Brian Albertson, founder and CEO at SLA Management LLC, wants to build a new mixed-use office building near the East End Market in Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District.
In 2019, Albertson acquired about half an acre of land along Corrine Drive, with the intention to tear down the old structures presently on the property and convert the zoning and a comprehensive plan amendment to accommodate a new office building for his growing business.
The properties, currently under consideration to be annexed into the City of Winter Park, feature two single-family homes built in the 1950s.
Albertson said his business, a custom school food service management company, has outgrown the current location at 3217 Corrine Dr. so he’s looking to build an adjacent two-story office building for their operations.
“Our corporate office probably had about 10 to 15 employees five to seven years ago,” he told GrowthSpotter. “Today we have 50 maybe 60 employees. I can’t fit them all in my building.”
Albertson wants to expand out of its current 2,200-square-foot office and build a new one at 3303 and 3313 Corrine Drive. The proposed two-story, 8,750-square-foot building would also have the opportunity for some commercial retail users on the ground floor.
SK Consortium is the engineer and Michael Wenrich Architects is the architect.
SLA Management was founded in 2002 and provides school food service management to K–12 private, charter, and district schools throughout the country. Its current office was built around 2006, before the neighborhood was known as Audubon Park. Albertson said he still doesn’t know what he’ll do with the property if the second office is built next door.
“I may continue to use both, or I may lease it back. I don’t have any immediate plans,” he said.
Earlier proposals for his new office were more expansive, but after several neighborhood meetings, Albertson said he scaled back on the size of the project to mitigate any concerns with traffic and cohesion with the surrounding residential properties.
Since part of this redevelopment site is in both the City of Winter Park and unincorporated Orange County, Albertson is seeking annexation into the City of Winter Park to establish a commercial and parking lot future land use designation and commercial zoning (C-3A) on the annexed properties.
The Audubon Park Garden District stretches along Corrine Drive between Bumby Avenue on the southwest and General Rees Avenue on the northeast. The corridor contains properties located both in the cities of Orlando and Winter Park.
The area has changed plenty since 2008 when it became part of the City of Orlando’s Main Street program. Over that past decade, the stretch of land has evolved into a cultural hub with a mix of quirky restaurants, cafes, breweries and cocktail lounges.
In 2013, developer John Rife opened the small East End Market food hall at 3201 Corrine Drive. The emergence of the adjacent Baldwin Park neighborhood has also helped the growth of the Audubon Park Garden District.
“The whole street (Corrine Drive) has become this cool, eclectic area that is continuing to evolve,” Albertson said. The entrepreneur is a property investor who has held onto about a half dozen single-family homes in the area that he rents.
Before East End Market was a food hall concept it was a church, he said. “I grew up literally within a mile of all this... The area is truly going through a renaissance in every positive way.”