FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Fagan 407.246.3423
Cassandra Lafser (407) 246-2182
Amway Arena to Be Imploded to Make Way
for Creative Village
On Sunday, March 25 at approximately 7:30 a.m. significant portions of
the Amway Arena will be imploded paving the way for the development at
the Creative Village site.
The demolition contractor, Sonny Glasbrenner, Inc. will work with Dykon
Explosive Demolition Corp. to implode the roof and the center of the
building inward using a series of controlled explosives over a span of
approximately 10 to 15 seconds. The implosion will entail a series of
“bangs” similar to what you might hear during a July 4th firework
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 then be conventionally demolished.
WHAT SURROUNDING BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS SHOULD EXPECT:
Depending on weather conditions, the explosions may be heard for
After the implosion, it could take approximately 60 minutes for the dust
to settle. Residential units and businesses within a few blocks of the
arena are advised to close windows and doors, turn off air conditioning
units and close air intakes during and for up to an hour after the
Roads will be closed around the project site beginning at 5:00 a.m. and
ending by 9:30 a.m. on the morning of 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.
*Map with road closures is attached
Sunday, March 25, 2012
5:00 a.m. -- Residents should expect road closures around the project
site for several hours beginning at 5:00 a.m. on the date of the
implosion. *Map Attached
6:00 – 7:00 a.m. – Media availability with demolition team
6:30 a.m. -- Media and local residents who wish to view the planned
implosion of the Amway Arena should plan to arrive at the designated
viewing location no later than 6:00 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – Initiate the planned implosion is set for 7:30 a.m.
*Weather conditions or other security concerns could delay the start
The airspace within a half-mile radius of the Amway Arena will be closed
during the demolition. No media helicopters will be permitted within the
no-fly zone during the implosion.
600 West Amelia Street
A viewing area for the media and members of the community who wish to
see the implosion will be staged on Colonial Drive on the north side of
Media only parking will be available on Lake Dot Circle near Colonial
What is the Creative Village?
The Creative Village builds upon the success of Orlando’s digital media
industry by transforming the former site of the 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. Creative Village fosters a “live,
work, learn and play” lifestyle while bringing exciting opportunities to
the Parramore area.
The City of Orlando entered into a public/private partnership with
Creative Village Development, LLC (CVD) to redevelop the project site.
When complete, this high quality, sustainable neighborhood development
will support a diverse and dynamic mix of uses including 900,000 –
1,000,000 square feet of office/creative space, 300,000 – 500,000 square
feet of higher education space, 25,000 square feet of k-12 education
space, 1,200 – 1,500 residential units, 125,000 – 150,000 square feet of
retail/commercial space and 150 – 200 hotel rooms..