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Chau Medical Group is expanding to Winter Springs with new medical office mixed-use project

The mixed-use project will feature a large pond with a fountain and pedestrian trail.
The mixed-use project will feature a large pond with a fountain and pedestrian trail. (Winter Springs)

Orlando-based Chau Medical Group is tapping into its development expertise once again as it pursues its second location in Central Florida.

The medical practice, founded by Dr. Son Chau who specializes in geriatric medicine and internal medicine, developed and opened its first location in the 1990′s at 1287 N. Semoran Boulevard. The 44,600-square-foot building was completed in 1997, near Orlando’s Baldwin Park neighborhood, before the posh neighborhood was established.

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Now, Dr. Chau is looking to do something similar in Winter Springs.

A development group consisting of Chau, Chau Medical Group’s Truc Nguyen and civil engineer Sam Sabaali of Florida Engineering Group, recently won site plan approvals from Winter Springs city commissioners, moving forward their proposed mixed-use development that’s set to rise on a little more than five acres on the southwest corner of Hacienda Drive and S.R. 434.

Plans call for multi-phase development anchored by a three-story medical office building spanning 10,190 square feet on 1.2 acres. In addition, the plan includes development rights to build a retail center with up to 6,400 square feet and a roughly 50,000-square-foot assisted living facility with 114-beds on the remainder of the property.

Learn which land owners are behind the undeveloped property, what transportation advantages it boasts, and what the city envisions there.

The gross area for all proposed buildings is 65,970 square feet. Features include improvements to the area’s streetscape and a large stormwater pond that will feature a fountain and walking trail.

“I’m a physician, I’m no developer, but I’m happy to say things are finally coming together,” Dr. Chau said. “It’s always been my dream to have an assisted living facility, where I practice geriatric medicine."

He said Chau Medical Group has been growing, and the team including his own daughter who also specializes in geriatric medicine, is ready to expand its footprint to serve a larger community.

According to its website, the medical group is staffed with employees who speak both English and Vietnamese.

Records show Dr. Chau and Nguyen purchased the land in 2018 for $337,500. Since then, he said he’s been working the city to properly mitigate the land, which contains some wetlands, in order for the development to move forward.

Chau told GrowthSpotter he hopes to start clearing the land before the new year.

His medical practice will take up about 5,000 square feet in the new office building, and he said he plans to lease the remainder of the office space to another medical tenant.

In total, the development should add about 100 jobs to the area, according to city documents.

The mixed-use development is close to Winter Springs' Greeneway Interchange District, where a number of developers are planning to build or have recently completed projects.

Equinox Development is prepping about 9.95 acres on the southwest corner of S.R. 434 and Tuskawilla Rd., right across from the Winter Springs Town Center, for about 58,500 square feet of new retail and restaurant space across five or six buildings.

Last year, Catalyst Development Partners completed its 281-unit Blake apartment community, and a year before that, a partnership between Integra Land Company and CrossHarbor Capital Partners completed a 360-unit apartment community 1700 Integra Land Way.

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Currently, Lennar Homes is building out its 379-unit residential subdivision, Tuskawilla Crossing, which is comprised of single-family detached homes and detached bungalow units on lots ranging from 34 feet to 70 feet in width in the area.

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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