An Orlando-area physician is planning to build a new medical office in Winter Springs with additional for-lease professional space, and is considering assisted living development to augment his medical practice.
Dr. Son Chau, who has been practicing in Orlando for more than 25 years, said he bought the 5.15 acres site on East S.R. 434 and Hacienda Drive so his daughter, Dr. QuynhAn "Annie" Chau and her fiancé, Dr. Huy Le, would have a place to practice medicine. Annie Chau recently graduated from medical school and specializes in internal and geriatric medicine.
"I didn't think we had enough room to grow with Annie joining me," Chau told GrowthSpotter. "So, a year ago I saw the lot on S.R. 434. I was lucky enough to buy 5 acres."
Chau paid $337,500 for the 5.1-acre vacant parcel, according to a deed signed in January. A retention pond will take up about 1.5 acres, leaving 3.7 buildable acres, he said.
Phase 1 of construction on the vacant property will be a 10,190-square-foot medical office building. Chau said he will devote 5,000 square feet to his new practice and the rest to several small professional offices he can lease. Chau plans to keep his present office at 1287 N. Semoran Blvd. in Orlando.
In later phases, Chau plans to build a 6,400-square-foot retail-commercial building on one side of the medical offices, and on the other a three-story, 114-unit assisted living facility.
"We'd love to have a Panera (Bread)," Chau said of the retail building. "We're planning for the future. I'd like to see the practice growing before I do that. I don't know how long it will take. Five, maybe 10 years."
Sam Sebaali, president of Florida Engineering Group and civil engineer on the project, said he submitted his first permit applications several weeks ago to the city of Winter Springs, the St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Transportation.
"We are just starting the permitting, and we hope to finalize it in the next three or four months," Sebaali said. "We'll have a start date near the end of the year. Dr. Chau would like to start as soon as possible."
Harbco General Contractors of Orlando will oversee construction on the project.
Chau said he hopes to have the Winter Springs office open by May 2019. Meanwhile, he is planning to build an assisted living facility at his office on Semoran Boulevard.
"We did a feasibility study when we planned for an assisted living facility in Orlando and they said go for it," Chau said. "But I've been told in Winter Springs they have two new assisted living places that have just opened. The city recommended we wait to build one there."