Mill Creek submits design for its latest Modera tower in downtown Orlando – GrowthSpotter

Mill Creek Residential Trust turned to SK+I Architecture to design its fourth Modera-branded tower in downtown Orlando, south of Lake Eola.

The Bethesda, Maryland-based firm specializes in urban mixed-use developments and designed the firm’s Modera Central tower across the street in 2016.

The 25-story Modera South Eola would rise on a 2.1-acre site that had already been approved for a third office tower for the Highwoods Properties Capital Plaza Complex on Pine Street at Rosalind Avenue. Highwoods jointly submitted plans for a 100,000 square foot office building called The Commons. Both seek approval of the master plan and request a courtesy review by the town’s Appearance Review Committee.

The project has been revised since GrowthSpotter first announced concept plans in May. Initially the tower was planned to be 22 stories – now it is 25 with an eight story parking garage bordered on three sides by residential homes and topped by a 17 story “L” shaped residential tower. The development team also added a live work element on the ground floor between the lobby and the retail section, which now faces E. Pine Street. The construction height of the Modera South Eola Tower would be approximately 262 feet tall.

A pedestrian promenade, called the way, would separate the two buildings. The residential building would have 400 units and approximately 6,369 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

Under the new masterplan, the office building features potential 6,000 square feet of restaurant space also overlooking Pine, but the majority of the first floor and upper two floors would be dedicated to new offices. The second and third floors of the office building feature spacious balconies along the north, west and south elevations with transparent railings and wood-look metal cladding applied to the ceiling.

The form of the proposed office building has been slightly modified to protect two existing trees on Rosalind Avenue and Church Street.

Instead of expanding the existing Capital Plaza parking garage as outlined in the original concept, a new garage podium would be built to accommodate 400 dedicated apartment tower spaces. The site plan of the engineering firm Atwell shows a 15 foot separation between the two structures. An amenity deck with a swimming pool would be constructed on the roof of the new parking structure, along with approximately 4,000 square feet of interior amenity space. A second 4,116 square foot amenity space is displayed on the 25th floor, where it is expected to have a view of Lake Eola.

The existing Capital Plaza garage, consisting of 1,531 parking spaces, would provide 210 parking spaces for the new Commons office building.

The Highwoods-Mill Creek joint venture turned to RVi development+Landscape architecture to create the streetscape, which includes a contrasting design with gray and beige cobblestones, stylish lighting and outdoor furniture, and a mix of new and existing street trees. The office building was even designed with a recess in the northwest corner and a slight curve to the southwest corner to accommodate two existing trees on S. Rosaland Avenue.

The Modera Lobby is said to be on the corner of Church Street and the Via, and the first Pleasure Deck is shown on the 9th and 10th floors above.

Estimated construction costs for the project are $20 million for the office building and $98 million for the tower, with construction beginning in September 2023 on the tower. The start date of the office building is to be determined

Mill Creek has completed more than 42,000 apartments since 2011, making it the third largest multi-family developer in the nation. This would be Mill Creek’s fourth Modera-branded project in Orlando. The Boca Raton developer entered the Orlando market in 2015 with the Modera Central, a 22-story mixed-use tower located at 125 E. Pine Street, directly across from this site. The trust sold the 350 unit tower end of December for $137.25 million.

The City Appearance Review Commission will then meet on December 15, 2022. The master plan is scheduled for the Municipal Planning Commission meeting on December 20.

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