One of the key components of The Packing District will be the adaptive reuse of industrial buildings throughout the 202-acre mixed-use district west of College Park. Now Dr. Phillips Charities, master developer of the project, has filed plans with the city to make that vision a reality.
The developer filed design plans for the adaptive reuse of a small brick warehouse office built in 1956 to convert the 4,800-square-foot building into an office building. Dr. Phillips President Ken Robinson said the design plan calls for a covered outdoor lounge area at the rear of the building that will back out onto the future trail in the community.
“We’re doing the adaptive reuse of that building at-risk,” Robinson said. The interior will be rebuilt and restrooms moved from the rear of the building closer to the front. The entrance will be brought up to ADA standards with a new wheelchair ramp and enhanced with planters.
The building at 1900 Diversified Way was one of 14 in the district identified in the master plan as having potential for adaptive reuse. “These buildings have shown potential by having a unique or desirable architectural character,” the plan states.
Two of the buildings fronting on S. Orange Blossom Trail identified for potential adaptive reuse will instead be razed to make way for a second phase of apartments by Embrey Partners, which is now leasing in The Cannery apartments in the district. Several of the larger warehouse buildings owned by Dr. Phillips have active tenants with years remaining on their leases.
“As those buildings transition, we’ll look at adaptive reuse of each of those buildings,” Robinson said.
Another, the 1930s-era Great Southern Box Company building at 2105 N. Orange Blossom Trail, will be converted later this year into a food hall and event space. “Construction will start this year on the food hall,” Robinson said. “We’re excited about how the progress is coming along now. By end of 2022, the vision will be much clearer with the roads being completed and the park opening.”
An investment group led by David Shapiro of Equity Partners and SC Advisors announced plans in 2019 to convert a large industrial building at 1800 Crown Way into a 95,000-square-foot multi-tenant loft office building with structured parking. The group paid $5.8 million for four buildings adjacent to the Dr. Phillips-owned properties. Shapiro said the adaptive reuse project was scuttled by COVID, but each of the buildings still has active users in place.
Adjacent to that property, Third Wave Development has filed plans for a 293-unit multifamily community at 1800 S. Orange Blossom Trail that extends to Diversified Way. The proposed 1900 Northside apartments would feature a five-story building with an attached parking garage and two interior amenity courtyards. The development site extends to Diversified Way and contemplates the existing rail spur being converted into a multi-use trail.