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Local contractor wants to build a new fitness center in downtown Maitland

Maitland Fitness features a waterfront people's plaza leading into an outdoor dining area.

Local developer and contractor Gary Jensen is proposing to build a new fitness facility in downtown Maitland.

Jensen is requesting site plan approval from the city’s Development Review Committee to build a 17,600-square-foot mixed-use building on a vacant 1.2-acre lot at 425 Sybelia Parkway North, directly behind the 400 North mixed-use development along Orlando Avenue.


Conceptual plans call for a 2-story fitness facility that can accommodate office uses, such as a physical therapy office, and restaurant uses, like a smoothie bar and cafe. Plans show the development will feature a people’s plaza that contains public outdoor recreational space near a pond and lush landscaping leading into an outdoor dining area.

In order for the project to come to fruition, the applicant is seeking waivers to shift the building’s orientation along the water and adjust the allowable building width. In addition, Jensen is requesting to build a wall along the street side of the parking lot.


Earlier this year, Jensen won unanimous city council approval to amend the site’s building restrictions, which were subject to the Uptown Maitland East Developer’s Agreement recorded in 2003.

Jensen did not respond to requests for comment. The site is currently owned by Uptown Maitland LLC, led by attorney David Dalton.

The neighboring 400 North mixed-use development features 300 apartment units and ground-floor retailers that include a mix of restaurants, a health club chain and hair and nail salons. The project was completed in 2019 by Fort Lauderdale-based BLD Group.

The Maitland submarket has drawn the likes of businesses, developers and institutional investors like Miami-based Related Group and North Carolina-based Harbour Retail Partners, which is building the first phase of the Shoppes at Trelago project in Maitland.

In 2019, Related Group sold its 350-unit Town Trelago apartment community for $105 million to multifamily development, investment and management firm, Kettler.

Last month, the online investing platform Fundrise paid $83 million for the Luna at Lake Shadow Apartments at 2200 Flagler Promenade Way, built by Bainbridge in 2019.

Active multifamily developers in the area include Maitland-based Nvision Development, which is planning the 385-unit Aspen at Maitland West apartment complex, and Raleigh, North Carolina-based Aventon Companies, which is building a 247-unit apartment complex within developer Dan Bellows’ Gem Lake Water District near Winter Park.

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