined on that yet," he said. "But we will start planning for it next year."
In Winter Park, the company has been in an initial design phase for the past three months on a new 16,650-square-foot Lifelong Learning Center building at its 42-acre Westminster Winter Park property.
A time line for that project remains fluid, but is targeted for a construction start at some point in 2018, Wickberg said. Stewart & Conners Architects out of Charlotte is the architect, Florida Engineering Group the civil engineer, and Welbro the local construction manager.