The team behind The Yard at Ivanhoe development has just submitted plans to the City of Orlando for a proposed a multi-storied mixed-use development on the other side of Virginia Drive, under a working title of The Yard – Crossman Site.

The plans were submitted to the City Planning Department on October 19 and the usual accompanying overview sheets were still being completed at the time of this post but we’ve attached a slideshow of the electronically submitted design concepts.

From what we could see, the 174-unit multi-family and commercial/office project would be located on the corner of Alden and Virginia and would replace the current lots that house Riot Creative Imaging (Website) to the Southwest, to Factur (Website) and the current home of Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital to the Northeast.

According to the plans, local dive bar staple Hideaway Bar (Facebook | GMap), seems to have come out unscathed in the designs and the project will simply build up around it.

The plans call for the inclusion of a parking garage and “artist workshops” on the Brookhaven side, as well as a pool.

This project is still in the very early stages of review with the City. Nothing has been approved at the time of this post.


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  1. huh? but your friends do not own the building nor the land. If they would prefer to not “lose” their studios, then perhaps they should save up and buy one of their own. Until then, they are only tenants renting another person’s space. And that owner has the right to sell, develop, or lease his land. Furthermore, the developer has stated they will be making the units below the apartments available for studio space..get a grip.

  2. Every town in America has sections that look like Ivanhoe village currently does. It’s not unique or special as it currently stands.

  3. This is not in Patty Sheehan’s district, it’s in Robert Stuart’s district, Andrew.
    In any case, I disagree with you. Orlando needs high density in the SunRail corridor, or SunRail will fail.

  4. City approval process provides for neighborhood input at the Municipal Planning Board hearing, Natalia. I personally think that’s a little too late in the process to get any substantative changes. However, the Developer and architect have already met with the Lake Formosa neighborhood at our general meeting last week, and before that with neighborhood representatives. In my experience, you have to be very proactive if you hope to have any say in the process. In this case the Developer came to us proactively. I think the developer and his designers share our neighborhood’s vision of a vibrant walkable and bikable Virginia Drive. It’s the city transportation department that we need to get on board.

  5. I like the density and tall buildings, but my biggest problem with this project is scale. Height-wise it is fine (wouldn’t hurt to go up a story or two in some places honestly), but it is comprised of large continuous buildings in a setting that is mostly smaller buildings. I’d much rather have smaller footprint (yet still tall) buildings instead of a large footprint building – this particular development screams “North Quarter” with its large apartment blocks instead of “Ivanhoe.” Yet I hope it can still work without being too out of place. I’m okay with the development but it could become much more.

  6. I’m not against growth or density. I love the culture and convenience that only cities can provide, but, the city of Orlando needs to hurry up and provide the kind of urban infrastructure – safe sidewalks, bike lanes, and Lynx Lymmo – that will support it. My neighbors and I want:
    ⊙ NO added vehicular lanes on Virginia.
    ⊙ Protected bike lanes or cycle track on Virginia from Orange to the existing Dinky Line Trail.
    ⊙ Extension of the Lynx Lymmo bus from downtown to the Ivanhoe and College Park districts.
    Without these improvements high density development will surely erode our quality of life.
    Mayor Buddy Dyer has provided this kind of urban infrastructure to downtown. Now our close-in neighborhoods along the SunRail corridor need this. Not in 30 years, but NOW!

  7. It’s an apartment building. For what it is…it looks okay. Extravagant residential architecture means exorbitant rent prices. Not good for any city. I agree about all the strip malls, etc.

  8. Tisha Poole -And there’s nothing whatsoever you can do about it. Go act on something you can change.

  9. Pete Fuller – Yes. Trust me…when the avant garde moves in…you can set your watch as to how long it will take before the developers come in. Haven’t you seen Rent?!

  10. This will be a great addition to the city.  We need more density like this.  Hopefully the NIMBYs will move to a ranch in rural Montana where they belong.

  11. Let them move in, but they don’t get to bring any cars. They have to walk or bike or take public transportation everywhere. (Dreaming of course)

  12. ??? @Jeffery McClain- not exactly sure which way you are going with your comment. So the studios and the artists made the area interesting (as I said), but they are somehow to blame for the redevelopment?

  13. I think it looks nicer than a couple of pre-fab industrial metal buildings.  Put your energy towards making sure they bury the power lines down Virginia and improve the street lighting and everyone wins.

