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Tavistock preps Lake Nona land as 54-acre corporate training center for 'unique user'

Tavistock preps Lake Nona land as 54-acre corporate training center for 'unique user'
This 3D rendering shows the Phase 1 size and scope of a corporate training and lodging facility proposed by Tavistock on 54 acres that border Lake Nona Boulevard, southwest of Red Lake. (Kimley-Horn)

Tavistock Development Company wants to develop 54.5 acres for an end-user in Lake Nona Central, east of its future Crystal Lagoon and country club homes expansion, as a corporate training campus with up to 550,000 square feet of conference space, 1,200 lodging rooms and recreation area, according to a master plan filed with the City of Orlando.

With access off Lake Nona Boulevard directly southwest of Red Lake, the facility would host corporate employees for week-long stays at the facility, according to descriptions in the Specific Parcel Master Plan (SPMP) filed July 20.

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Tavistock has a "unique user" it is preparing the land for, per documents filed, but declined to name the client on Thursday. Service providers involved in the development plan also declined, citing non-disclosure agreements.

The SPMP should go before Orlando's Southeast Town Design Review Committee in September. Plans forecast an approximate start on the project of December this year, with completion by November 2017.

Behind three gated entry points to the property would lie an expansive 54-acre campus with outdoor recreation and learning spaces, walking paths, a baseball field, and a boardwalk leading northwest to a dock on Red Lake.

This overall site plan shows the outline of 54 acres Tavistock wants to develop into a corporate training and lodging center in Lake Nona Central, southwest of Red Lake. The dark gray-shaded buildings in the center would be the focus of Phase 1.
This overall site plan shows the outline of 54 acres Tavistock wants to develop into a corporate training and lodging center in Lake Nona Central, southwest of Red Lake. The dark gray-shaded buildings in the center would be the focus of Phase 1. (Kimley-Horn)

A majority of the property would be developed in Phase 1, with a training and lodging facility totaling 780,000 square feet that includes 800 corporate lodging rooms and 350,000 square feet of conference space, along with an outdoor social venue building of 15,000 square feet.

A Phase 2 expansion would include up to 400 more lodging rooms and 200,000 square feet of event space.

The two phases would total 1,200 lodging rooms and 550,000 square feet of training/conference space.

Altogether there would be 528 parking spaces at the facility, a vast majority of which would be for staff. The plans note that most people visiting the center will arrive via shuttle bus or taxi, and not require personal vehicle parking.

As part of the rezoning request, Tavistock is asking to increase the allowable building height to 10 stories.

The property has a future land use designation of Urban Village, and a Southeast Orlando Sector Plan map designation of Residential Neighborhood, though a PD amendment is now being processed by the city to change that designation to Airport Support District - Medium Intensity. That allows for many uses, including office, hotel, support retail and service.

Kimley-Horn is civil engineer and landscape architect on the project, Jones Lang Lasalle Americas is the developer, the architect is Gensler out of Austin, and legal representative is Miranda Fitzgerald of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed.

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