The former OUC power plant in Ivanhoe Village has been through a lot in the last few years.
A black mold scare sent the tenants (Orlando Ballet and CFCArts) packing back in August of 2013 and its sat vacant ever since.
Over the years, when pressed for a number associated with the mold cleanup or a timeline to have new tenants move in, OUC informed Bungalower that no survey had been done yet to assess the damage.
Recently, construction fences were erected around the Ivanhoe Building property and a number of work crews have been spotted entering and exiting the historic building for over a month.
OUC spokesman, Tim Trudell, informed us that the property was undergoing routine remediation work to clean up some diesel spill from the building’s time as a power station. The floors of the building are being torn up in order to remove the polluted soil. Once the soil is removed, the building will be waterproofed against future ground seepage and flooding (a major problem for the building in the past as it sits a little below the level of Lake Ivanhoe, which is directly across Orange Avenue) and then the mold problem will be addressed.
This environmental cleanup project is estimated to cost about $1 M, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
When asked about the future of the building, Trudell stated that, “OUC is committed to rehabilitating the Ivanhoe Building because it is an important part of both the City of Orlando’s and our company history. The work currently underway is the first of several phases to remediate industrial oil from the soil underneath the building and the mold within it caused by water intrusion. We are still determining how we will use the building, but it won’t be torn down and OUC has no plans to sell it. The building will look the same or even better from the outside in the future.”
Bungalower has been invited for a photo tour of the site once it’s safer to enter and a majority of the soil has been removed. This is a developing story.