Local nonprofit, ArtReach Orlando (Facebook | Website), has recently purchased a warehouse in Parramore in the hopes of transforming it into studios for Orlando visual artists. ArtReach is a non-profit organization that provides art programming to children in under-served communities of Orange County, whether in schools, the streets, or via their mobile art truck.

The 10,000 SF building is located at 1000 Arlington Street [GMap] and was, up until recently, the home of Pinto’s Auto. The plans for the new concept are currently being submitted to the City for approval and were drafted by local architect Ryan Young and will be built by Interstruct Inc. (Website). We have an early draft of the layout below.

McRae Artist Studios, who recently lost their long-time warehouse in Winter Park, are in talks with ArtReach to become the tenant at the new space. The expected date of completion for the warehouse build-out is the first quarter of 2017.

The new studios will be just up the street from the new Parramore K-8 school, and both McRae and ArtReach are planning to host after school art workshops for the students and neighbors.


Brendan O'Connor

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  1. Agent Richard Traynor of Florida One Real Estate, represented ArtReach Orlando in the purchase & property management of the warehouse artists studio.

  2. There’s been a concerted effort to push out residents for decades. Overly aggressive code enforcement that has literally destroyed housing in the area, coupled with sports venues that physically block one end of the neighborhood from the other plus new development on the northern edge of the neighborhood that will make it too expensive for current residents to continue to afford rents all came together to effectively push people out and create swaths of open land. Now it appears that projects like this will be encouraged in at least the north end to start resettling that portion with artists along with the students who will inevitably come with the new university campus. The southern end will be hipster bars, craft beer breweries and sports venues. New residents will come just as they did for Thornton Park and College Park over the past 25 years, while the current residents are continued to be pushed out by ever increasing rents and enforcement. And yes, those who are pushed out will be pushed out to the county in Pine Hills and OBT where the City can ignore them.

  3. JoeSeagle Nice, but what does this mean for the longtime Parramore residents. 10 years ago Parramore had 20,000 residents. Today it has 5,000. Wonder where the other 15,000 went. You can find some in those extended stay hotels on the OBT.

  4. Great to see this is coming to the neighborhood. That building is behind Ultimate Auto (the old McNamara Pontiac site) that is being redeveloped with a small retail strip center anchored by a Dunkin’ Donuts. With sports venues, art  studios, a K-8 school (which looks enormous, btw), universities, and small craft breweries, Parramore/Callahan is on its way to being the next  Thornton Park West.