Florida’s premier business magazine, Florida Trend, has included a feature in their March, 2017, edition on all that’s going on in Polk County. Lots of information about people and projects in Winter Haven, and a full page ad from Six/Ten touting our city as “Florida’s Inland Coast” (see below). There’s also a brief interview with our President, Kerry Wilson that you can check out here.
Shoppers in Downtown Winter Haven will have a new destination this fall. The Tree Swallow Gallery, a pop-up retail location, will exclusively feature fine art by local artists. The gallery will make its debut with an opening reception Tuesday, November 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery’s location at 347 West Central Avenue (across from Arabellas Ristorante).
The gallery’s content will be curated by local artists. Its “pop-up” nature will also mean unusual hours, in that it will usually be open only during the lunch and evening hours (and by appointment). Featured artwork includes sculptures by Trent Manning, David Figueroa and Marilyn Rackleman; paintings by Tony Savoie; photography by Calder Wilson and Scott Whitley; ceramics by Tim and Erika Peters; jewelry by Buffy Wilson, as well as additional items.
The Tree Swallow Gallery is sponsored by Six/Ten, LLC, in connection with its continuing goal of establishing Downtown Winter Haven’s retail presence through the power of art and creative expression. Other Downtown galleries include Outer Space at 230 Avenue C, SW, an arts incubator joint venture between the Arts Ensemble Education Foundation, Polk Museum of Art, Polk State College and Six/Ten, and Tinia Clark’s Sidestreet Studio at 110 Third Street, SW.
“We continue to enhance our live, work, learn and play vision for the area by supporting new businesses and giving residents new reasons to come Downtown,” said Bud Strang, the CEO of Six/Ten, LLC. “Many of the Tree Swallow artists are extremely popular, although their work is seldom for sale locally. I think people will be amazed by the quality of the work that will be displayed.”
By: Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
Six/Ten, LLC partners with Bond Building Partnership, LLP for 36,000 Square-Foot Downtown Winter Haven medical office project
Six/Ten, LLC, a Winter Haven commercial and multifamily developer, has teamed up with Bond Building Partnership, LLP to build a new 36,000 sq. ft., three story medical office building for Bond Clinic at 325 North First Street, N.W. This is Downtown Winter Haven’s largest new office construction project in more than 40 years and will offer urgent care and primary medical services to the community.
“Bond Clinic has been invested in the healthcare of our community for over 68 years, purposing to meet the ever growing needs of our thriving community,” said Panagiotis Iakovidis, MD, Bond Clinic’s CEO/President of the Board. “We are honored to partner with Six/Ten to bring to reality another structure that will further enhance our ability to provide the health care of today’s world but install the foundations of the future health care requirements. We are working conscientiously with our patients, insurance carriers and local businesses to provide the care while reducing the costs and time constrains.” Dr. Iakovidis continued by saying, “this new campus will accommodate the Urgent Clinic and Pediatric practice as well as twelve additional providers.”
Once completed, the project is expected to bring more than 70 employees to the downtown area, with approximately 300 patient visits daily. Founded in 1948 by Dr. Benjamin Bond, the clinic has grown throughout the years from four doctors to more than 68 providers, encompassing 25 specialties. With a main campus at 500 E. Central Avenue, it was one of the first businesses in Downtown Winter Haven.
“Bond Clinic has long been a tenant of ours, and we are excited to partner with them on this latest project,” said Bud Strang, CEO of Six/Ten. “The added foot traffic generated from this new clinic will further support Winter Haven’s vision of becoming a preeminent downtown destination where people can live, work, learn and play.”
Six/Ten is serving as the project’s developer working with general contractor Everett Whitehead & Son, Inc. The project architect is WMB Architecture. Envisors, a division of Pennoni, will handle the engineering and Bank of Central Florida is providing financing.
“The city’s Planning and Building departments have also been very helpful in this process, and we want to thank them for their prompt comments and insight during the permitting process,” said Joseph Bogdahn, Vice President of Six/Ten.
By: The Ledger
Downtown Winter Haven Residential Project RainGarden Honored by the American Institute of Architects
The Florida chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will highlight Downtown Winter Haven apartment building RainGarden at their 2016 convention in Palm Beach, Fla. Miami-based design firm, [Strang] Architecture, will received the “Merit Award for Masonry in Design” for their work on RainGarden, just one of three award-winning projects the firm will be recognized for during the awards event.
The AIA Florida/Caribbean Honor & Design Awards Program is Florida’s most prestigious awards program for the architectural profession. The awards are given each year to members to encourage excellence in architecture, to elevate public consciousness of good design, and to recognize those owners, designers, and contractors whose work enriches the built environment.
The RainGarden Apartments were completed by Six/Ten in 2014 and represent Downtown Winter Haven’s first multifamily development in over 25 years.
