Tavistock Development Company isn’t quite ready to pack things up at its popular Boxi Park at Lake Nona Town Center.
The developer has asked City of Orlando to extend its temporary use permit until 2022. The permit was set to expire at the end of the month.
This would be the second extension for the 30,000-square-foot park and entertainment venue, which opened in 2019. The original permit was approved in 2018 for two years, with up to five 1-year extensions.
“It really speaks to the success of the park itself,” Tavistock Vice President Jessi Blakley said. “Even it COVID, it has done so well. We’ve been having great turnouts, and we were able to do some really interesting events even when we were under tighter restrictions.”
Built from 12 shipping containers, Boxi Park features curated food and beverage options showcasing different cuisines along with two full-service bars serving a selection of cocktails, wine and beer garden featuring its own craft beer line. Tavistock President Jim Zboril has said the opening of Boxi Park actually helped drive an increase in sales at the surrounding restaurants in Lake Nona’s Town Center.
Boxi Park also took home the award for 2019 Retail Development of the Year from NAIOP Central Florida.
“It has become a regional destination,” Blakley said.
The project lies directly across the street from Landon House apartments, at the intersection of Tavistock Lakes Boulevard and Lake Nona Boulevard.
As for the long-term future of the container park, that’s still to be determined. The site could be redeveloped with a more permanent structure as the town center builds out, but Blakley noted that Lake Nona still has plenty of available land.
“The last thing we would want to do is take something away that add so much value to the community,” she said.
While there won’t be any changes to the Boxi Park site, the Town Center continues to take shape. The 17-story Lake Nona Wave Hotel is scheduled to open this fall. The 234-room property will offer 18 suites, including two presidential suites of 2,354 square feet, and multiple restaurants and lounge spaces. The hotel also is designed to host groups, meetings, galas and social gatherings with more than 10,000 square feet of flexible event space.
Tavistock recently released new renderings of the hotel’s eclectic lobby, its guest rooms and the presidential suites. The hotel also will feature smart room technology for lighting, temperature control, and entertainment. That includes View Smart Windows, which predictively tint in response to outdoor conditions, eliminating the need for blinds, while also offering health and wellness benefits for building occupants and the environment.
View Smart Windows were installed into three existing buildings in the Laureate Park neighborhood Village Center, including a fitness studio, Canvas Restaurant & Market, and Lake Nona’s event venue, Dockside. Additional installations include the recently completed 120,000-square-foot office building in Lake Nona Town Center.
The Lake Nona Performance Club, a 130,000-square foot fitness and wellness and fitness center, opens in mid-July. It has an aquatic center, rock climbing gym and zen yoga garden, among its amenities.
SIMCOM Aviation Training is also moving forward with its planned 95,263-square-foot office and training facility in the Lake Nona Town Center. Last month, SIMCOM secured $43.85 million in financing from CIBC Bank USA for the facility.