  14. Oh please people! I love how all these non-natives are all aghast at the redevelopment of this area that was nothing but an eyesore (kinda still is) just a decade ago. The artists and their studios are the cause of this interest in denser development. It inevitably happens in every contemporary city under capitalism. First the artists move in…followed by the real estate developers. I support high density in Ivanhoe, College Park, Winter Park, Audubon Park, and everywhere else. Don’t like tall buildings and lots of people? I hear The Villages are really nice…and you’ll have plenty of room.

  15. Perhaps choosing an architectural firm with a bit more vision. Orlando is being peppered with cookie cutter buildings that have little to no curb appeal. In this case, a structure that is to house artistic endeavors such as galleries, studios and other arts related spaces could have been designed as such. My father was an architect here for years and after his last visit I asked him what he thought of the city. His reply was, “I was afraid of this.”
    Just an observation. Orlando has succeeded in destroying most of its past and has replaced it with generic buildings that will leave no historical footprint or cultural significance. Sad.

  16. Bahahahahaha! In America, capitalism comes to “your” neighborhood and redevelops it with no concern for your feelings. Ten years ago that whole area was an eyesore.

  17. If money is all there is then ‘woo hoo’ …I guess. But I had moved there for the quaint, artistic community. Glad I got out in time. Not sad about the potential fortune I may have missed out on. Some things are worth preserving, even if a buck is not being made in the process.

  18. Pete Fuller – Those “interesting” things such as the studios and artists are why the area is being densely redeveloped now. Those artists have no one else to blame but themselves.

  19. “Too big”?! No such thing. If you want a quaint small-town vibe move to Lake or Marion Counties. Development in Orlando is inevitable and unstoppable.

  20. They’ll just move to another area that will be gentrified and developed next. They are the cause of their own demise.

  21. They’ll be approved. “Tragic”? Tragic is losing your kid to cancer at 3. Some perspective might be in order here. Development in Orlando is as inevitable as rain in the summer. Don’t like it? Too bad. MOVE.

  22. Foolish. Your old house is about to be worth much, much more. I really don’t get why people in Orlando think that it’s going to remain the same as when you moved here. I was born here and welcome MASSIVE and DENSE development…especially in areas that a decade ago nobody thought were anything other than industrial eyesores. Ivanhoe Village-Mills 50 will inevitably be redeveloped and this City will be that much better for it. “Greed”? Primary motivator under capitalism. Can’t change that by resisting development in one supposed “sacrosanct” nabe. Lost cause.

  23. That “whole art community” that is being “demolished” statement is really an exaggeration. The “artists” are mostly “street” artists that don’t really care where the building they are painting in or on is located. Beyond that, we have a couple of gallery pop-ups and studios. They are the ones responsible for making it a desirable area for denser development. It’s an inevitable characteristic of urban gentrification…and under capitalism it’s unstoppable.

  24. “Too big”?! No such thing. If your desire is to keep an urban Orlando neighborhood without historical merit underdeveloped…well, just good luck with that. Lost causes are supposedly romantic.

  25. This is great. Those that oppose development in Orlando are delusional. Ivanhoe Village and Mills 50 are inevitably going to be dense, urbanized areas. If you don’t like dense, urbanized areas with high rises, traffic, and noise, may I suggest The Villages? I hear it’s quite nice…and DEAD quiet.

  26. Project is becoming too big. I’m all for improving the neighborhood, but this project Needs to be downsized. Hopefully Sheehan and city leaders will agree.

  27. This was shared at the lake Formosa neighborhood meeting last Tuesday. (By the developers). It doesn’t seem so bad honestly. That and it’s not even projected to begin till at least 2018/19 once the the other phase of the yard is 100% complete. This will also improve the railroad crossings/parking/ and more activity to help expand and grow our downtown community.

  28. residents love their authentic communities, and here we go replacing it with just another corner USA -awfull!

  29. Eh, the positive thing here is the density but it’s just more low rise apartment buildings. I’d much sooner see vacant land and parking lots within the central business district downtown infilled with skyscrapers. The density should be magnified at the core before it moves outward.

  30. This is really gross. There is a whole art community that is being demolished. It’s really hard to find an art community like that, that happened organically and it’s just being ignored. Between this and the Princeton I’m starting to think that Orlando really does suck.

  31. I’d take this over the Princeton in College Park any day… this looks like good urban design instead of just a boring apartment tower. I’d also take this over a bunch of warehouse space when Ivanhoe could be so much more.

  32. I bought my first house there. I regretted selling up until about now. What’s next? Chain restaurants? Greed is going to ruin that area.

  33. I am still sad that my friends, acquaintances and neighbors are losing their studios and places of business to developers’ gains.