Fields Motorcars of Florida, Inc., will begin seeking general contractor bids to break ground at its BMW South Orlando dealership as soon as May on a 63,253-square-foot extension of its parking lot, with future expansion to follow on the property's main building, the project's architect told GrowthSpotter.
Located at 9750 S. Orange Blossom Trail, the dealership lies on a 4.67-acre parcel that currently has 152 parking spaces for customers and vehicle sales, and another 64 spaces for inventory storage.
Expansion of the business and its inventory is prompting Fields Motorcars to pave a 1.61-acre neighboring parcel directly north, along with the northwestern corner of the active south parcel. Another 122 dedicated storage spaces will be added via the 63,253 square feet of new paving.
Open since 2006 on the southern lot, the auto dealership's parent company paid $1.5 million for the northern parcel in April 2014, for eventual expansion.
The applicant's Development Plan for new parking was approved Wednesday by Orange County's Development Review Committee. Building permit applications should be filed shortly, with anticipated approval in April, said Nelson Blankenship of Blankenship Architects, a point of contact for interested contractors.
"We'll put the project out to bid for a GC simultaneously," he said. "We're also working on designs for the dealership building to enlarge the showroom and customer service area. That work will follow, but the parking lot is the first priority."
HB Associates of Altamonte Springs is civil engineer on the project.
The group had originally submitted construction plans for permit approval four to five months ago with Orange County, but learned after the fact that the property fell within an old Planned Unit Development (PUD), linked to a former homeowner's association in the area.
That forced a new DP application that the group now has approval for, and a refiling of construction plans, Blankenship said.