On March 9, we broke ground on our new headquarters 1723 Bartow Rd in Lakeland, Florida. We are looking forward to our move from downtown Lakeland in the fall of this year. The new building, which is adjacent to McDonald’s and the Grove Park Publix Shopping Center, will house about 50 of our advisors and staff.
In addition to the SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler team, the Central Florida Development Council (CFDC) will be located in the new space. The complex has three buildings. Our brokerage will occupy one building, and the CFDC will lease the other. The building that connects those two, which was once the main entrance, will now be the CFDC’s large meeting room referred to as the Annex.
A Little Background
The building was originally designed by Gene Leedy, an architect known for unique features such precast concrete and structural double T-beams. Plans for the remodeled building include exposing the original T-beams by removing the facade and adding a glass atrium to the front of the building.
The new architectural designs to remodel the building to highlight its original signature features and add modern flair have been created by architect Marlon Lynn. Gannon Olmbert of A&O Construction is managing the build out.
Beyond providing more space, amenities and modern design, the new building’s location characteristics are strong in terms of demographics. According to Gary Ralston, CCIM, SIOR, managing director and senior advisor, there are almost 100,000 people and 4,500 businesses with 56,000 employees within 10 minutes of the new location. Within 60 minutes, there are almost 3 million people, 95,000 businesses, and 1.15 million employees.