On March 9, we broke ground on our new headquarters 1723 Bartow Rd in Lakeland, Florida. We are looking forward to our move from downtown Lakeland in the fall of this year. The new building, which is adjacent to McDonald’s and the Grove Park Publix Shopping Center, will house about 50 of our advisors and staff.
In addition to the SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler team, the Central Florida Development Council (CFDC) is leasing part of the new complex and has already relocated in the new space. The complex has three buildings. Our brokerage will occupy one building, and the CFDC will lease the other. The building that connects those two, which was once the main entrance, will now be the CFDC’s large meeting room referred to as the Annex. Read the CFDC’s full announcement about their move here.
“We’ve experienced rapid growth in recent years creating a need for not only more space but smarter space. Our new headquarters will feature multi-functional meeting rooms, and shared and private workspaces, and an art gallery to highlight our original Florida art.”
– Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM, Founder, Managing Director & Senior Advisor
A Little Background
The building was originally designed by Gene Leedy, an architect known for unique features such precast concrete and structural double T-beams. Plans for the remodeled building include exposing the original T-beams by removing the facade and adding a glass atrium to the front of the building.
The new architectural designs to remodel the building to highlight its original signature features and add modern flair have been created by architect Marlon Lynn. Gannon Olmbert of A&O Construction is managing the build out.
Beyond providing more space, amenities and modern design, the new building’s location characteristics are strong in terms of demographics. According to Gary Ralston, CCIM, SIOR, managing director and senior advisor, there are almost 100,000 people and 4,500 businesses with 56,000 employees within 10 minutes of the new location. Within 60 minutes, there are almost 3 million people, 95,000 businesses, and 1.15 million employees.
“I am very excited as to the direction our company is taking and as the economy expands, we will expand with it. We feel very fortunate that the Central Florida Development Council will be joining us at our new location and I know this will be a great move for both companies.”
– R. Todd Dantzler, CCIM, Managing Director & Senior Advisor
“Our new office is a strategic location on US Highway 98,” said Ralston. “Being just 2 miles from the Polk Parkway and 5 miles to I-4 puts us in a great position.”
– Gary Ralston, Managing Director & Senior Advisor