Orlando Health updates plans, long-term expansion for Lake Mary medical complex

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Orlando Health is updating plans for a 30.8-acre medical complex on Rinehart Road in Lake Mary, with a new phased site plan featuring expansion options like a six-story hospital tower which weren't included when the project was announced last May.

The first phase of construction now includes two buildings: a two-story, 44,000-square-foot freestanding emergency department and a three-story, 60,000-square-foot medical office pavilion for the campus on Rinehart Road at Manderley Run.

The updates were included in permit applications to the city of Lake Mary and the St. Johns River Water Management District filed in late December. 

Orlando Health originally planned to combine the emergency center and medical offices into one four-story, 90,000-square-foot building when first announced in May 2017.

The latest plans show a Phase 2 buildout that features a 370,000-square-foot hospital tower with 240 beds. The six-story tower would be attached to the south side of the free-standing emergency department, and border Manderley Run on the property's south end.

The medical pavilion is planned for the north side of the site, separated from the emergency department and hospital tower by two retention ponds.

Other elements in the second phase include a central energy plant, a four-story, 880-space parking garage, and additional surface parking. 

The new freestanding ED with 24 beds, an imaging department, ambulance bays and a helipad will coordinate with Orlando Health’s South Seminole Hospital, which lies 6 miles away.

The medical campus, now vacant except for an asphalt driveway, will become part of the 153-acre New Century Town Center, a Planned Unit Development with long-term plans for residential, office and retail development at Rinehart Road and Primera Boulevard.

Stephen Noto, city planner with Lake Mary, said the emergency facility and medical office buildings will be part of a new land-use category proposed by Orlando Health called “medical arts technology.”

"They had originally proposed a new mixed-use land-use category with a different name," he told GrowthSpotter, "but given the eventual consolidation of Orlando Health into the New Century project, they felt it more appropriate to go with a medically-geared land use."

Orlando Health officials did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

The land is owned by Orlando-based Parkway Properties, through affiliate LMLD New Century II LLC, which is also managing development. Richard Toomey, director of land development for Parkway, declined to comment for this story. 

Parkway bought the property for the medical campus in December 2015 from Crescent Communities LLC, developers of the New Century project, for $3.525 million.

Development of New Century, first announced in May 2016, has been stalled as Lake Mary officials continue their technical review. The project was to include up to 350 multifamily units, 350 hotel rooms, 50,000 square feet of standard retail, 50,000 square feet of specialty retail, and 1.2 million square feet of office or flex space.

In September 2016, Parkway sold two parcels totaling 22.28 acres adjacent to New Century Town Center, to Atlanta developer TPA Group for $4.3 million.

Two months later, TPA announced plans for Edison at Primera, a mixed-use development to feature a two-story, 111,380-square-foot office building on Primera Boulevard between Rinehart Road and Interstate 4. The new office project was to include a 5,286-square-foot clubhouse building, according to plans submitted to Lake Mary and the water management district in November 2016.

Edison at Primera is currently under construction, according to Noto.

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