City staff confirmed that they have revoked the amended conditional use permit for the Blue Cross clinic that is under construction at the Lakeside Development on 17-92, which also houses Trader Joe’s.
To grant the permit, on March 4, the Planning and Zoning Board relied on promises by Unicorp National Developments, Inc., that they had secured auxillary parking at the site of the Sweet Motel at 271 S. Orlando Avenue, below, which they planned to raze and turn into a parking lot. Unicorp has failed to close on the deal, and the sale will not proceed.
The failure of the deal leaves Unicorp short 21 parking places in an unfinished development where parking is already a nightmare. Where Unicorp will come up with the additional 21 spaces is unknown. A Unicorp spokesman was not available for comment.
Chuck Whittall to March 4 P&Z:
“What we’re doing here will be a huge enhancement to the area.”
Clarissa Howard, Winter Park Director of Communications, said the city will allow the developer to complete exterior construction on the clinic so the structure can be closed and protected from the elements. No interior work can proceed, however, until Unicorp comes up with the required 21 parking places.