By Ken Storey
While much of the focus on new construction has been on the downtown district and the theme parks there are plenty of other areas around Orlando where new construction is happening. Much of this construction is in-fill projects that many will never see, never realize it’s even there, but slowly but surely these projects combined help add more density to the region. Some of this local growth is in the fast growing field of assisted living. As boomers age the nation, and especially Florida, grow the number of options available to them.
One such important project is the expansion of Delaney Park Health Center. This assisted living center on the northwestern edge of Delaney Park, near downtown, is undergoing a major expansion that will take the small single story center transforming it into a massive new nursing home. In the process it will fill in an empty lot to the west of the existing building. The new addition will more than double the size of the center; now at 20,092 sq ft while the addition will add another 20,648 sq ft. The new addition will be two-levels with the actual building being mostly on the second floor above a hidden, interior ground level parking area, this area will be equipped with a pay and display parking system which will save everyone lots of time.
Altogether the new addition will add 89-beds to the nursing home.
The new onsite parking will help address the parking issue that has plagued the neighborhood for some time now. The center now has 27 spaces, with the new addition that number will increase to 57. The plans call for all employees to use the on-site parking freeing up on-street parking that has to this point been one of the few options for nearby parking. The construction of the expansion will also include 15 new on-street spaces along Annie Street and Bradshow Terrace, those sites will not be able to be reserved for the nursing home opening them up to the community around the nursing home.
With the recent approval of the plans from the City Council permits are now able to be pulled and construction is expected to begin by end of the year. The construction altogether should take a bit longer than typical construction project due to the medical demands of the project.