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Orlando Health is moving to develop a new mixed use project at their Lucerne Hospital property, Columbia Park Medical Center. The redevelopment is being called the Lucerne Promenade.

The redevelopment as a mixed-used site would include a 200-room hotel, five residential buildings, 80,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, 60,000 sq. ft. of office space, and two partially sub-grade parking garages.


This area of Lake Lucerne, North of W. Gore St, between Lucerne Terr. and S. Orange Ave, is currently designated for high intensity office use. Orlando Health’s developers, GDC Properties, are requesting that the City amend the Lucerne Hospital PD for a two-phase, multi-building mixed-use project that would replace the Columbia Park Medical Center. The Lucerne Hospital property, almost 11 acres across three blocks, currently consists of three medical and office buildings, and a surface parking lot.


Project Phasing

Lucerne Promenade Phasing

Phase one includes development of 252 residential units, most of the project’s office and commercial space in buildings along Gore and Orange, a five-story parking garage, and a ten-story hotel at Lucerne Circle. The Lucerne Promenade will begin development in this phase with a fountain and 30,000 sq. ft. of the 55,000 sq. ft. central walkway through the development.

Phase two adds 400 residential units overlooking a second, larger fountain, another five-story parking garage, the final 1,000 sq. ft. of office space, and the completion of the Promenade.

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This project is set for review by the Municipal Planning Board tomorrow, and if approved (subject to the conditions in the staff reports) will be in front of City Council January 26, 2015.

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  1. RyanHanson  We saw those plans too. The developer submitted to the city and then pulled them. The developer told the media that they would be changing the plans and asked us not to run incorrect plans. We agreed. We don’t see the value in putting plans out that we know won’t happen.

  2. Have the plans for this development been altered? I remember seeing in an Orlando Business Journal article that is was stated to have a 21-story residential tower, however based on illustrations appears to be only mid-rises.

  3. More high density development? Yes!!! Those who protest “high-density” with yard signs in Orlando have a stark reality to face up to. Orlando and the surrounding metro area continues to grow rapidly in population. Where are all of those people supposed to live? Those that stand in the way of progress and inevitable growth look out of touch with reality and naive. What? You thought that your little piece of Orlando (whether College, Winter, or Delaney Park) would forever be the same? Foolish.

  4. HIgh density? Yes!!! Orlando will only benefit from more high density development all along the I-4/ Sunrail corridor. I hope this project improves the building facades though…currently hideous.

  5. If that space does not become used for residences, it will become used for something else that will increase traffic. I prefer retail over shrubbery nothingness. See, that’s the thing that hinders Orlandoans from truly growing: deathly fear of traffic increases.

    Also, glad to see more South Downtown development! The thing that kept me from considering living at Sodo Lofts was how gross the surrounding areas were.

  6. If they’re planning to have some sort of retail having steps up to it is usually a bad plan. I wish they would add some width so they could fit in on street parking.

  7. If you’re worried about traffic on Orange Ave you should be more worried about the fact that they’re adding lanes to I-4. Those cars have to get off the highway somewhere. This also gives more people who live far away the opportunity to move closer to work. If you have a certain number of jobs (at the hospital or downtown) people are going to get to them one way or another. They can gum up highways half way to Tampa AND downtown or they can just gum up downtown (where they at least have the option to walk bike or take public transit).

  8. If we stop projects downtown because we are worried about traffic we will never have a viable transit system.

  9. 600 to 1200 people all leaving or going to the same small area at rush hour won’t increase traffic? How so?

  10. This is right by my work, so I’m pretty excited about this project.  Eager to see how the pedestrian street functions.  Also, a second urban grocery store for our downtown is a pretty big deal.

  11. Thanks but how on earth do they think Orange Ave can handle the cars generated by 600+ residential units plus the increased commercial traffic?

  12. Donna, we have updated the story to include a graphic of the traffic circulation through Lucerne Promenade. The project also proposes a Lymmo stop, in addition to an existing Lynx stop, near the site. Bicycle facilities will be included in the redevelopment. City staff have identified that the S. Lucerne Cir and Orange Av intersection will need to be reconfigured, and Kuhl Ave. converted to a two-way street between Gore St and S. Lucerne Cir.