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Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation wants to rebuild Winter Park HQ

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation is beginning to lay out development plans that involve rebuilding its current headquarters in Winter Park.

The grantmaking institution is seeking Conditional Use approval from the city of Winter Park to demolish and replace its existing 11,660-square-foot office at 199 E. Welbourne Ave. with a modern three-story building nearly twice its size.


Plans call for a roughly 19,600-square-foot office that will offer public space for other nonprofits to convene in on its first floor.

The third floor will be designated to fit the offices of the Edyth Bush Foundation, while the second floor would be set aside for a separate nonprofit.


The new building will have six parking spaces for workers at EBCF on the third floor and six spaces for the second floor non-profit.

SchenkelShultz Architecture is the architect. Bonnett Design Group is the landscape architect and AVCON is the civil engineer.

The proposed project sits within Winter Park’s Central Business District, which permits for buildings of its size.

As it stands today, the site’s zoning allows for up to 21,812 square feet of space.

In order to move forward with the project, the foundation must therefore demonstrate that the new headquarters building will be compatible with the surrounding area.

It sits north of the Bank of America parking garage and mixed-use New General building along New England Avenue. Both buildings are taller than three stories. Directly to the north, is a four-story condominium project called Landmark Condominiums.

Plans go before Winter Park’s planning and zoning board Tuesday.

The current office-condo structure, built in 1975, is made up of about eight subdivided units.


EBCF purchased a majority of the office-condos in 1981 for $375,000. It finally took control of the property this year after paying $890,000 in June to buy the remaining office-condo unit, which previously performed as a dental office.

Prior to that, it paid $590,000 for a unit on the third floor in 2003, which previously served as a stamp shop with about a dozen employees.

In total, EBCF spent about $1.85 million assembling the units.

According to its website, EBCF has awarded about $112 million in more than 4,055 grants to 886 nonprofit organizations. It celebrated its 45th year of operating last year.

In 2015, Rollins College named its Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center after the foundation’s namesake, Edyth Bush. The late philanthropist was an actress, ballet dancer and playwright who devoted most of her adult life promoting the arts, education and human services in the community.

She was married to Archibald G. Bush, a former director at conglomerate 3M, who amassed hundreds of millions in stock before sharing it through charity. Today, the science-based technology company is known for manufacturing well-known brands like Scotch Tape and Post-it Notes.


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