By Anjali Fluker | BizJournals.com
Winter Park developer Dan Bellows is ready to put his mostly unused commercial property to work for him.
Bellows — who owns a 2-acre site with plenty of parking and a small but popular 65-year-old bar that doesn’t serve food next door — is gearing up to launch a new round-the-clock food truck gathering spot. The Winter Park Street Food Truck Stop is open for truckers now at 1127 N. Orlando Ave., but will have a formal debut the first week of November.
Bellows — who is best known for redeveloping Winter Park’s Hannibal Square district and who is planning a large-scale, mixed-use project dubbed Ravadauge in Orange County and the cities of Maitland and Winter Park — is shifting gears on his business plan on this site. He charges food trucks a monthly fee in return for amenities and a permanent space to park and serve food all day and night. That’s a welcome offer for some trucks that just a couple of months ago were banned from their usual daily stops in some Orange County fuel station parking lots after code enforcement officials fined one property owner for having trucks on property.
The city of Orlando allows truckers with catering and mobile vendor licenses, but the county doesn’t allow the same privileges, truckers said.
So Bellows stepped in to offer the truckers a chance at daily business. He charges the mobile vendors $350 on a month-to-month basis and provides them with power, ice, restrooms, an oil dumping station and a gray water dumping station. Additionally, U-Haul sells propane right next door “so all the needs of the truck operators are taken care of,” he said.