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October 21, 2012

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING: On Monday, October 29, 2012, the City of Orlando will hold a public workshop at the Dr. J.B. Callahan Neighborhood Center, South Multipurpose Room, 101 North Parramore Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801 (407.246.4442). It will commence at 6:30 p.m. and continue no later than 7:30 p.m. This workshop will allow citizens to review a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Cleanup Grant application, a draft of the accompanying “Analysis for Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA)” and offer time for questions and comments.  The City of Orlando is currently applying for one (1) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Cleanup Grant for $200,000 to assist with remediation efforts at a City-owned site, which is situated in the Parramore neighborhood located north of West Livingston St., south of West Amelia St. and east of North Parramore Ave.  Email inquiries and comments to City Planner, Mary-Stewart Droege, at mary-stewart.droege@cityoforlando.net.  Please place “US EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant” in the subject line of the email. Paper copies of the application and the ABCA will be available at the public meeting or can be obtained online at http://www.cityoforlando.net/elected/venues/creativeupdate/index.htm after October 30, 2012. Qualified persons with disabilities needing auxiliary aid, service or other assistance to participate equally in this meeting should contact Mary-Stewart Droege at 407.246.3276 no later than 48 hours before the meeting.

March 12, 2012

Amway Arena Implosion Scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 7:30 a.m.

What Downtown and Parramore Residents and Businesses Need to Know

The City of Orlando has partnered with a development team, Creative Village Development, LLC, to redevelop the site of the former Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando into a 68-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented, urban infill neighborhood that will be home to leading higher-education providers; high-tech, digital media and creative companies; and a diverse mix of students, employees and residents.

To make way for future development at the Creative Village site, the Amway Arena is currently being demolished. As part of demolition, significant portions of the Amway Arena will be imploded on Sunday, March 25 at approximately 7:30 a.m.

This update is meant to provide you with an overview of demolition activities so that you may know what to expect, hear and see on the date of implosion.

When is the demolition and what does it entail?

Demolition work and related activities for the Amway Arena began in December 2011 and will take approximately six months. These activities are ongoing.

The demolition contractor plans to implode the center portion of the Amway Arena on Sunday, March 25 at approximately 7:30 a.m. using controlled explosives which will implode the building and roof inward. It will take approximately 10 to 15 seconds for the explosives to discharge. The implosion will entail a series of “bangs” similar to what you might hear during a 4th of July firework display.

Depending on weather conditions, the explosions may be heard for several blocks. When the implosion is over, the four corners of the arena and the columns that supported the roof system will still be standing. Those areas will be conventionally demolished by the contractor in the weeks to follow.

Implosion will be followed by a dust cloud as the building falls to the ground. Cleaning crews will immediately begin the process of cleaning streets, sidewalks, parking lots, tennis courts and other buildings immediately adjacent to the arena site.

Residents interested in viewing the implosion may see it live on Central Florida News 13.

Depending on weather conditions, the implosion could be postponed.

What should I do to prepare my home?

After the implosion, it may take an estimated 60 minutes for the dust to settle. Wind direction will be a factor as to where the dust settles so it is advisable for residential units within a few blocks of the Amway Arena to close windows and doors, turn off air conditioning units and close air intakes during and up to an hour after the implosion.

What should I do to prepare my business?

As a precaution, businesses, organizations and parking lots located within the area bound by Parramore Avenue, Livingston Street, Hughey Avenue and Concord Street should be completely vacant during the morning of implosion. Commercial buildings within a few blocks of the Amway Arena should close windows and doors, turn off air conditioning units and close air intakes during and up to an hour after the implosion.

Will roads be closed?

You should expect road closures around the Arena site beginning at 5 a.m. and for several hours following on Sunday, March 25 to prepare for and clean-up after the implosion. Expected road closures include: Parramore Avenue between Robinson Street and Colonial Drive, Concord Street and Amelia Street between Parramore Avenue and Hughey Avenue, Hughey Avenue between Colonial Drive and Livingston Street, and Livingston Street between Hughey Avenue and Parramore Avenue. Accommodations will be made for guests of the Sheraton Hotel.

Take a live look at the Amway Arena/Creative Village site or view the attached PDFs for more information regarding the Creative Village project and ParramoreDT.

January 5, 2012

In late December, the City’s development partner, Creative Village Development, LLC selected the demolition contractor who will manage the deconstruction of the Amway Arena to make way for the construction and development of the Creative Village.

The demolition contractor plans to demolish the Amway Arena using explosives which will implode the building and roof inward. The contractor feels this method will be the most time and cost effective way to demolish the building. The demolition contractor is also committed to pioneering this demolition in the safest manner possible.

Over the next two months, the contactor will work on the interior of the building preparing it for implosion sometime in March 2012. You may see some activity outside the building as well as the demolition contractor prepares for deconstruction.

Demolition of the Amway Arena is one step toward fulfilling the vision for Parramore’s Creative Village and creating a place where high-tech companies and their employees want to locate and live. Again, studies estimate that the Creative Village will create 6,500 jobs during construction and 5,000 permanent jobs at build-out.

Please come back and visit often to stay engaged and informed throughout the demolition process and future development plans.

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