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Downtown mixed-use tower back on track with new master plan filing

The 1-acre downtown site was previously approved for this 475-foot mixed-use skyscraper. Now the property owner is seeking a revised plan for a slightly smaller, 39-story tower. (animation by Baker Barrios)

The owner of a 1-acre site next to the Orange County Courthouse is moving forward with plans for a mixed-use skyscraper after the first developer dropped out.

The Weintraub Companies owns the land directly across from the Bank of America Financial Center. It was approved in late 2018 for a 41-story mixed-use tower called “Zoi House" that would have been the tallest building in Orlando. The project was one of three skyscrapers in the pipeline for downtown, along with the Vertical Medical City and Church Street Station Phase 2.

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The previous developer, Miami-based MEC Development Associates, is no longer involved in the project at the corner of N. Orange Avenue and E. Livingston Street, which is now going by the name “389 North."

Find out who's behind plans for a 41-story mixed-use tower in the downtown core and details behind the design of commercial and residential spaces.

Wayne Dunkleberger, creative director for Baker Barrios and lead architect for Zoi House submitted a revised Specific Parcel Master Plan for the property Monday on behalf of Weintraub – just in time to get the project on the Municipal Planning Board agenda for June.

The new development program calls for a 39-story tower with 25 fewer apartments and some 42,000 square feet less of office/commercial space. The application indicates the tower would have 10,000-square feet of retail space, 88,000 square feet of office space and 300 residential units atop a parking garage that can accommodate 539 vehicles.

The  site is currently home to Fratelli’s Restaurant/Parallel night club and the former Acquittal Cafe.

The developer had planned a splashy celebration to mark the start of construction for downtown Orlando's largest residential project to date.

The previously approved master plan was active for two years, and could have been extended because of the cornonavirus state of emergency. Representatives of The Weintraub Companies were not immediately available to comment.

At the same intersection, Property Markets Group and Raven Capital Management broke ground in March on the Society Orlando mixed-use tri-tower, the city’s largest multifamily residential project to date. The first two towers of the 1.5M+-square-foot development are slated for completion in Q4 2022 and will include 464 rental apartments and approximately 70,000 square feet of commercial space.

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