Another food hall concept may pop up in Central Florida, this time near the Maitland Center submarket.
An entity led by developer Lamont Garber recently filed an application in the city to redevelop the vacant bank building at 360 E. Horatio Ave. into mixed-use restaurant and retail hub called “Maitland Market."
Garber owns Winter Park-based development and investment firm Garber Communities and is behind the several renovation projects throughout Florida including the adaptive reuse of the former State Auto Body building in Winter Park.
In April, he purchased the 90-year-old United Trophy Manufacturing building in downtown Orlando with plans to restore it and add space for trendy retailers. At the time he told GrowthSpotter he intends to add more parking, artificial turf, new benches and trees for people to socialize.
A complete overhaul of the Maitland bank building will have to take place for Maitland Market to come to fruition. Improvements include removing the drive-through, the undergrounding of utilities, a major face lift to the building’s facade and extensive interior improvements.
The developer is also proposing a 2,473-square-foot addition to the roughly 5,000-square-foot building, bringing its total size to 7,548 square feet, if approved.
Plans for the project state Maitland Market will provide a mix of retail and restaurant concepts, including multiple food and retail kiosks, an athletic training facility and a master bar area to serve coffee, wine, beer and liquor drinks. Lush landscaping and outdoor courtyard areas are also proposed.
The project goes before the city’s Planning and Zoning commission this week. Garber paid $1.34 million for the property last year in January. It was built in 1979.
Plans for Maitland Market come at a time where food halls and incubator concepts are in high demand across the country.
According to recent Cushman & Wakefield analysis of food halls, roughly 450 venues are expected to be operational throughout the United States by the end of 2020. That’s nearly quadruple the amount of food halls recorded in 2016, according to the report.
The Maitland Market property sits near the SunRail Maitland station, just west of North Orlando Avenue, where a number of large-scale luxury multifamily developments have recently opened.
In February, GrowthSpotter reported that Jacksonville-based Vestcor Companies paid $3.25 million for about six acres of land within the Trelago master-planned community with plans for an adult-living facility with 134 beds across 120 units.