Bulldozers pushed dirt last week at the site of the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood, while a national search started for an executive director to run it.
That activity clearly signals a big push to erect as quickly as possible the six-story, 197,892-square-foot medical center and the adjoining seven-story, 144,614-square-foot Brownwood Hotel & Spa along the Brownwood Boulevard extension just west of Powell Road.
Planned as a complement to the medical center, the adjoining 150-room hotel will feature a medical spa and a Wolfgang Puck-licensed restaurant.
Primary joint venture partners The Villages Developer, The Villages Health and Anchor Health Properties, of Charlottesville, Virginia, a national health care real estate company, envision the creation of a multispecialty medical center, a bedless hospital of sorts, that offers everything but an intensive care unit and an emergency department on the 32-acre campus.
The partnership also includes a number of quality health care providers already serving The Villages, including Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute and Lake Medical Imaging.
When the new center opens in about two years, patients will discover under one roof a range of medical services from cardiology to rheumatology, neurology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery and much more, Dr. Jeffrey Lowenkron, The Villages Health’s chief medical officer, told the Daily Sun.
Also: Development activity quickened last week not only at the medical center and hotel project, but also at two other Brownwood projects. Workers began advanced site work at the 52,177-square-foot Shooters World retail firearms and gun range construction site, at Powell Road and County Road 44A. And painting and trim work started at the 35,000-square-foot Estabrook Executive Building, just west of Paddock Square.
Also: The Developer revealed new details about the Village of Southern Oaks last week during the Wildwood City Commission meeting. Commissioners unanimously voted to amend the previously approved Chapter 163 development agreement with The Villages to permit construction of up to 17,000 age-restricted, golf cart-accessible homes on roughly 8,000 acres within Southern Oaks. The amendment covers the following areas: the Village of DeSoto, adjacent to the Village of Fenney; the Village of McClure, to the southwest of county roads 468 and 501; the Village of Linden, to the southeast of 468 and 501; the Village of Marsh Bend, to the northwest of CR 468 and Florida’s Turnpike; the acreage at the southwest area of CR 468 and south of State Road 44; the acreage at the southeast section of 468 and SR 44 to the turnpike and the Lake-Sumter county line; and the acreage that extends south of SR 44 from Brownwood parallel to the turnpike, along the southwest bank of Lake Okahumpka to CR 468. Along with the residential entitlements, the Chapter 163 amendment permits up to 1 million square feet of nonresidential uses such as commercial, retail and recreational.
Also: The Wildwood commission approved final plats within two sections of Southern Oaks. The activity permits the Developer to proceed with building 84 single-family detached units on 41.34 acres with the Unit 16 subdivision, a new neighborhood north of Fenney Way and east of Tupelo Terrace; and 104 single-family detached units on 59.25 acres within Unit 15, a new neighborhood southwest of the as-yet unopened Corbin Trail at CR 501.
Also: All of this development activity comes as The Villages remains one of the best places to buy a home, according to the new December home price index published by Irvine, California-based CoreLogic, one of the nation’s leading real estate data and analytics firms. The company’s February report shows The Villages metropolitan statistical area still remains the only MSA in Florida that is neither overvalued nor undervalued as of December.
David R. Corder is a senior writer with The Villages Daily Sun. He can be reached at 352-753-1119, ext. 5241, or firstname.lastname@example.org.