Orlando’s “vertical medical city” is cleared for take-off

The plan of an architect-turned-healthcare-developer to build a $1bn "vertical medical city" in Orlando, Florida, is set to go ahead in the first quarter of 2019 after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decided it would not interfere with a nearby airport.

However, Tabitha Ponte AIA, of Ponte Health Properties LLC, will need to to bring the height of one of three proposed towers down by around 100 feet because the FAA ruled that the tallest could not be more than 444 feet above ground.

Originally, the tallest tower was to have been around 540 feet.

The scheme is being developed in the north of Orlando’s central business district as three towers combining medical facilities, such as urgent care, with assisted living places for the elderly and infirm – seen as a growth market.
It is close to Orlando Executive Airport.

Ponte is also moving forward with a vertical medical city in Chicago, and has announced plans to build others in London and Osaka.

Image: Ponte Health’s rendering of the scheme

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