The 68-acre Creative Village is emerging in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Creative Village is anchored by the nation’s newest, innovative urban campus, UCF and Valencia Downtown, and integrates affordable and market-rate housing with new office space for high-tech, digital media and creative companies. Creative Village brings new housing, educational and career opportunities for our residents.
Because education opens doors and eliminates barriers to opportunity for everyone, nearly 15 acres of the Creative Village has been designated for the new UCF and Valencia College Downtown Campus which will bring 7,700 students to the heart of downtown when it opens in fall of 2019. The campus will bring students to the doorstep of the region’s emerging industries for a one-of-a-kind, immersive educational opportunity. Cradle to Career opportunities are a key priority for the city and as such, the Creative Village is also adjacent to the new 14-acre OCPS Academic Center for Excellence which serves preschool through eighth grade students and OCPS Orange Technical College and the Florida A&M Law School are both within a five-minute walk.
A key component of the Creative Village is to bring a new mix of affordable, attainable and market-rate housing to the community. Nearly 800 new multifamily units plus a 600-bed student housing development are under construction. A key priority for the city is to bring new affordable housing options for our residents and of the units under construction or planned at Creative Village, 103 units/more than 12% will be affordable units.
A public private partnership in its truest form, Creative Village is a long-term partnership between the City of Orlando and its development partner Creative Village Development, LLC along with the University of Central Florida, Valencia College and other private developers to redevelop the 62-acre site of the former Amway Arena and Orlando CentroPlex.
Creative Village is one of the largest transit-oriented developments in the southeast United States, located adjacent to LYNX Central Station, SunRail and being served by the LYMMO bus rapid transit system. Creative Village residents, workers and students will be easily connected to jobs and opportunities throughout Downtown and all of Central Florida.
Creative Village Development, LLC
For more information on the project and to meet the Master Development team, please visit the Creative Village Development website: creativevillagedevelopment.com.
Kelly Moody, AICP, LEED AP
Chief Planner, Economic Development Department