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Mixed-use building may replace closed-down floral shop in Winter Garden’s downtown district

The proposed 15,800-square-foot building will feature retail facing Boyd Street and office uses on the first and second floor.
The proposed 15,800-square-foot building will feature retail facing Boyd Street and office uses on the first and second floor. (City of Winter Garden)

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.

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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.

The American Water Flo Supply building near Winter Garden’s historic downtown was previously a repair shop used by the city’s earliest citrus growers.

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.

The developer wants to build a upscale 38-unit apartment building in downtown Winter Garden that will feature a small cafe on its first floor.

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.

And Urban Hideaway Residential, a subsidiary of CynerGreen, is planning to develop nine luxury townhomes at 30 N. Park Avenue. Prices begin at $629,000 for smaller units, while larger four-bedroom townhomes are asking close to $1 million.

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.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at arabines@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-5427, or tweet me at @amanda_rabines. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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