Author: Nick Robinson
Published June 11, 2014
June 10th, 2014 – The iconic Concord Square in Ocala’s downtown business district is getting a fresh face on the back and sides. Renovations began Monday and will continue for roughly 7 weeks. The entire back portion of the block including the sides will be refinished with smooth stucco, brick stamping and new paint to give the block a modern look and feel. The buildings are being renovated in anticipation of the future “Gas Light District” which is part of the city’s 2035 comprehensive plan and will bring a total renovation of the city owned parking lot directly to the north of Concord Square. When complete, the roadway between Concord Square and the city owned parking lot will be converted from a 2 lane street, to a 1 lane street and will encompass gas lanterns as well as trees and curbing to “soften” the street-scape.
The renovation of Concord Square comes at the perfect time as the commercial real estate market is making its rebound and companies are looking at leasing new office space and expanding their businesses. The growing trend for businesses to be more centralized was part of the reason for the renovation project as the owner of Concord Square has almost 35,000 square feet of space that is currently available for lease. Long standing tenants within the 8 building complex are Brick City Cafe, 11 East Bar & Lounge, the Department of Corrections Probation Office, and the multi-tenant Concord Building itself.
Coordinating the renovation project is Coldwell Banker Commercial Ellison Realty’s Nick Robinson. He is also the leasing agent for the remaining vacant spaces. The contractor is Bowden Construction Services, LLC, and Landscape Architecture Group provided design renderings. Concord Parking, LLC, the building’s owner, worked with Coldwell Banker Commercial Ellison Realty to oversee the project and use the money from the City of Ocala’s facade grant program for part of the funding. The project is due to be complete by mid July.