New 126-room hotel planned near downtown Orlando arts center

New 126-room hotel planned near downtown Orlando arts center

by DeVore Design, August 24, 2016

Plans for a new 10-story, 126-room hotel near the downtown Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts have been filed with the city of Orlando.

The project, dubbed Magnolia Hotel, is being proposed by GDC Properties LLC at 500 S. Magnolia Ave. The architect on the project is Hogan Campis Architecture in Atlanta.

“The purpose of the proposed development is to introduce a contemporary urban hotel and full-service restaurant onto an underutilized, infill site directly south of the Dr. Phillip Center. The hotel and restaurant will be complementary to the immediate neighborhood, patrons of the Dr. Phillips Center and central business district,” said the project’s application, noting the land currently has a two-story single-tenant office building.

The hotel is expected to create 50 full-time jobs and 25 part-time jobs. The hotel will also have a 1,330-square-foot pool deck and more than 7,000 square feet of restaurant space.

This comes shortly after another hotel project near the arts center fizzled. A 155-room, eight-story luxury boutiqueHilton Curio hotel was proposed on a small parcel of land in front of the arts center by Orlando developer Marc Bortzin 2015, but failed to become a reality.

At that time, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said there were no plans to seek another hotel project. “It looks pretty good as a park,” he told Orlando Business Journal, in February of this year.