Project: Holy Land Experience
Holy Land Theme Park Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
An impressive site visible from I-4 in Orlando, Florida, the Holy Land Experience opened in 2001. Located at 4615 and 4655 Vineland Road, the +/- 14.21 acre site is comprised of two parcels and was developed as a Christian-based theme park recreating the City of Jerusalem in the 1st Century. As such, the site featured multiple buildings, an amphitheater, surface parking, and ancillary facilities for operations and maintenance. The park closed in 2020 due to COVID and was eventually listed for sale on the commercial real estate market.
In anticipation of acquiring the former Holy Land property, AdventHealth began their due diligence process and in 2021 engaged American Environmental Consulting to conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) of the entire site. AEC’s scope involved all appropriate inquiry including, but not limited to, a site reconnaissance, owner and user interviews, examination of historical aerial photographs, and records review.
AdventHealth purchased the property in mid-2021 and in early 2022 received approval from the City of Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board to proceed with a proposal to build a medical office building and hospital on the site. The project, which is being called AdventHealth Millenia, will be built in phases. According to the redevelopment plans, not all Holy Land buildings will be demolished. A large, three-story auditorium at the site and a 26,000 square foot building will remain intact for future use.