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Alliance Residential Company held a community meeting March 31 to update residents on changes to the design of Broadstone Lake House, a proposed 10-story apartment project in Ivanhoe Village. Approximately 60 residents filled the Marks Street Senior Center armed with questions for the developer.
The College Park Paper spoke with John Zeledon, managing director of Alliance Residential, before the meeting began. Zeledon said that Alliance is a privately held company that operates like franchises throughout the United States. He and his partner have the Central and North Florida territory.
Zeledon has lived and worked in Winter Park for 15 years. Zeledon selected Ivanhoe Village because of the “visibility of the site and the vibe of Ivanhoe.” He added that the location — the Baldwin-Fairfield chapel property — is zoned MU-2, which essentially means high density.
Zeledon and Greg Bryla, a landscape architect with Dix.Hite + Partners Inc. and a resident of Ivanhoe Village, lead the meeting.
One of the larger criticisms about the project from residents — besides the increase in traffic — was that the building was unwelcoming to people outside of residents of Lake House.
To address this concern, the building was redesigned to include a first-floor café on the southwestern corner of the project — the corner closest to Orange Avenue. The café is approximately 2,500 square feet, with glass doors that could open when Central Florida weather allows.
Zeledon shared that the redesign lowers the proposed project by one story, which means Alliance will no longer be seeking a bonus credit from the city for height. The project loses about 20 units, reducing the total to about 260 apartments.
Alliance will still be seeking a density bonus.
Throughout the presentation, Zeledon repeated the phrase, “We have taken steps and listened to you.”
Another change to Lake House was the outside design. (Some critics said the building looked like a dorm.) Bryla explained the addition of new artistic elements. For example, the redesign includes a cement product that can produce photo etching of iconic images — such as the Baldwin-Fairfield chapel. These would be displayed on the first floor of the project.
The architects also included other textures and colors to better represent the vibe of Ivanhoe Village.
The College Park Paper requested but has not received updated Lake House renderings from Alliance.
When the floor was opened to questions, traffic was the main concern. Residents complimented Alliance on the steps they took to redesign the building but still felt traffic would be an issue.
Alliance’s traffic study found the Lake House development would generate approximately 900 trips inward and 900 trips outward daily. This amount of traffic was deemed acceptable to the city of Orlando.
Some residents pointed out that The Yard, another mixed-use project already under construction in Ivanhoe, is going to add another huge amount of traffic to an area that is already congested.
Alliance submitted the redesign to the city, and the Orlando Municipal Planning Board approved the project on April 18.
The project will go before Orlando City Council for final approval this month.