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The vacated BankUnited building in downtown Orlando has a new owner

The vacated BankUnited building in downtown Orlando has a new owner
A photo of the 4,000sf building at 44 E. Central Blvd. (Manohar Jain)

Property investor Manohar Jain just expanded his holdings in downtown Orlando.

According to a deed filed in Orange County, Tuesday, Jain paid $2 million for a roughly 4,000-square-foot building at 44 E. Central Blvd. that formerly housed a bank.

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Built in 1978, the property was home to several financial institutions before being vacated by BankUnited in December. Around the same time, Jain landed a contract deal to purchase the property, he said. The slanted roof and large picture windows highlight its distinctive architecture.

“It’s a great space in downtown,” Jain told GrowthSpotter. “I really want to see a prime institution with big brand-name recognition take up the space. It doesn’t have to be a bank. I think it can be a great entertainment or showroom space."

The inside of the former BankUnited building at 44 E. Central Blvd.
The inside of the former BankUnited building at 44 E. Central Blvd. (Manohar Jain)

Under the property’s current conditions, Jain wouldn’t be able to lease space to any food vendors.

His portfolio consists of the restaurant and bar Ace Cafe Orlando and the Orlando Sports Center facility along Kingspointe Parkway.

Robert Smith, president and founder of Smith Equities Real Estate Investment Advisors, brokered the most recent deal.

Jain is currently renting out its parking lot, which he said collects about $8,000 a month. So far, he said he’s received some interest to lease the building portion, but hasn’t found the “right fit” yet.

“A high-end tenant will be better. I know it’s expensive to be in [downtown],” Jain said. “I don’t want to have to be changing tenants every three months.”

The property lies a block south from downtown Orlando’s Wall Street Plaza, and next door to the historic One South Orange building, which is being renovated on the ground floor with restaurant and retail space.

Major downtown projects underway in the area include New York-based developer Property Markets Group’s “X Orlando” tri-tower apartment development at 424 N. Orange Ave. and Miami-based MEC Development Associates proposed 41-story mixed-use tower across the street.

The “Zoi House” would have 25 floors of residential use, along with ground-floor retail and boutique office-commercial space.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-5427, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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