I Wish This Was is a series that transforms ignored, vacant lots and properties in Orlando into something the City Beautiful can be proud of.
Generally we write our own responses to buildings we see around town, buildings that inspire us to wish for something other than a vacant parking structure, or graffiti palette. Yet, we were recently reached out to by Orlando resident and Bungalower reader, Kelley Ramirez, concerning a building that she’d recently acquired.
“We recently purchased the building behind Fournier’s auto shop … It’s a very interesting space (the building has been around since the 1930’s). It houses the dry cleaner office on one end and we are currently trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the space. We have been Colonialtown North residents for almost 10 years and definitely are looking in to adding value to the neighborhood with what we decide to do with the space. I was wondering if you all could post one of those “what you would like to go here” type of posts so we could get some ideas on what the community is looking for. Any input would be greatly appreciated!” – Kelley Ramirez
According to Ramirez, the space was once used to build carriages. The warehouse is located at 1211 Illinois Street [GMap] in the Mills 50 District and is over 2,400 SF.
The interior appears to be all painted wood and shiplap, with some natural light and high ceilings with exposed beams, which immediately makes us think of a whiskey lounge/Wild West atmosphere. Yet with the abundance of drinking establishments in the area, we feel like that’s too easy of an answer.
High on our #BringToOrlando list right now are things like an upcycling boutique (where you can buy discarded art supplies that have been diverted from the landfill for rock-bottom prices or already upcycled goodies), a packaging-free grocery store, a second location of the Poor Porker based in Lakeland (beignets and great retail), or maybe even an eco-hipster-friendly laundromat.
What would you like to see here? If you have an idea for the space that you’d like to make happen, reach out to Kelley Ramirez at [email protected]