UPDATED: OCTOBER 17, 2016 4:40 PM — Local construction supplier International Tile & Stone plans to grow its business in northwest Orlando by building a new manufacturing facility adjacent to its current one, and expanding into the production of concrete and brick pavers, the company's president told GrowthSpotter.
To be located at 2225 Hazelhurst Ave., the 1.52-acre site lies northwest of College Park, adjacent to the company's current manufacturing facility and showroom at 3930 N. Orange Blossom Trail.
International Tile & Stone specializes in the import, manufacturing and supply of Turkish travertine and marble stone, used in the interior and exterior of home construction. The company now has a combined 23,775 square feet of conditioned area for cutting and polishing stone, and related sales.
The new manufacturing facility, to be designed as a standard concrete warehouse with metal paneling, would add 16,000 square feet on land that's now used for outdoor storage.
"We'll set up a new dry-batch concrete plant to make brick and concrete pavers," said Hakan Collu, owner of the business and property through an LLC affiliate.
"With this new line we can service our existing clientele with the pavers typically used in walkways, driveways and pool decks," he continued. "I see quite a future in it, because there hasn't been much innovation in this area. We want our own plant to experiment with colors and styles."
Collu already has site plan approval from Orange County. Project architect Darwin Reyes of C4 Architecture said the company is a few weeks away from filing construction plans with the county.
The property, which Collu bought in November 2015 for $500,000, is contiguous to city limits. He filed an annexation request with the City of Orlando on Sept. 29 to annex the site and connect to the city's sewer system.
Collu also asked the city to keep that annexation request on hold, until after the project is permitted and built under Orange County jurisdiction.
The developer can delay that annexation so that it doesn't interfere with the project's construction timeline already in progress, said Bill Hockensmith, senior project manager for Florida Engineering Group.
Collu estimates total investment in the new building to approach $3.5 million. He hopes to begin construction in January with RW Jones Construction as general contractor, and have the facility operating by early Summer 2017.
His company employs 18 in its current manufacturing facility and showroom, and may add up to 12 more employees with the expansion, Collu said.
The surrounding parcels are all developed with industrial and warehouse facilities. The developer is asking the city for a land use of Industrial and zoning of I-G/W, which matches neighboring properties currently within Orlando.