Florida Hospital, Orlando, has acquired more than 100 acres near an emerging medical and research park in southeastern Orlando. Jacqueline Lorenzetti, a spokeswoman for the 1,834-bed hospital, declined an interview request, but Florida Hospital said in a written statement the Lake Nona area is one of the major epicenters for medicine and science as Orlando continues on its journey to become a medical destination.
The land includes 90 acres suitable for construction and another 27 acres of wetlands, which will be conserved, said Orange County Commissioner Linda Stewart, whose district includes the property. The commissioners voted unanimously to change the propertys land use from residential to industrial to allow for development, Stewart said. Florida Hospital officials did not unveil specific development plans when discussing the property acquisition, she said, but we know that its going to be research, life science, hospital, healthcare of some type. -- by Melanie Evans