For the amount of tech companies operating in and moving to Orlando it’s surprising that we don’t have a building dedicated to technology organizations.
This need is about the be filled by the Exchange building located at 101 S Garland Ave in the Church Street District [GMap].
Jones Lang LaSalle vice president Aaron Gray told Bungalower that they identified a lot of growth occurring within the tech community and that there was a need for the community to be centrally located.
He says they plan to repurpose the building “purely for the tech community.”
The building was built in the 1980’s as a three-story open air mall.
Gray said normally it would be difficult to repurpose a building such as the Exchange for office use but not for the tech community.
“It’s been exciting to see the community gravitate towards it,” he said.
As part of the new tech hub there will be amenities that tech employees come to expect such as access to coffee and beer.
Additionally he says there are other things in the works including co-working space.
Bungalower has talked with some of the companies that are looking to move into the new space but that this point the only one that has publicly announced is PlanSouce which will take over 16,000 square feet of space.
Overall they have about 87,000 square feet of space. Most of which is office space. There will be some retail opportunities.
While the tech hub mimics some of the ideas that are being planned for the Creative Village Project, it’s on a smaller scale.
If anything, Gray says, “the exchange can serve as a case study to validate the need for Creative Village.”
We’ll continue to keep you posted on this project.