Hotel Development, New SunRail Platform Proposed for Church Street Station

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Rendering of proposed Hyatt Place Hotel development for Church Street Station in downtown Orlando.

Another new hotel development has been proposed for downtown Orlando, this time with developers focusing on Church Street Station. The planned redevelopment would also include a new SunRail train platform, which would relocate the brand-new southbound platform that was just built across the street. This would make the project the first transit-oriented hotel in the city.

The proposed Hyatt Place hotel development was already reviewed by the City of Orlando Appearance Review Board (ARB) on August 21st. The ARB conducted a “Courtesy Review for new construction of a 205 room hotel with integrated parking garage.”

City staff recommended approval of the project with some conditions in this initial phase of the process. Now, the Florida Department of Transportation is also reviewing the plans because of the proposed new SunRail platform and integrated transportation options. According to the City of Orlando ARB report, the developer is still negotiating with FDOT about the relocation of the SunRail station.

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Rendering of proposed Hyatt Place Hotel development for Church Street Station in downtown Orlando.

The new 13-story, 205-room Hyatt Place Hotel proposal calls for a 461-space parking garage as well as 4,312 square feet of conference space. Investors are clearly hoping to have a future direct connect to the Orlando airport, if SunRail expands and the airport expansion happens.

TSLF Church Street Development LLC, a subsidiary of out-of-town owner Tremont Realty Capital Group (TRC), owns and manages the Church Street Station site planned for redevelopment. TRC owns between South Street and Church Street, between the railroad tracks and Garland Avenue. According to the project overview, “the Hyatt Place site is bounded on the north by the Church Street Station Ballroom, on the east by the CSX railroad and SunRail tracks, on the south by South Street and on the west by S Garland Avenue and Interstate 4.”

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