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Downtown Orlando Apartments to Overtake Former Office Building

Baker Barrios Architects submitted a request to the Appearance Review Board for a courtesy review of the proposed façade renovations they're working on as part of the conversion of the 10 story office building at 200 South Orange Avenue (MAP).

Downtown lunchers may recognize the building at the corner of Church & S. Orange as it housed the now shuttered Wahlburgers restaurant and is just down the street from the under-construction Bumby Arcade Food Hall.

The Staff Report will go before the board Wednesday.

The Conversion

The conversion will change the building from mixed-use office to mixed-use residential. The ground and second floor will be used as commercial/office space and the upper floors will house a requested 143 residential units. Additional amenity space is planned for the rooftop which currently is only mechanical space.

The Facade Changes

The building was originally built as Sun Bank circa 1960, remodeled to be similar to the SunTrust tower under construction in the mid 1980’s, and joined to the new tower with an atrium at the same time. The desire is to give the north and east facades of the building a separate identity from the other remaining SunTrust buildings. Some of the significant changes proposed:

  • The creation of balconies for the units. The balconies will be inboard of the existing structure and will not extend out over the existing sidewalk.

  • Additional windows are being added to the north façade.

  • A decorative metal screening element is being added to the southeast corner of the building.

  • The existing granite on the first 2 floors will remain.

  • Some of the drawings propose a large video style screen on the north façade that faces north and this type of sign may not be permitted and is not part of the review.

There are no changes to the existing streetscape or south façade noted in the application.

Renderings courtesy Baker Barrios Architects


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