• After months of negotiations and hints that 55 West condos, downtown Orlando will be partially bought out by a major hotel company, word on the street is that the deal fell through – and they are back to the drawing board.

    55 West, Downtown Orlando

    55 West, Downtown Orlando

    However in the Orlando Sentinel this morning, Bob Hensley, the developer overseeing 55 West for the Dutch bank that foreclosed on it last year apparently hopes they are only a few weeks away from announcing a new deal to bring a major hotel to the tower.

    “We’re just kind of in limbo right now,” Hensley said. “We’ve got proposals on the table.”

    Apparently, the hotel would take about 300 of the room, leaving about 260 condo for sale – or rent.

    Condo Metropolis was told from a reliable source that “They are going to be leasing the units for long term lease and sell when the market turns.”

    The top three floors originally designed as penthouses are apparently being left unfinished in the hope that someone will buy them to use as office space.

    And what of the buyer deposits that were put down months ago?

    “We’ve returned everyone’s deposits,” Hensley said.

    What a mess. What a shame. What a magnificent building.

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