On April 26, Winter Park Commissioners approved plans submitted by Rollins College to build a new art museum and to expand the Crummer Graduate School of Business.
The new 32,791 SF Rollins Museum of Art will be located at 200 E. New England Avenue [GMap] and the new 47,138 SF graduate school will be located at 203 E. Lyman Avenue [GMap]. The two projects are part of a larger “Innovation Triangle” that will transform an entire block near the private school’s Alfond Inn.
The museum currently has 6,000 pieces in its collection and oversees what is on display at Alfond Inn as well. Their current building on the college campus restricts their exhibitions to under 200 pieces so the shift to a larger space, almost there times the size of the current one, has been a long time coming.
We first wrote about the new museum space HERE in July 2021.
A nearby condo development that filed a lawsuit against the Alfond Inn for having noisy air-conditioning units has raised concerns again about units the new buildings could employ once finished. City Commissioners have required Rollins to consult an acoustic engineer to help control the potential noise.
Alfond Inn has been hard at work expanding its guestrooms from 71 to 183, along with a new spa, fitness area, second swimming pool, and an outdoor living room area available for private events. The expansion is expected to open this August.
A construction timeline for the projects is not public at this time.