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Dec. 4, 2019

Lake Nona Medical City

UCF Medical School in Lake NonaA landmark, an employment center, and a premier location for medical care, Medical City in Lake Nona provides one of the best choices for those working in the medical field or seeking medical care. Lake Nona has grown into one of the top communities in the country and it's partially due to the cluster of health care and life science facilities known as Medical City.

The Facilities

Medical City is made up of six main facilities including:

  • Guidewell Innovation Center
  • Nemours Children's Hospital
  • UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center
  • UCF Health Sciences Campus
  • UF Research & Academic Center
  • VA Medical Center

The development of Medical City began in 2005 when the Tavistock Group provided 50 acres of space and $12.5 million in donations to the University of Central Florida for their medical school.

The Florida Board of Governors approved the proposal from UCF to build a medical college in Lake Nona a year later and it opened to students in the fall of 2009. Another 25 acres of space was purchased by UCF in 2012 to construct a teaching hospital.

The development of Medical City isn't fully completed, yet it has already had a massive economic impact on Lake Nona and surrounding areas. Experts estimate the fully developed Medical City will offer up to 30,000 total jobs and provide a $7.6 billion impact on the economy over the next decade.

While the UCF facilities are a huge part of Medical City in Lake Nona, the entire complex covers about 650 total acres. It's a carefully planned cluster of facilities based on the proven theory of offering both bioscience and healthcare facilities near each other creates accelerated innovation.

Lake Nona's Medical City is expected to become the home for top hospitals in the country, along with research institutions, life science companies, and universities.

UCF College of Medicine

As a part of the second-largest university in the country, the UCF College of Medicine includes the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, a medical library, and other UCF health sciences programs. About 200 medical students are enrolled in the medical school every year.

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

An esteemed research center offering graduate and undergraduate programs in bio-med, the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences is a research-intensive medical school. It's known for cutting-edge medical research.

UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center

Beginning as the MD Anderson Orlando Cancer Research Institute, the facilities were relocated to Lake Nona and opened in 2009. With the relocation, MD Anderson had the ability to partner with UCF on research projects and allow some of the Center's doctors to serve as faculty members for UCF. The facility was eventually taken over by UCF entirely and renamed the UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center.

Nemours Children's Hospital

A 60-acre pediatric health campus, the Nemours Children's Hospital offers one of the top options for children’s care in the area. The hospital features an emergency care department, ambulatory programs, education centers, a clinic, and research programs.

Orlando VA Medical Center

A 1.2 million square foot facility offering some of the best Veteran care in the country, the Orlando VA Medical Center serves about 400,000 Central Florida Veterans. It was the first VA hospital constructed in the U.S. since 1995.

With so many facilities clustered in one area known as Medical City, more research, innovation, and collaboration are possible. The Lake Nona Medical City is expected to become one of the leading choices for medical research, health care, and life sciences.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Jan. 10, 2018

What to Expect From the New Lake Nona Performance Resort & Spa

Lake Nona Performance Resort & SpaLake Nona has become known for master-planned communities and innovation all across the country. Tavistock Development has been behind the many unique designs and modern amenities offered throughout the area.

One of those innovations coming very soon is called the Lake Nona Performance Resort & Spa. It's expected to provide 250 guest rooms with an additional 80 condos Arquitectonica out of Miami will be designing the resort.

Why is it a Performance Resort?

Since the resort will go into a location very close to the USTA National Campus, the district is being called the Lake Nona Performance District. Since this is the case, the resort will follow suit and will include large guest rooms perfect for stretching and fitness equipment. Even the mattresses will be fitness-designed to help with recovery after training.

The resort is expected to include many additional touches to cater to athletes and those looking for a place to train and recover. It's expected to be a bit of a home-away-from home for those training in the area. In addition, the resort will feature a 24-hour fitness facility, on-site nutritionals and sport-focused TV programming.

Plenty of Fun Awaits

Along with the ability to train and recover, athletes staying at or living at the resort will be able to have plenty of fun. The Lake Nona Performance Resort & Spa is expected to feature a crystal lagoon and a 120,000-square-foot beach volleyball venue. The lagoon will cover about 15 acres and will provide lounge chairs and more. It will allow those staying to enjoy swimming paddle boarding and even sailing.

