The South Florida Water Management District has just issued a permit for a new tower and other additions to the Best Western located near Disney Springs. The Reedy Creek Improvement District submitted applications for the project, titled “Black Lake Hotel,” in mid-August.
While the existing tower on the property would remain, a 14-story tower would be added along with another low-rise building, a new pool area, and additional parking. The total area for the project is 9.49 acres.
Documents included with the initial application detailed arrangement of the new structures:
The main construction elements will include a new high-rise tower to the north of the existing tower, a low-rise building to the south, a new pool and deck area to the west plus new at-grade pavements and stormwater management facilities…The new high-rise tower will generally be rectangular in shape with maximum plan dimensions on the order of 180 feet by 120 feet. A small portion of it will encroach into the wetland to the west. However, most of it will be located in what is presently surface parking. It will be 14 stories tall tying into the north side of the existing hotel tower where elevator banks will be constructed…The building to the south will be relatively lightly loaded with maximum column and wall loads unknown to us at this time. It too will have a ground supported first floor slab with no basement. The pool and deck will also be finished at grades that are relatively close to existing and several feet above that of the westerly wetland area. Pavement areas will include surface parking as well as access driveways and service roads. The driveway and service roads will receive fairly frequent bus traffic as well as goods/delivery vehicles.
The permit stipulates that construction must be completed by September 27th, 2023. The improvements are being undertaken by new owners, the Drury Development Corporation; Drury owns and operates hotels throughout a large portion of the country.
Source/Images: South Florida Water Management District