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Full Sail University’s CIO and education director seeks to introduce new wellness studio/spa in Winter Park

The gross square footage of the proposed wellness studio spans roughly 14,000 square feet.
The gross square footage of the proposed wellness studio spans roughly 14,000 square feet. (Winter Park)

A glitzy, three-story wellness studio and spa proposed to replace a dilapidated corner in Winter Park is all part of a passion project by Isis Jones, Full Sail University’s CIO and executive director of education.

Jones submitted an application in Winter Park seeking to rezone a 0.3-acre property at 301 N. New York Ave. that currently holds a Kwik Stop convenience store and laundromat operation, built in 1967.

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Plans for the wellness platform promise to offer spaces for health-inspired retailers on the first floor, which would be open to the public. The project, called Goodlives, will also contain treatment centers and a wellness club on the top floors for members.

At a Winter Park Planning and Zoning workshop session, development director Bronce Stephenson said the proposal features a third floor component that has open outdoor space that resembles a rooftop terrace.

The developer is proposing to build 10, two-story single-family homes as opposed to a more dense development already approved for 16 townhouse units across eight, three-story attached buildings.

Conceptual plans for the Goodlives spa/studio contain a state-of-the-art fitness/training room, numerous holistic and wellness treatment center offices, and elevated soaking tubs and lounge chairs featured on a rooftop sun deck.

Features mentioned at the meeting include synthetic turf, green walls and a waterfall fixture at its main entrance.

Jones told GrowthSpotter Goodlives is a wellness platform that is not associated with Full Sail University.

The proposed spa and health studio will incorporate technology to guide patrons on a journey to become a healthier version of themselves, Jones said in a text message. “This structure would support many of the actionable ideas by illuminating healthy living components surrounding nutrition, exercise, relaxation and overall wellness.”

The proposed development sits across the post office, which Winter Park has been trying to buy from the federal government for several year with the intention to expand its 11-acre Central Park public recreational area, that is home to the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Negotiations are still taking place.

Just a couple of blocks north, along New York Avenue, Winter Park developer Condev is developing a new luxury residential community that will consist of 10 single-family homes. Records show the home sites were platted earlier this summer.

The site at 694 N. New York Ave. is the result of a deal with the First Church of Christ Scientist, which worked with Condev to split their 2.4-acre lot that the congregation had owned for decades. The religious institution completed building a roughly 7,000-square-foot sanctuary on the southern parcel last year.

Neighboring the residential project and new church building is Hill Grey Seven’s Park Hill luxury townhome community, which recently closed out sales to the tune of $31 million. Park Hill is made up of 10 three-story townhomes that range between 3,300 square feet to 4,300 square feet. Each unit consists of three bedrooms and three full baths.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Garry Jones, president of Full Sail University, was involved in the project. He is not.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-5427, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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