The Goals of the Resort

The resort will be found within the Tavistock master-planned community and will provide incredible views of the crystal lagoon and Lake Nona. The resort provides three main goals for guests:

  • Performance - It has been designed to provide just what athletes need to perform better and become the best they can. Quick-turn laundry will be available for on demand service, along with a kids' area with healthy activities, a fitness and spa campus and even a 24-hour Technogym-equipped fitness center.
  • Nutrition - To perform at your best, you need to be fueled properly. Customized menus for pre and post workout recommendations will be provided by an on-site nutritionist, along with full food and beverage services including sport drink stations, juice bars and an on-site garden.
  • Recovery - Another key to performance is recovery and the resort will cover this fully. The large mattresses are designed for incredible sleep and all rooms will have blackout shades and circadian lighting features. Even the locker rooms will feature amenities for recovery, such as aromatherapy, a world-class spa and more.

It's all wrapped up into one incredible resort for athletes and others looking to perform at their very best. The resort will even offer a large rooftop lounge for meetings, a huge ballroom for events and several restaurants throughout the campus. More than 100,000 guests are expected to visit the resort yearly once it opens in 2020.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Jan. 10, 2018

New Water Sports Park Coming to Lake Nona Soon

Lake Nona Water ParkAn area of Central Florida that just keeps on expanding, Lake Nona will soon get a new Water Sports Park. This isn't some type of typical water park, but instead, it's an adventure park filled with incredible fun and something the region has yet to truly see.

The park will be called the Nona Adventure Park and will feature a solar-powered watersports cable system, an inflatable aqua park and a 60-foot tall climbing tower. The announcement came in November and the new park is expected to be open by the summer of 2018.

The Solar-Powered Watersports Cable System

The Park will feature the first solar-powered water ski and wakeboard cable system in the entire world. It's called the Rixen cable system and will provide two tracks around the lake. The main track will be a full-size option that runs a total of 2,500 feet and will allow for speed up to 36 miles per hour. It will be able to handle ten riders at once with many wakeboard features for both beginners and advanced riders.

The second track will be a two-tower cable system running just 320 feet long. It will cater to beginner and intermediate riders with a floating dock encircling the lake making it easy for riders to get a back to the starting dock regardless of where they may fall.

The Inflatable Aqua Park

Lake Nona Waterpark MapAnother very cool feature of the Nona Adventure Park will be the Inflatable Aqua Park. This park will be a large-scale, customized, open water Wibit aqua park with interconnected inflatables. IT will provide plenty of obstacles for people to enjoy and for hours of great fun. The park will feature climbing obstacles, trampolines, slides, floating pathways and more.

The design is inspired by LEGO with interlocking units from Wibit allowing for endless paths and all kinds of fun.

The Climbing Tower

In addition to the cable system and the inflatable aqua park, the Climbing Tower offers another great attraction coming to Lake Nona's new water park. This climbing tower will offer a 60-foot KristallTurm climbing system with many different elements. It will include ropes, three 50-foot climbing walls, two 60-foot climbing ropes and more. There will even be a kids' ropes course.

More than Just Fun at a Waterpark

Along with opening to the public throughout the year, the Nona Adventure Park is expected to host competitions, team building events and other special events. Access to the different amenities of the park will be handled on an individual basis through the WakeSys control system. This will allow guests to be given an RFID wristband to give them access to the amenities.

The Nona Adventure Park will be located on Adventure Lake, which is found near Laureate City Park in the Laureate Park neighborhood of Lake Nona. It will be interconnected with the 44 miles of trails and those walking, biking or skating to the water park will be given a discount.

There are all kinds of new things coming to Lake Nona soon, but the Nona Adventure Park may be the most exciting yet.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Jan. 10, 2018

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club Earns Big Award

The Clubhouse at the Lake Nona Golf & Country ClubThe Lake Nona Golf & Country Club is known as one of the best private golf courses not just in Florida, but in the entire world. It has been ranked as one of the top course for many years and again, the Tom Fazio golf course has been recognized at a Platinum Club of the World by Club Leaders Forum.

Along with this specific honor, the club was also recognized as a Distinguished Club by the Boardroom magazine for the third year in a row. To add to the award shelf, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club was also named to the list of Top 100 Platinum Clubs of America and has been on that list for three years in a row.

It's the first time any golf course in Central Florida has been recognized with top honors like this all at the same time.

Innovation Towards an Elevated Experience

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club has become such a fantastic course due to the ability to innovate when necessary and elevate the member and guest experience. Tavistock has invested in renovations to the greens and added a world-class Golf Performance Center over the past few years. In addition the Bath & Racquet Club and the Clubhouse were both refurbished. Many family-friendly events have been added to the schedule and new amenities, such as the Nona Crew House were added to make the club even better.

