Winter Park's The Mayflower files expansion plan request for 16 acres

The Mayflower Retirement Community in Winter Park has readied plans for seven new buildings as part of a revived expansion plan for its 29-acre campus, and will seek city approval next month for the concept and a crucial rezoning. 

GrowthSpotter first reported in September that The Mayflower management was exploring options with city staff to expand onto 8 undeveloped acres that it owns, and another 8-acre site directly west that is under contract from owner Beverly Bidwell. 

The retirement community filed requests with the city earlier this month for conditional use approvals on the combined 16 acres for a new three-story, 58,117-square-foot skilled nursing building; a one-story, 20,672-square-foot memory care facility; a 9,000-square-foot clubhouse and 40 new villa units. It also needs Future Land Use and zoning changes to the 8 acres under contract. 

Located at 1620 Mayflower Court, off the 2400 block of Aloma Avenue and next to Interlachen Country Club, The Mayflower currently has 28 single-family villas built in 1996, 220 independent living apartments and 31 assisted living apartments in six-story buildings dating to 1990, and a 60-bed health center, all set across 29.63 acres.

"One of our goals is to build upon what we have to provide more amenities and services to existing and future residents," president and CEO Steve Kramer told GrowthSpotter. "So we're proposing a new clubhouse with dining venue and activity space to serve the new apartments we'll build out there, and plan four 10-unit apartment buildings for independent living." 

The new skilled nursing facility would have fully private rooms, and replace the current dated building that has semi-private rooms. 

A new free-standing memory care facility for dementia and Alzheimers patients is included because of growing demand in the market for these niche areas of care, which would be new services for The Mayflower, Kramer said. 

Purchase of the 8 acres is pending the city's approval of the zoning change request, said Kramer, who is hopeful to have both of those completed "in early 2018." 

He declined to estimate total project cost including land acquisition, but noted the new development would be phased over several years. 

VHB's Orlando office has served as project planner, and Roanoke-based SFCS Architects has led design. A general contractor has not been chosen, Kramer said, and bids will be sought in the coming months. 

The Mayflower's requests will go before Winter Park's Planning & Zoning Board on Jan. 4, and potentially the City Commission on Jan. 22. 

Mayflower representatives first met with city planners in May to discuss reintroducing plans they had from 2007 for further development, which have since expired. 

Demand for senior housing and new assisted living space continues to rise in Florida and is projected to stay on that trajectory for the next two decades or more. 

While Florida's population is expected to grow by roughly 5.1 million between 2010 and 2030, seniors will account for more than 55 percent of that population growth, according to a 2015 report by researchers at Florida State University and the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy.

The United Health Foundation and American Public Health Association have 15-year forecasts that predict Florida to see an 88 percent increase in new residents age 65 and older, trailing only Nevada and Arizona's growth rates. 

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