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Brazilian developers begin planning new office building near Apopka City Center

A rendering of the proposed office building on the northeast corner of South Lake Avenue and West Third Street.
A rendering of the proposed office building on the northeast corner of South Lake Avenue and West Third Street. (Apopka)

Orlando-based Solid Development & Investments Corp. wants to build a new two-story office building near the mixed-use Apopka City Center currently underway.

According to a construction site plan recently submitted in the city, the company is proposing to build an 11,000-square-foot office building on the northeast corner of South Lake Avenue and West Third Street.

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Solid Development, led by Melissa Beatriz Cruz, Dario Barros and Argel Verdi Seben, bought the 0.8-acre property earlier this year for $220,000. The partners are Brazilian-American developers who moved to Orlando in 2007.

Barros told GrowthSpotter each of them have experience developing commercial projects in America and Brazil. He said they formed Solid Investments earlier this year with plans to expand into markets throughout Florida and Texas.

An aerial/conceptual view of construction and landscaping plans for proposed Apopka office building.
An aerial/conceptual view of construction and landscaping plans for proposed Apopka office building. (Apopka/GrowthSpotter)

“Between the three of us we have about 50 years of experience in the field,” he said. “We’re really happy to be in Apopka and hopefully we do something in Texas.”

The Apopka project will serve as one of their first developments under the newly formed company.

Barros said they’re planning to build professional office or medical office space on the property with the intention to sell the development once it’s mostly occupied.

Plans for the South Lake Apopka building show the first and second floor will contain 5,500 square feet, including space for an eatery and cafe on the ground floor. Features include outdoor eating space and 55 parking spaces.

A side view of the outdoor dining area at the proposed office building development in Apopka.
A side view of the outdoor dining area at the proposed office building development in Apopka. (Apopka)

The land already features a commercial zoning, meaning Solid Development will only need the approval of Apopka’s Development Review Committee. Barros said they hope to break ground by the end of this year.

Tuan Huynh with Regional Consulting Engineers is the civil engineer.

The property is near where Taurus Investment Holdings is planning the 35-acre Apopka City Center project that’s poised to feature up to 200,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space on the north and south sides of the East Semoran Boulevard (S.R. 436) and West Orange Blossom Trail (S.R. 441) interchange, once complete.

A 110-room Hilton Garden Inn opened in late July as part of plans for the Apopka City Center. The developer also intends to build a 250-unit apartment complex.

Taurus executives who helped land the 10-year contract with the City of Apopka are also looking to do something similar in Longwood.

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