The location of a closed-down floral shop in Winter Garden’s Historic Downtown District is being considered for redevelopment into a two-story office building with ground-floor retail.
Property owner Albert Valdes Jr. is seeking to rezone a 0.28-acre site at 38 and 42 N. Boyd St. that his been in his family’s possession since the 1990′s. Plans call for a 15,800-square-foot mixed-use building with retail uses facing toward Boyd Street, and office uses on the remainder of the first floor and the entire second floor.
TDC Design Studio is the architect. Attempts to reach Valdes Jr. were unsuccessful.
Shaw’s Florist of Winter Garden closed last year before the coronavirus made its way to the United States and forced the shut down of many small businesses, as the world braced itself for an international public health emergency.
Today, many of Winter Garden’s small businesses in its downtown historic district have reopened and several developers have plans to either open a hotel, lofty residential units or office space in the district.
The most recently proposed mixed-use office building is located on the west side of Boyd Street between Plant Street and Newell Street.
Winter Garden City Commissioners were presented the plans and rezoning application, earlier this month. A second reading and public hearing is scheduled after the holidays on Jan. 14. Construction plans still need to be approved by the city’s architectural review and historical preservation boards.
Across from the proposed development site is the Edgewater Hotel, which contains retail uses on the first floor and hotel uses on the upper floors.
Nearby, Orlando-based Pioneer Builders is developing a luxury 38-unit apartment building with a small cafe on the first floor. The developer recently rezoned a little more than an acre on the northeast corner of S. Main Street and E. Smith Street that was previously used for overflow municipal parking.
The Winter Garden downtown district features a range of uses, including commercial, residential, institutional and mixed-use – all of which are located within close proximity to each other.
In October, GrowthSpotter reported of plans by developer Donald Wingate to restore the old American Water Flo Supply building in Winter Garden into a commercial building fit for a tenant like a micro-distillery.
Before it was an irrigation equipment store, the property at 646 E. Plant St. was a repair shop used by the city’s earliest settlers who were citrus growers.