Winter Park enters negotiations to convert old library

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Winter Park has entered into a 90-day exclusive negotiating period with Harbert Realty Services to convert the city’s old library into a three-story commercial complex with health and wellness concepts and two levels of co-working space.

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Winter Park city commissioners met Aug. 11 to discuss the proposal with Damien Madsen, Harbert’s senior vice president and managing director. Mayor Phil Anderson said the city wants any reuse of the roughly 33,000-square-foot building to serve a public benefit. “It really is a prime piece of property. It’s at the gateway to the city’s core.”

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The proposal from Harbert would dedicate the first floor of the library to wellness-related companies, community uses and a health cafe serving pre-packaged foods, similar to Clean Eatz, while potentially leaving space for the Winter Park History Museum, Madsen said at the meeting. Meanwhile, the second and third floors would be occupied by a tenant providing co-working space for start-ups, sole proprietors and other small businesses, Madsen said.

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