Dimmit II project to help Winter Park’s workforce housing woes with majority of apartments to be for resort workers
Details have begun to emerge for Winter Park’s Dimmit II affordable housing project.
Chris Jahn, architect with Davis Urban Architects, which is designing the property, made a presentation on the project to the town council at its regular meeting Tuesday morning, promising an attractive workforce housing option meant to entice seasonal workers to become year-long assets in the community.
The proposed structure will be located in downtown Winter Park along Lions Gate Drive and behind Fontenot’s Seafood & Grill. There will be an “L” shaped, four-story building featuring 27 units and 104 bedrooms. Most of the units will be four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, according to John Crone, housing director for Winter Park.
The apartments will be multi-leveled, either featuring a living area on the bottom floor and bedrooms on top, or vice versa. Jahn noted that the multi-level design was integral in creating more density in the building, while also avoiding “The Shining” experience of long, empty hallways.
The apartments will also feature balconies, storage units and covered walkways on the outside. The building will be coated in brown, Corten metal panels, and exposed cement.
The apartments are meant to address affordable and workforce housing concerns in the town. At least a chunk, if not all 27 units, will be master leased to Winter Park Resort for workforce housing. The master lease will also help to address parking concerns at the structure, as currently there are only 16 to 18 parking spaces in the plans.
The town expects to break ground on the project in June, and hopes to have it occupied by August 2019. There is currently no cost projection for the project.
Board reviews code update
The town later adopted a set of 2015 international codes upon second reading Tuesday.
The new codes include updated editions for building, plumbing, energy conservation and more. The town also adopted the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code.
The town also amended the town code concerning connections to town roadways, which essentially prohibits new or modified connections to any town owned right-of-way or trail without the town’s consent.
Finally, the town voted to approve the appointment of a Code Board of Appeals, a board that will interpret the 2015 International Codes, and determine the suitability of alternate materials and methods of construction. The board will be comprised of five individuals, with one rotating out every year.
Troy Neiberger, Joe Gould, Craig Kobe, Jonathan Larsen and Steve Jensen are the first appointed to the board.
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