With the innovations and ability to elevate the experience of both members and guests, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club has become the benchmark for other clubs across the country. The goal has always been to match membership with what members desire and Lake Nona is now being rewarded for doing so.

Platinum Club of the World Status

Being named as a Platinum Club of the World is one of the most prestigious recognitions given in the private club industry. Clubs earning this honor excel in areas where most don't and they go above and beyond for members. The Club Leaders Forum looks at the following to decide which clubs gain this status:

  • Overall Experience
  • Professional services
  • Universal Recognition
  • Adapting to Changing Times
  • Quality of Membership
  • Amenities and Facilities
  • Governance and Management

Distinguished Club from Boardroom Magazine

Being named as a distinguished club by Boardroom Magazine is an honor only 176 total clubs in the world were given. The magazine only gives this honor to clues providing a truly world-class member experience. They use a very extensive evaluation process including factors, such as:

  • Providing a high-level of accommodations
  • Refined Facilities
  • Club Governance Practices
  • Incredible service

Clubs that truly go above and beyond for members earn this designation and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club was once again one of those clubs.

As Tavistock continues to invest in Lake Nona it's likely there will be even more awards and honors for the country club. For now, the country club and rest knowing it has achieved something no other Central Florida country club has achieved. Lake Nona Golf & Country Club continues to impress and move up the list of top country clubs in the entire world.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Jan. 10, 2018

A Quick Look at More than $170 Million in Lake Nona Projects

KPMG Training and Innovation CenterLake Nona is a community in Southeast Orlando with about 13,000 residents. It's growing very fast and Tavistock Development Company is responsible for plenty of the growth. Currently, there are several projects going on in the area and together, they have a value of more than $170 million.

Some of these projects are large, while others are a bit smaller. With plenty of businesses already moving into the area, it's not super surprising that there are so many developments underway.

The KPMG Training and Innovation Center moved to the area, which was a $430 million projects. In addition, Drive Shack, Inc., a New York-Based company will open a location to provide golf entertainment to the area in 2018. Many other companies have moved in or have plans to move into the area, as well.

Amazon.com Fulfillment Center - $132 Million

Amazon Fulfillment Center Lake NonaThe largest of the projects currently underway is the Amazon.com Inc. Fulfillment Center. This facility will cover 2.3 million square feet and it's valued at $132 million. About 1,500 new jobs will come from the center, which will be responsible for picking, packing and shipping small items, such as consumer goods, books and electronics.

The fulfillment center will be found at Jeff Faqua Boulevard and Boggy Creek Road near the Orlando International Airport. Amazon chose the location due to many amenities, the infrastructure and the collaboration it allows with other companies in the area. Tavistock Development Company is even be expanding the Boggy Creek Road to help accommodate the project.

Pixon Apartment Complex - $30.2 million

Pixon Apartments in Medical City Lake NonaThe 11-story Pixon Apartment Complex is the next one of the three projects totaling more than $170 million in Lake Nona. Construction began in September and this is the fourth of the multi-family projects from Tavistock Development Company.

The community features six micro-apartment units with about 360 square feet each with another 201 units ranging from studios to two-bedroom options. All apartments offer high ten-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, in-suite laundry and many other great features.

In addition, Tesla vehicles will be on site for residents to share. The community will be an eco-friendly, neighbor-friendly option for those looking to live in the Lake Nona area.

Along with the car sharing program, residents will enjoy 24-hour concierge service, valet services, a fitness center and many other amenities. Bike storage will be found on site and there will also be a three-story parking garage.

The ground floor of this project will also provide 32,500 square feet of retail space. There will also be a resident lobby and co-living space complete with a kitchen, conference room and virtual arcade.

Balfour Beatty Construction is the general contractor for this project and leasing is expected to start in the summer of 2018.

Lake Nona Creekside Shopping Center - $9 million

Lake Nona CreeksideThe other project included in the current $170 million in projects going on in Lake Nona is the Creekside Shopping Center. This center will provide more shopping to the area, along with a 120-room hotel.

These projects are currently underway in Lake Nona and many more are expected to break ground or receive approval throughout 2018.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Nov. 6, 2017

Headquarters of BBA Aviation Moving to Lake Nona Town Center

BBA Aviation LogoThe Lake Nona Town Center has been selected by BBA Aviation for their new headquarters. The company is known for providing signature flight support and has decided they are a great match for Lake Nona. They believe this best-in-class facility will fit perfectly with the company mission and direction.

