Newly sworn-in Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, will be opening his flaship district office in the historic Carson Bryan House in downtown Kissimmee, next to the Osceola County Courthouse.
Soto won the open seat vacated by Alan Grayson by defeating Republican Wayne Liebnitzky to become the first Puerto Rican member of Congress from Florida. Soto, an attorney who lives and practices in Kissimmee, announced shortly after the election he would relocate the main office to Kissimmee.
The two-story, white frame house was built around 1920 and features a large wrap-around porch. It is the county's last surviving example of Folk Victorian architecture.
"He was attracted to the building because of the historic nature," leasing agent Veronica Malolos said. "He also really loves the wrap-around porch because it's perfect for receptions."
The city of Kissimmee purchased the home in 2006 and designated the structure a National Historic Landmark. The city partnered with the State of Florida Historic Preservation Bureau to renovate and restore the building after it was damaged by Hurricane Charley. The project converted it into an office/museum and brought the building up to ADA standards.
Burkhardt Construction led the restoration effort, which won an award for best adaptive reuse from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
The building is 3,613 square feet and has 20 parking spaces. Malolos said the NNN lease is for two years, with a renewable option pending Soto's reelection in 2018. The rate is in the range of $14 to $16 per square foot, she said.
"They're in the process of moving in now," she said. "They're going to have an open house later this month."