Max Strang, a Winter Haven native, designed the building one block from Central Avenue to continue the legacy of modern architecture in his hometown. RainGarden is just one of many residential projects Strang has designed. In 2013, he received the Silver Medal for Design, the highest honor from the Miami chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Earlier this year, he was elevated to the AIA’s prestigious College of Fellows, a program which calls attention to certain architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.
By: Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Business Blog
The April 2016 issue of Southeast Real Estate Business included an article about the multifamily and commercial real estate markets in Winter Haven. The piece, authored by real estate strategist Jim Cooper, demonstrates the growth and expansion opportunities in this area. Read below for the full story.
New Commercial Projects, I-4 Corridor Growth Transforming Winter Haven
BY: Jim Cooper, Real Estate Strategist
Located to the west of Orlando, the city of Winter Haven is fulfilling the recent projections for the growth of the I-4 corridor between the Orlando and Tampa metro areas. Known as the “City of 100 Lakes,” Winter Haven has more than 50 miles of lakefront within its city limits and is undergoing a rapid transformation, proving the I-4 pundits correct.
Recent developments have attracted attention to the city and sparked new multifamily and commercial projects. These attractions include the completion of the CSX intermodal terminal, the leader for an 8.5 million-square-foot distribution center development as well as the opening of the newest member of the Florida University system, Florida Polytechnic, which focuses on STEM education and was designed by the noted architect Santiago Calatrava. Merlin Entertainment has also continued expansion of its Legoland resort (located within the city’s limits). Additionally, Inland Fiber and Data Park, a complex comprised of five city blocks, five buildings and more than a quarter-of-a-million square feet, has undergone a 200,000-square-foot expansion in the city’s downtown area, at the nexus of all major fiber optic network providers in Florida.
These powerful components have attracted national residential developers to capitalize on Winter Haven’s reasonable land prices and projected 3 to 5 percent population growth. Among the latest multifamily projects, Pinnacle Housing Group recently completed development of a 70-unit, mid-rise apartment complex, which was completely rented in its opening week. Jim Lentz, developer of the 11,000-acre Harmony, 10 miles south of Orlando in Kissimmee, has also recently acquired 300 acres in Winter Haven to develop up to 1,500 units of mixed, market rate housing and resort lodging. The possibility of developing market rate housing at 15 to 20 percent less than comparable housing in Tampa and Orlando, and satisfying the needs of a bedroom community as well as providing an urbanist lifestyle, is drawing great interest to the city.
One of Winter Haven’s newest multifamily developments is RainGarden Apartments. This AIA award winning nine-unit townhouse apartment project, designed by noted Miami architect Max Strang, is now fully occupied with rents in the $1.25 per square foot range. A similar apartment complex, in the contiguous downtown block, is currently in the pre-development phase with the expectation of achieving similar rental rates. Additionally, Six/Ten LLC, which owns approximately 400,000 square feet of mixed use assets in Winter Haven, has recently joint ventured with 100 Lakes Homes, LLC, an active local residential development group, to redevelop the 50-unit apartment complex Lake Shore Club, with plans to add an additional 25 units in the near future. Six/Ten has also contracted to acquire a downtown site and is reviewing development options for a 60 to 70-unit midrise apartment building.
Adding to this burst of new multifamily activity, the recent redevelopment of the city’s 1920s era downtown region has brought retail, banking and new office tenants who appreciate the vibrant atmosphere and walkable urban community. Businesses and entrepreneurs are taking notice of this shift and taking advantage of the increased foot traffic downtown. One example involves a once-dilapidated city block containing a 5,700-square-foot historic, industrial building that is being transformed to house Winter Haven’s first craft beer brewery.
This activity downtown has encouraged developer Tom Wolf Co, LLC to contract to acquire the 27,000-square-foot BB&T Bank building, located on 2.5 acres on Winter Haven’s Third Street, with plans to retrofit and reposition the space for professional offices. On Central Avenue, another 8,000-square-foot building has recently been leased to Polk County’s largest law firm and is currently being retrofitted. Activity of this sort has seen downtown office market rental rates increase during the past few years, approximately 25 percent reaching $18 NNN.
Further activity, including the announcement of a $55 million addition to Baycare’s Winter Haven hospital complex and continued growth of the Bond and Gessler Clinics, as well as the improving office occupancy, illustrates the need for quality market rate housing and is encouraging due diligence by outside developers.
The city’s growth can also be attributed to the advocacyefforts of Winter Haven City management, a very active local Economic Development Council, the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce and the leadership of Winter Haven Main Street. These groups are just a few of the numerous resources in place who have assisted and encouraged downtown development.
No longer a quiet 9 to 5 city, the vibrancy of a multitude of quality restaurants, fun and entertaining music venues and cultural draws, such as The Derry Down (Gram Parson’s original music club) and Theatre Winter Haven, have made Winter Haven an evening destination resulting in greater interest for downtown living and real estate opportunities.
About the author:
Jim Cooper has more than 50 years of real estate experience and has developed, owned and managed in excess of 10 million square feet of properties.