The Lake Nona Town Center was developed by Tavistock Development and the new location for BBA Aviation will be constructed by PCL Construction. The ground breaking on the office building is expected to happen any time now and completion is expected in late 2018.

The location is one of the most convenient in the fast-growing Lake Nona Town Center. It will be found at the southwest corner of Lake Nona Boulevard and Veteran's Way. The space will cover about 65,000 square feet and will stand six stories tall. It will be a class-A, multi-tenant office building.

BBA Aviation is very happy about the move and believes it will help boost their business to the next level. They have called the community "state-of-the-art" for both businesses and residents. The company believes Lake Nona offers endless benefits for both the business and their employees. They are thrilled for the future of the company with a new headquarters in a prime Lake Nona location.

The goal of the company is to create an incredible work environment for employs so that they can move their world-class business to the next level. They look forward to becoming a part of the Lake Nona community.

The new headquarters for BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support will be a LEED-designed facility with the best climate control, collaborative spaces, outdoor spaces and ergonomic work stations possible. The design will also maximize the use of natural light. The company is expected to occupy the new space within the first quarter of 2019.

M+A architects, an award-winning architecture firm will be responsible for the interior architecture of the space. Not only will this be a prime location, but it will be a master-designed space in one of the fastest-growing communities in the state of Florida.

The Lake Nona Town Center covers a total of 100 acres an 3.8 million square feet. It's a mixed-used space within the large-scale master-planned community of Lake Nona. Once it has been fully developed, the Lake Nona Town Center will include over 80 specialty retailers, restaurants, anchor stores and junior anchor stores.

To date, the Lake Nona Town Center has successfully leased and opened 75,000 square feet of class-A office space and another 16,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. They have also made a deal with the dual branded Courtyard by Marriott and the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel. In addition, the project includes a multi-level parking structure.

A number of build-to-suit opportunities are still available throughout Lake Nona, such as the Sports & Performance District. Many new businesses are opening or have opened throughout this fast-growing area near the Orlando International Airport. BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support is one of the latest to make the announcement. More company headquarters are expected to relocate to Lake Nona, along with new locations for many businesses opening throughout the area.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Nov. 6, 2017

Lake Nona Getting a New Restaurant & Medical Facility Soon

Pollo Tropical Lake NonaMany new restaurants, medical facilities, shops and other businesses have opened in Lake Nona over the past few years. The openings are certainly not one and recently a new opening was announced for November 6th, 2017.

Pollo Tropical will open at Lake Nona landing very soon and will provide another great choice for dining. This restaurant is a counter-serve chain with Caribbean grilled meats, patters and sandwiches on the menu. The restaurant will open at 9993 Tagor Place.

About Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical started in Miami, Florida with simple citrus-marinated grilled chicken. It has become one of the most popular chain restaurants in Florida since promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle with a fun atmosphere. The restaurant is known for using fresh ingredients and hormone-free chicken to provide a menu full of fresh and healthy items.

The company has expanded very fast with 6 Florida locations, 7 Texas locations, 2 Georgia locations and 2 locations in Nashville in 2015. In addition they opened 10 more locations in Florida, 11 more in Texas, 6 more in Georgia and 2 in the Austin area in 2016. The expansion continues with the new location in Lake Nona. The company is also testing a new double-drive through with a walk-up counter.

For 29 years, Pollo Tropical has been serving excellent chicken and wonderful menu items. They even offer a lite menu with healthy choices under 510 calories per meal.

Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa Coming to the Medical Village

Regenerative Sport Spine & SpaAlong with a new restaurant coming to Lake Nona, a new 30,000 square foot medical facility will be opening in the Medical Village. This facility will house a company called Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa. This will be one of the first companies to open in the Medical Village off Moss Park Road. The grand opening was actually on October 26th, 2017 and included a ribbon cutting, Champagne Toast, tours and much more.

Dr. Cherukupally is responsible for opening this new facility. Along with providing plenty of medical services, the company has its' own line of private label skin care products. The company offers a number of treatments for sports injuries, spine injuries and other types of injuries. They also offer medical spa services, age management and plenty of other services.

Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa integrates regenerative medicine, anti-aging, age management, sports medicine and aesthetic medicine into one practice. This allows for treating the entire person and not just a few specific body parts. Whether a patient has lost energy or has been injured, Dr. Cherukupally has a treatment to help.

