Just weeks after appointing the executive chef in charge of curating the Packing District food hall, the developer is pushing ahead with plans for the district’s first new office building and commercial parking lot which will open at the same time.
Dr. Phillips Charities has filed a master plan with the City of Orlando for the first phase of development in the southeast quadrant of the 212-acre mixed-use neighborhood. The plan calls for a four-story, 43,000 square foot office building and parking for 305 vehicles. CEO Ken Robinson said GrowthSpotter the company is already in talks with potential tenants.
“Each floor will be approximately 10,000 square feet, and one thing we can announce is that we will dedicate an entire floor to nonprofits,” Robinson said, noting that rents for those tenants will be below market rate. . “We want it to be an incubation space.”
Hunton Brady Architects designed the building, which will be immediately north of the food hall complex and will be visible from Orange Blossom Trail. The building mixes traditional red brick and metal on three sides, a nod to the district’s industrial past, with a glass wall that will face the courtyard and the future hotel to the north. The wall will feature electrochromic glass, which can lighten or darken depending on the seasonal position of the sun, time of day or weather conditions.
“You almost create an art element in the glass itself,” Robinson said. “It will have different impacts depending on whether it’s day or night, or whether it can be backlit.”
A monumental tower at the building’s northwest corner will be a perfect canvas to display the anchor tenant’s naming rights, Robinson added.
Dr. Phillips Charities announced on April 1 that New York chef Akhtar Nawab and his Hospitality HQ group would operate the 17,300 square foot venue to 11 vendors. The project is an adaptive reuse of the 1930s Great Southern Box Company building at 2105 N. Orange Blossom Trail. Work is expected to begin in August.
The car park, designed by finfrockwill be located in the northeast corner of the property next to the train tracks, where it can serve as an aural and visual buffer for the planned office building and future hotel at the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and Princeton Street .
“We feel like aesthetically it works really well there,” Robinson said.
Dr. Phillips will not be involved in the construction or operation of the hotel. The developer is in talks with hotel companies and will likely sell that plot or do a ground lease, Robinson said. The southeast quadrant will also have a 4,000 square foot restaurant and bar and a 3,600 square foot micro-brewery.
Initially, the developer applied for a temporary permit from the city to build gravel parking lots for the food hall. But the pandemic delayed that project by nearly two years, putting it on roughly the same construction schedule as the office building. “The timing of the office building coming online at the same time as the food hall dictated that we go ahead and build the parking structure,” Robinson said, noting that all three would open. probably in September or October 2023.
Vertical construction of a new 27,512 square foot Publix will begin this summer on the site of Dr. Phillips’ original packing plant at the northeast corner of Princeton and Orange Blossom Trail. And in the southwest quadrant, several buildings were razed to make way for the first of three new apartment communities in the neighborhood.
Based in Texas Embrey Partners will add 350 units as part of the second phase of its Cannery multi-family community. Just south of this third-wave development will build the 293-unit “Northside Yards” community. Both projects will consist of five-storey mid-rise urban apartments with structured parking. The owners of the Princeton Commerce Center have also filed plans for new mixed-use residential buildings on their 10-acre site with rights for up to 600 homes and 20,000 square feet of office and retail space.