Radisson launched the "upper upscale" Blu brand in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and has more than 300 hotels open or in development. The downtown Orlando hotel, located at the southeast corner of N. Magnolia and Palmetto avenues, would be one of the company's first Blu hotels in the U.S. The company currently operates Blu hotels in downtown Chicago and Minneapolis and at Mall of America.
Conor's development team has filed applications with the city's Municipal Planning Board and Appearance Review Board for the project, described as an "iconic mixed-use high rise tower." Conor paid $2.8 million for the .58-acre property, having acquired the final parcel last November.
Designed by Baker Barrios, the tower would feature 4,250 square feet of retail as well as the hotel lobby and back-of-house operations on the ground floor. The high-design Radisson Blu would have ample meeting space, including a ballroom and breakout areas, and an amenity deck and pool on the third level.
The top six floors of the tower would comprise 40 residential units on the "penthouse" levels.
Conor has secured off-site parking through an agreement with R&R Palmetto Avenue Ltd., which operates a private garage at 305 N. Palmetto Ave. The developer is seeking a density bonus from the city.
The developer, also known as Conor Capital, is a real estate investment company primarily focused on the hospitality industry that concentrates on all facets of the hotel industry, including development, construction, renovation, and property analysis.
The Radisson Blu project is one of several new mixed-use towers to incorporate a hospitality component. Church Street Tower, now under construction, will host a Marriott AC Hotel. The Orlando Magic's Sports and Entertainment District will feature hotel, office, retail and residential uses.
Other new hotels planned for downtown Orlando include a 155-key Cambria Suites at Lake Eola and an 8-story, dual-brand hotel with 240 rooms on the site of the Travelodge Orlando Downtown at the corner of Livingston and Magnolia.