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Dilapidated office buildings along I-4 are being torn down in Altamonte Springs

A photo of the seven-story office building at 151 Wymore Road taken April 16, 2020.
A photo of the seven-story office building at 151 Wymore Road taken April 16, 2020. (GrowthSpotter)

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based 3H Group is tearing down the old Executive Point Towers in Altamonte Springs.

For more than 40 years, the two sister office buildings, totaling more than 126,000 square feet at 101 and 151 Wymore Rd., have stood along I-4 with little interruption.

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But as the building began aging with little upkeep, tenants began relocating out. Now, the old Executive Point Towers in Altamonte Springs are soon be no more.

Insight on the developer's CRE pedigree, what they're pitching in a conceptual site plan, and the value-add potential for land bought in May.

Developer 3H Group has different plans for the 4.25-acre site — though it may be too early to say what those plans will be Nick Desai, an executive at the company, told GrowthSpotter. Amid an unprecedented pandemic that is shuttering much of the global economy, it’s difficult to map out precise plans, Desai said.

“We’re going to ride out the pandemic before filing development plans... Who knows, it may become a hospital.”

Demolition work is underway on the five-story, 50,750-square-foot tower at 101 Wymore Road. The second adjacent seven-story office building is next in line for demolition.

Demolition work of the five-story, 50,750-square-foot building at 101 Wymore Road. Photo taken April 16, 2020.
Demolition work of the five-story, 50,750-square-foot building at 101 Wymore Road. Photo taken April 16, 2020. (GrowthSpotter)

Last year, a code enforcement action was filed in the city invoking the property owners to either bring the property back to compliance or demolish. According to a notice of commencement filed in Seminole County, 3H Group began demolition work last summer.

The firm paid $4.5 million for the property in 2018. It’s located on the southwest corner of the I-4 and S.R. 436 interchange and is entitled for commercial use.

The office buildings were in bad condition at the time of sale and have sat vacant for years, said City Manager Frank Martz said. “They’ve built other properties nearby and we look forward to what they build next."

He adds, that last weekend’s announcement from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proclaiming parts of the I-4 Ultimate Project will be accelerated, will better help position the property in the future.

“[The property] has great visibility on I-4," Martz said. “Hopefully construction goes by quickly.”

Just north of the busy interchange, 3H Group developed the TownPlace Suites hotel at 151 N. Douglas Ave. in 2017 next to its Hampton Inn & Suites hotel, which it completed in 2013.

The developer recently partnered with Peachtree Hotel Group on its eight-story hotel in downtown Orlando on the site of the former Travelodge Orlando Downtown and restaurant Chef Jeremiah’s City Diner.

It is also in the midst of completing a TownePlace Suites hotel within the mixed-use Grand National project along l-Drive.

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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