Both Pollo Tropical and Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa are open in the Lake Nona area. Whether you're craving some great chicken or you're in need of treatment, you can now use these two new businesses in Lake Nona.

Lake Nona expects many other businesses and restaurants to be opening very soon. Many have already opened and more are expected to be announced before the end of 2017.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Sept. 19, 2017

A Look at Two Popular Lake Nona Neighborhoods

Lake Nona ArchLake Nona is full of great neighborhoods for a variety of different buyers. From apartments to townhomes to single-family homes to luxury custom homes, you'll find a little bit of everything here. Today, let's take a closer look at two of the popular neighborhoods found in Lake Nona: Somerset Park and Laureate Park.

Somerset Park

Somerset Park Lake NonaThis neighborhood is rather new as it opened in the spring of 2015. It's a gated community found in the western area of Lake Nona. Homes are still being built here and a couple of home builders are available to help. The neighborhood also provides plenty of great amenities.

Builders in Somerset Park

Homes in Somerset ParkWhile it's possible to find an existing home for sale in Somerset Park, it’s more likely you'll have one built. Century Homes and M/I Homes are the builders for this community. Both provide something a bit different and some of the finest homes you will find in Lake Nona.

Century Homes offers 12 home designs with plenty of flexibility. The home designs can easily be customized to feature exactly what you want in a beautifully designed home specific for the neighborhood. Homes from Century Homes start around $261K and go up to about $368K. They range from 1,593 to 3,826 square feet.

M/I Homes also offers multiple floor plans and designs with plenty of flexibility in Somerset Park. The homes start around $284K and feature anywhere from 1,758 to 4,068 square feet. These homes tend to be a bit larger and they offer both energy and money savings as 100% Energy Star Certified homes.

Amenities in Somerset Park

Somerset Park provides trails, playgrounds and parks for residents to enjoy. Plenty of green space is found throughout the neighborhood. Residents also enjoy a community pool and cabana, along with other recreational spaces.

Laureate Park

Laureate Park Crescent ParkAnother great neighborhood in Lake Nona, Laureate Park offers townhomes, cottages, bungalows and multi-story house designs. It's a modern community with plenty of technology throughout and a beautiful design.

Builders in Laureate Park

Residents choosing to live in Laureate Park have seven different builders to choose from:

  • Ashton Woods Homes - One of the largest private home building companies in the entire country, Ashton Woods offer s personalized designs with plenty of custom features.
  • Craft Homes - Provides unique designs with a belief in building a better home for you through design and technology.
  • David Weekly Homes - A well-known home building name, David Weekly Homes offer customizable options to ensure you get the home of your dreams.
  • Dream Finders Homes - Offering functional home designed with stylish features.
  • Minto Homes - Since 1955, Minto Homes has been providing incredible home designs throughout the country.
  • Pulte Homes - Responsible for building the four-story townhomes next to the Village Center within the community.
  • Taylor Morrison Homes - This is the builder for the homes in Preserve at Laureate Park, which is a bit more luxurious.

All of the builders provide something unique and plenty to offer for home buyers looking to live in Laureate Park.

Amenities in Laureate Park

Laureate Park Aquatic CenterThe community offers plenty of amenities from the resort-style aquatic center to the dog parks. Enjoy playgrounds, walking/biking/running rails, pocket parks and so much more. There's a community garden and a fitness center within Laureate Park, along with a Lakehouse for events.

Both Somerset Park and Laureate Park offer great choices in Lake Nona.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Sept. 5, 2017

What's Coming to Lake Nona Soon?

shopping and dining in Lake Nona LandingPlenty of new stores, restaurants and developments seem to be popping up throughout Lake Nona. From the new stores at Lake Nona Landing to the possibility of Cricket, there's plenty in store for this area of Central Florida. Here's a quick look at some of the things coming to Lake Nona Soon.

New Stores and Restaurants at Lake Nona Landing

After opening in January with both a Sam's Club and a Walmart Supercenter, Lake Nona Landing has been growing with new stores and restaurants like crazy. There are several new options coming to the area including:

  • Panda Express
  • T-Mobile
  • Pet Smart
  • Jeremiah's Italian Ice
  • Rise Pies Handcrafted Pizza

All of these stores and restaurants have been reported as opening soon by Tavistock.

Lake Nona Town Center Hotel Coming Soon

New Lake Nona Town Center HotelThe plans for a 16-story hotel at the Lake Nona Town Center were recently released. The hotel will feature 215 rooms and will be included in the next phase of the town center. It will be a full-service option with plenty of luxury for business professionals and leisure travelers.

