Winter Haven's historic downtown Forum Center is transforming into The Hoffman Building thanks to an investor's infusion of cash and appreciation for the past.
Recently acquired by the 6/10 Corporation
, the 57-year-old building housed Florida's historic Hoffman's Department store in the late 1930s.
With renovations currently underway, including interior and exterior improvements such as a new paint, carpet, landscaping and the addition of a common conference room, the work planned on the new and improved 8,800-square-foot Hoffman Building is slated for completion by Fall of 2011.
“The presence of the Hoffman Building have been contributing to the Winter Haven area by bringing new professional businesses into downtown,” says Angela Harwell, broker for the 6/10 Corporation. “We are pleased with the response to our improvements with regard to leasing activity.”
Purchased in June for $363,800, the Hoffman Building's first-floor executive suites have already been leased. Only second-floor offices remain vacant. The building's location at 39 Third St. in historic downtown Winter Haven
is expected to be a significant contributor to neighborhood retail businesses and restaurants.
Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Angela Harwell, 6/10 Corporation