ABOVE; 334 N. Donnelly Street went under contract today
Well, it didn’t take long. In fact, it only took four days for eager buyers to snatch up the perfectly located building and parking lot located at 334 N. Donnelly Street in downtown Mount Dora. The asking price was $2.5 million.
The buyers, Michael Ross and Peter Burgess, are not new to Mount Dora real estate. WIth the help of their hard-working agent, Dawn Williams, the couple has made several savvy real estate investments in the city over the years that include the two-story building next door, previously The Lost Parrot, and the building across the street that features successful tenants like Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant and Mount Dora Olive Oil Company. The acquisition of 334 N. Donnelly Street along with the narrow private alley between it and the former Lost Parrot building allows Burgess and Ross to expand their recently announced Mount Dora Marketplace concept to almost 9,000 square feet, making it more comparable to Plant Street Market in Winter Garden. The anxiously awaited marketplace is scheduled to open by the end of this summer.
The forward-thinking threesome plan to connect the 4,500 square-foot marketplace at the corner of Donnelly and Fourth Avenue to the 4,400 square-foot building under contract by enclosing the alley to create a walk-through beer garden. So far, 12 carefully curated artisanal food vendors from 72 applicants have been selected for the two-story building. The smaller building at 334 N, Donnelly Street will feature some of the quality vendors that couldn’t be accommodated in the original space.
“We have the most amazing vendors ever!,” said Williams, who along with Ross and Burgess, painstakingly vetted the businesses according to their quality, variety, vision and existing following in order to build a well-balanced community inside the market.
Mount Dora Marketplace will be anchored by The Filling Station a craft beer bar. Other businesses already committed to space inside the market are Nosh deli, White Orchid plant and flower retailer, Ceviche Mix, and a juice and mimosa bar. There will also be plenty of decadent dessert vendors like Kathy’s Cupcakes, Yumm Popsicles, Nicole Macaron, Aunt Gingibread’s Bakery, plus a French crepery. The popular Benji’s Donuts of Plant Street Market in Winter Garden will open a large space upstairs.
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