Developer Joshua Wallack filed plan revisions on Thursday with Orange County to add two more floors, or 200 new spaces, to his planned Hollywood Plaza Parking Garage on N. International Drive, a choice prompted by the strong turnout to his neighboring Mango's Tropical Cafe Orlando after six weeks of operations.
Wallack and civil engineers at Burkett Engineering filed a revised Land Use Plan for the garage that proposes to increase its square footage by 73,498, to a total 300,000 square feet.
The new space will come in 200 additional parking spaces, taking the number of spaces from 600 to 800, the number of parking-focused floors from six to eight, and the building's overall height from eight stories to 10, with the top floor nearly double the height of others due to a planned restaurant's elevated ceiling.
"After six weeks of operating (Mango's) we're seeing the actual turnout, it's no longer hypothetical. We're seeing the smiles on the faces of people at Mango's and the show is getting better every night," Wallack told GrowthSpotter on Friday. "We know what a high-end restaurant will really need in terms of parking as well as the retailers planned (for the garage's ground floor) and what Mango's will need. We'll never be able to add floors in the future, so this is our last chance to make a change like this to the plan, and the impact is negligible for our schedule."
The building's ground-floor retail area will remain at 9,500 square feet, and the rooftop restaurant will still occupy 10,500 square feet.
The change to Wallack's LUP for the parking garage will now have to go back through review by Orange County planning staff, be scheduled for Development Review Committee possibly in March, and then be approved by county commissioners.
Wallack will then have to also update his Development Plan for the garage. The timeline for moving through all these stages of approval depends on how complete the plans are, and how responsive Wallack's team is to comments by planning staff.
Wallack declined to confirm a new total budget projection for the parking garage, but said the two new floors will cost an additional $2.25 million.
Wallack said his construction loan financing for the garage project is lined up, but declined to name the lender he's working with at this time. The value of that loan will be changing, based on the new floors being added.
The planned rooftop restaurant will feature a veranda on the eastern side facing International Drive, but the dining room will orient to the west, which will have floor-to-ceiling windows to give a view of the evening sunset and fireworks from Disney's Epcot and Magic Kingdom.