Valencia College Puts Historic Chicone Building on the Market
- Sep 23, 2012
By Georgiana Mihaila, Associate Editor
After purchasing a Metrowest property that will assist Valencia College in centralizing and economizing its key administrative functions, Valencia Foundation is offering its historic Chicone Building for sale or competitive lease.
Lincoln Property Company has been selected to market the property located in the corner of what realtors refer to as “Main and Main”—at Church Street and Orange Avenue. Also known as Valencia Downtown Center, the property offers a prestigious address at 190 South Orange Avenue, outstanding access to downtown nightlife and a bit of timeless charm. The 28,716-square-foot space can potentially be used for residences or offices and also is well-suited for ground-floor retail, as it once housed a pharmacy.
Constructed in 1930, the building is a notable part of Orlando’s downtown history. It is an Orlando Historic Landmark included in the Downtown Historical Preservation District and a regular stop on walking tours. West Orange’s iconic philanthropist Jerry Chicone and his family offered the building to the foundation at a very significant discount, in the form of a generous donation. In 1980, the building became known as the Valencia Downtown Center.
Valencia’s building evokes the influences of ancient Egypt and has an Art Deco flair. The original brass and terrazzo staircase leads from the first floor to the second. Hidden staircases offer emergency exits out of the building, and a basement offers additional storage space.
“We are excited to have landed this assignment and to be marketing a property that is close to the hearts of so many Orlando residents,” said Joe Rossi, senior vice president of investment sales at Lincoln Property. “It is a special building in a hard-to-beat location, and we look forward to talking with potential buyers about it.”
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