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United Capital plans rooftop bar for downtown Marriott hotel reno

These images from other rooftop bars were cited as inspiration by the architect for the Orlando Marriott's own plans. Noted here are the stone paver flooring, wood slat bar front and concrete tops. A small loveseat sectional furniture invites small social groups along the glass railing to admire city views and atmosphere, the architect wrote.

New York-based United Capital Corp. is planning to add a rooftop bar to the Downtown Orlando hotel near Creative Village it's renovating to reopen as a full-service Marriott.

To be located on the small east side of the 14-story hotel's roof, facing Interstate 4, plans filed with the city show the open-air bar would have a capacity for 277 people. The hotel is located at 400 W. Livingston St.


Communal tables, lounge seating, a bar and standing drink rail, standing cocktail tables, tile and false-wood flooring, and space for a DJ control station are highlights of the floor plan submitted.

Plans for the new rooftop bar proposed for the eastern side of the closed Downtown Orlando hotel being renovated and reopened as a full-service Marriott.

The developer applied to the city's Appearance Review Board for approval of the rooftop bar design. It will be reviewed in conjunction with a new three-story parking garage behind the hotel, which GrowthSpotter detailed on Aug. 9.


Orlando-based L2 Studios is the architect and applicant for the garage plans, and led the design effort of the bar. Officials with United Capital did not respond to requests for comment late Friday.

Images from other rooftop bars around the world were cited as inspiration by L2 Studios for the Orlando Marriott plans. Noted were examples of stone paver flooring, a wood slat bar front and concrete bar tops.

A small loveseat sectional furniture shown in one scene invites small social groups along the glass railing to admire city views and atmosphere, the architect wrote.

A glass railing would surround the Marriott rooftop bar, which provides architectural detail while allowing unobstructed views to the city skyline, and protection from winds while seated, L2 Studios noted.

Additional images submitted by the architect, referencing other urban rooftop bars that inspired the Marriott design concepts.

Examples of furniture in line with the mid-century modern style were also shown in a slideshow presentation submitted to the ARB.

United Capital expects to start full renovation by late September, open the hotel in Second Quarter 2017, the company's chairman and CEO said last month.

The company filed a Master Plan request with the city in August to build a three-story, 123-space parking garage (valet only), as part of its redevelopment of the hotel.

Parking for the hotel was previously accommodated on a leased 1.44-acre surface parking lot from the city, located directly east of the property. The city declined to make that lot available again, leaving United Capital no choice but to build a new garage.


An affiliate of United Capital won the shuttered 290-room hotel at auction in August 2015 with a bid of $12.625 million, a sale coordinated by court-appointed HREC Investment Advisors.

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