Orlando Ballet submits plans for major overhaul of Loch Haven Center

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Rendering by Rob Schaeffer Visualization and Planning

The Orlando Ballet (Website) has issued plans to the Municipal Planning Board for approvals to raze their current home at the Loch Haven Community Center and to replace it with a new building.

The City of Orlando approved a 50-year lease to the local dance company back in 2014, with the acknowledgment that they would eventually renovate it into something that better met their needs. We wrote about those plans HERE that same year.

Editor’s Note: Click HERE to see a list of City-owned properties being leased to organizations like Orlando Ballet.

The attached plans were submitted to the City as part of a request to change the original 2014 Conditional Use Permit, which called for a development plan through 2029. New plans center around a 37,600 SF, two-story precast building that will house the Orlando Ballet School, the company, and all administrative staff under one roof, as well as a 7,300 SF of public/private event space.

According to the Project Description document submitted to the City, parking is expected to be offset by the existing parking garage at the Orlando Science Center, via an agreement with the Center.

The project has been named “Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre” named after the company’s largest continuous donor who gifted them $5 million to kick-start the effort.

Demolition of the current 10,000 SF building is expected to begin later this year.

Rendering by Rob Schaeffer Visualization and Planning

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