What is the Creative Village?
Creative Village is a collaborative effort between the City and the selected master developer, Creative Village Development, LLC (CVD), to reinvent the former Centroplex area of Downtown Orlando. This 68-acre redevelopment site is home to Creative Village, Orlando’s newest Innovation District. The vision for Creative Village is to be an new mixed use, urban Innovation District that will be home to the UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown shared campus with over 7,700 students, a magnet for high-tech and creative businesses to locate, and a residential neighborhood where residents can live, work, learn, and play. This Innovation District will further strengthen Orlando as a high tech destination, as well as build a powerful mechanism for creating jobs for the future.
How was the master developer for Creative Village chosen?
When the new Amway Center opened in October 2010, the former Amway Arena and Orlando Centroplex became vacant. Seeing the opportunity ahead for this key location in Downtown, the City issued a Request for Proposals from interested master developers to bring the City’s vision to life. The City’s selection committee reviewed the applications and made a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council reviewed the applications and moved to select Creative Village Development, LLC (CVD) as the master developer.
Why is it important for us?
In pursuit of a more diverse and dynamic economy, the City’s goal is to bolster the long-term health of our City as well as generate new, high-quality, high-wage jobs for our residents. For most of the past decade, the City of Orlando has worked incredibly hard to diversify the local economy by expanding the footprint of “next generation” industries such as digital media, modeling and simulation in Central Florida. This effort has resulted in the creation of a growing digital media cluster in Downtown Orlando, which includes UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy. The Creative Village will build upon this existing digital media foundation by creating a unique platform to attract jobs and investment to a place that is tailor-made for their creative businesses and lifestyles.
Will it mean jobs? What kind of jobs?
The Creative Village means new jobs. The Creative Village will act as a magnet to attract new companies outside of Orlando and be the “place to be” for local startups and existing businesses. The companies that choose to call the Creative Village home will need a high-tech workforce to support them. These companies will also need support staff and other non-technical employees.
Equally as important as the jobs in those companies will be the jobs that come from the development of the neighborhood in terms of retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings. The selected development team has identified a strategy for implementing the City’s Blueprint to ensure that local firms and residents have an opportunity to benefit from the implementation of the project.
What if I don’t want a high-tech job and don’t live in the neighborhood? Why does it matter to me?
The Creative Village will be another downtown destination for all of Central Florida’s residents. It will include retail and restaurants, as well as parks and walkable open spaces for all to enjoy. The Creative Village will also establish a variety of job opportunities for Orlando residents along with the high-tech jobs. Above all, having this unique platform to attract new businesses helps diversify our Central Florida economy, which helps everyone in the long run.
Will there be a chance for members of the community to ask questions and/or provide input?
The City has already benefited from considerable community input in helping to craft the overall vision for the Creative Village. Throughout the past several years, Parramore residents and leaders from the digital media industry have participated in neighborhood open houses, workshops and other interactive sessions designed to make sure everyone plays a part in shaping this emerging district of Downtown Orlando. That collaboration was, and continues to be, essential in creating the broad vision for the Creative Village, which guides the Master Developer as they plan for the future of the project.