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Hoffner Investment Group has filed plans to divide their 9-acre site into three lots, the largest of which would be the 50,000 square foot industrial building in lot 3.
Hoffner Investment Group has filed plans to divide their 9-acre site into three lots, the largest of which would be the 50,000 square foot industrial building in lot 3. (International Engineering Consultants Inc./Orange County)

A longtime developer and his CPA-business partner are reviving plans for an industrial park on Orlando’s Hoffner Avenue.

Carlos Rivero, vice president of Cafe Construction & Development, said he’s been in business with his accountant, Eric de Arrigoitia for over 30 years. That’s about the same time de Arrigoitia bought the 9-acre parcel at 4840 Hoffner Ave., just down the street from de Arrigoitia’s accounting firm.

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“We’re excited now to finally get it moving after so many years of being in a lull,” Rivera told GrowthSpotter.

The partners, who form Hoffner Investment Group Inc., filed a Master Plan with City of Orlando to subdivide the parcel into 3 lots, the largest of which would house a 50,000-square-foot industrial warehouse. They’re calling it the Conway-Hoffner Business Park.

“I’ve been involved in the project since the early 2000s,” Rivero said. “We designed and permitted a totally different project. The original plan was for it to be all one property under a single ownership, and we were going to build 83,000 square feet of warehouse space."

They cleared the lot and built the stormwater retention pond to service the warehouse, but ended up shelving the project for over a decade. In the meantime, they permitted and sold a small apartment project near Goldenrod, and Cafe Construction built and sold a handful of other industrial and commercial properties.

Now Rivero said they have a letter of intent from Orlando-based Boxes Etc. for the new warehouse. “Their lease is good through late 2020, so the timing worked out pretty well,” he said. “It will take us about seven or eight months to get through the engineering, and we expect to break ground early next year.”

The conceptual plan reserves the first lot, with frontage on Hoffner, for a future office building. The middle lot could accommodate a trio of 10,000-square-foot flex warehouse buildings with outdoor storage or a single 40,000-square-foot flex warehouse.

“The plan is still evolving,” Rivero said.

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