Construction on the hotel is expected to start in early 2018. The hotel will be found in the premier dining, shopping and entertainment district of Lake Nona. It will be designed by Arquitectonica with a sleek exterior, ballroom, rooftop pool and lounge and much more.

Futuristic Shopping Center from Google's Intersection

The Tavistock Group recently announced a partnership with Intersection, a sister company of Google, in creating a Digital Master Plan of the Lake Nona Town Center. This plan will provide many technological features making it easier to optimize the dining and shopping experience for those in the area.

It includes a Wayfinder, which will make finding stores easier and it also includes technology to make parking easier. The two companies will work together for about nine months to create this Digital Master Plan for the town center. It will certainly help to keep Lake Nona on the forefront when it comes to technology.

Cricket Coming to the Lake Nona Sport District

Lake Nona Cricket Field LayoutCricket is currently undergoing an expansion in the United States through the U.S. Cricket League. Orlando was one of the cities chosen by Global Sports Ventures as a potential place for a team. One of the sites on the list is Lake Nona because of the sports district.

Since the sports district has plenty of undeveloped land, it would be easy for Global Sports Ventures to come in and create a Cricket complex. Tavistock has been trying to attract a professionals sport association and has already reeled in the USTA and the Orlando City Soccer Club. Cricket could be the next big sport to hit Lake Nona and it could bring plenty of unique fun with it.

There are plenty of new things coming to Lake Nona soon. Many new stores, restaurants, a new hotel and so much more are coming to this area of Central Florida. Lake Nona is certainly growing and remaining on top of the latest technology in the process.

Posted in Lake Nona News
July 11, 2017

New Multi-Family Development Called Pixon Breaking Ground in Lake Nona

Pixon Apartments Lake NonaPixon is the newest multi-family development in Lake Nona and it's set to break ground very soon. The development comes from Tavistock Development Company and they recently announced construction will begin in September 2017. The development will be located within walking distance of the Lake Nona Town Center at the intersection of Lake Nona Boulevard and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard.

Urban-Inspired Community

Pixon will be an urban-inspired development with a total of 201 units throughout. The modern flat community will provide a number of innovations and conveniences including a Tesla ride share program, Bluetooth door entry, 3D printer and plenty of great amenities throughout the building. A concierge delivery system will be provides, along with 32,500 square feet of retail found on the ground floor. It will also include the first micro-apartments in Orlando.

Building permits still need to be finalized by the City of Orlando before construction can start. Balfour Beatty Construction was chosen as the general contractor for Pixon and as long as the permits are approved, the project will break ground in September. The goal is to open the project in the Winter of 2018 with SPM Property Management handling the pre-leasing of the micro-, one- and two-bedroom units in the Summer of 2018.

Torti Gallas + Partners teamed up with M+A Architects to design the development with forward-thinking aesthetics, incredible amenities and so much more. The development will cover about 4.25 acres of land and will feature the debut of the ride share program from Tesla. There will be several onsite vehicles for residents to use to help encourage eco-friendly transportation. Electric car charging stations and bike storage will also be a part of the design.

The main building will stand 11 stories tall and will be connected to a three-story parking structure through a second-story walkway. Access controls will be found throughout the building with elevators, a 24-hour concierge and valet service, along with 24-hour express maintenance and valet trash pickup. Pixon will also be a pet-friendly building with a grooming and spa area for pets designed into the amenities package.

Other amenities expected as a part of the design include a 24-hour gym with top rated equipment. A game and media center will also be available, along with computers stations, a 3D printer, living room and so much more. Grilling stations, outdoor activities and a relaxation fountain are all expected, as well. The 11th floor will even feature a sky lounge with great views, private outdoor dining and a resident bar.

The Apartments

Pixon Micro Apartments in Lake NonaWithin the building will be 201 total residential units. These will include 6 micro units at about 360 square feet, 42 studies at about 560 square feet, 52 one-bedroom units at about 730 square feet and 101 two-bedroom units at about 1,050 square feet. There will also be one penthouse unit with 1,730 square feet of living space.

Apartments will feature 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows with stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops, washers and dryers, frameless glass showers and more. The Lake Nona fiber network for internet will be available to residents, along with Bluetooth enabled entry door hardware and HD video.

This is a highly anticipated development in Lake Nona and will bring something new and exciting to one of the most innovative areas in all of Florida.

Posted in Lake Nona News