Marriott Grande Pines Golf Club Redevelopment on the Horizon

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor Marriott is awaiting Orange County commissioners’ approval to redevelop Marriott Grande Pines Golf Club into a mixed-use property. Apartments, timeshares, hotel rooms and commercial space are included in the plan. Marriott Vacation Club entrusted Jim Hall of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. with representing the group at the rezoning negotiations with [...]

Marriott is awaiting Orange County commissioners’ approval to redevelop Marriott Grande Pines Golf Club into a mixed-use property. Apartments, timeshares, hotel rooms and commercial space are included in the plan.

Marriott Vacation Club entrusted Jim Hall of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. with representing the group at the rezoning negotiations with the county. The plan was introduced on a community meeting in mid-October. The procedure should continue with the Development Review Committee’s approval of the change in land use, with the final step being the public hearing before Orange County Commission.

If the plan goes through, the 207-acre golf course will be enriched by 2,384 apartments, 100 timeshare units, 150 hotel rooms and 120,000 square feet of commercial space. The development would also bring temporary and permanent jobs, tax income to the county and increased revenue to the neighborhood. The property, wedged between Westwood Boulevard and International Drive is adjacent SeaWorld Orlando and in close proximity to Universal Orlando Resort and Disney World.

Hall told the Orlando Business Journal that 20 acres of the plot has never been developed, but it’s unclear whether Marriott wishes to exploit it now or reserve it for a future design. Earlier in October the same source reported that Integra Land Co. also plans to break ground in December on a $40 million apartment project at close quarters, virtually on the same block. The 338-unit residential complex will be built at the western tail of Central Florida Parkway and it is also expected to bring a couple-hundred construction jobs to the area. Construction of the latter is declared to be ready in mid-2015.

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