One of the developers who bought a down-trodden apartment complex in downtown Winter Garden with some friends and turned it into the Plant Street Market, home to Crooked Can Brewery and a number of other artisan shops this year, has another project on the boards at City Hall.
Jared Czachorowski has submitted plans to build a 20,000-square-foot mixed use development at 360 W. Plant St., between Winter Garden's City Hall and the Plant Street Market.
Czachorowski said the lower floor would house as many as two restaurants while the upper floors would add needed office space to downtown Winter Garden.
"There are no vacancies in downtown Winter Garden for office space and there is a lot of demand for office space with restaurant on the ground floor," Czachorowski said.
A couple of the same investors involved in the Plant Street Market redevelopment are involved in the new project as well.
While renderings of the building are white, Czachorowski said the plan is to build it out of red brick. The building is designed to resemble an old-fashioned fire station with bays on the bottom for trucks.
"The idea is to work with the city and continue to develop nice traditional buildings on the historic nature of this traditional downtown. It is going to look like it's 100 years old."
Czachorowski is a part-time developer. He works fulltime at Universal Studios where he has experience with theme park development.
A general contractor for the project has not been chosen yet and Czachorowski said he is in the process of evaluating bids. The plan is to get started on construction in about two months and be completed in about a year, he said.
Building permits and site plan approval go before City Commission later this month, according to Winter Garden officials.
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