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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 1 year ago

Winter Park City Commission meeting set for Feb. 12, 2018

Winter Park may give the final green light for an expansion of the Mayflower Retirement Community.
by: Tim Freed Associate Editor

Winter Park City Commissioners will consider giving final approval for an expansion of the Mayflower Retirement Community – as well as designating two Winter Park sites to the city’s historic registry.

Plans are underway for the Mayflower to purchase an eight-acre piece of property nearby at 2141 Oakhurst Ave. On the combined existing and future property of 15.5 acres, the Mayflower plans to build a 58,117-square-foot, three-story health care (skilled nursing) building; a 20,672-square-foot, one-story memory care building; a 9,000-square-foot one-story clubhouse; and 40 new villa units.

Mayflower Retirement Community President and CEO Steve Kramer said the new skilled nursing facility will have more of a “household” model of care that’s more home-like with private rooms, as opposed to the existing building which has long hallways and semi-private rooms.

“It’s an outdated mode of care that we have,” Kramer said. “As great as it is and as proud of it as we are, the needs have changed of people who are seeking skilled nursing.”

A significant portion of the project would feature renovations to the existing buildings as well, including adding additional contemporary dining venues; a performance center; educational and activity space; and new wellness/spa/fitness facilities. 

There also are plans to incorporate updated, larger apartments in the current living areas.

The Mayflower Retirement Community last expanded its facilities in the 1990s, adding the 28 single-family homes and assisted-living spaces it has today.


History in the Making

Winter Park may also see two new additions to the city’s list of historic properties.

The family cemetery at 2500 Modac Trail and the home at 654 W. Lyman Ave.

“The single story Frame Vernacular residential building at 654 W. Lyman Ave. is a contributing historic building in the Hannibal Square Neighborhood was built around 1925 and represents one of the few remaining original homes on the west side of Winter Park,” the agenda item reads.

Tim Freed is an Associate Editor with the Winter Park/Maitland Observer. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

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