Orlando Housing Authority Public Meetings
Scheduled for Wednesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 18 at the J.B.
Callahan Neighborhood Center. Read more here:
What is the
Village builds on 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 in the heart of Downtown Orlando while bringing exciting
opportunities to the Parramore area.
The City of Orlando
entered into a public/private partnership with Creative Village
Development, LLC 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.
Why is it important to me?
Village means new jobs at a time when our community desperately needs
them. The job creation study for the Creative Village estimates an
additional 6,500 jobs in the local economy during the construction
period. At buildout, there will be close to 5,000 permanent jobs, with
more than 8,000 total Creative Village related jobs in the local
live in Parramore… The Creative Village will help support
Parramore through targeted redevelopment activities designed to
improve the neighborhood’s existing public recreational facilities,
upgrade or rebuild the educational facilities in the Parramore
neighborhood and introduce a new mix of affordable, attainable and
market rate residential units to the community. In addition, the
development includes plans for parks, green space and future
neighborhood services such as a grocery, drug store, full service
banking options and greater access to health care.
live Downtown… The Creative Village will build on Downtown
Orlando’s burgeoning digital media industry by providing a unique
platform to attract businesses, universities, workers and students
to a place that is tailor-made for their creative lifestyles.
live in Orlando… The Creative Village will generate more than
$10 million in annual property tax revenues to support City
services. In addition, the Creative Village will have a daytime
population of roughly 10,000 professionals, students, residents and
visitors. The Creative Village will become a new destination for
Central Floridians to enjoy as a new urban neighborhood anchored by
education and serving the creative class. There will be new parks
and green spaces as well as industry-leading sustainable development
practices. Above all, having this unique platform to attract new
businesses will diversify our economy, which benefits our entire
Parramore and Creative Village
visitors and residents will also have greater access to public
transportation. The Creative Village is adjacent to LYNX Central
Station which will be the primary station in Downtown Orlando for
the future SunRail commuter rail line which is expected to begin
service in 2014. Creative Village development plans also involve the
expansion of the LYNX LYMMO bus circulator system which will serve
Creative Village, Parramore and the west side of Downtown Orlando
with service expected to begin in 2013. Proximity to SunRail and
LYNX Central Station will provide Creative Village and Parramore
with improved regional access to jobs, education, social services,
government facilities, entertainment, civic and cultural assets and
many other opportunities.
What can I
expect to see on the site over the next 60, 90 days and year?
the next 60 to 90 days… Crews will sort and recycle demolition
material. The building’s concrete will be crushed and stored on site
for future use within the Creative Village development. Finally, the
Amway Arena site will be graded and covered with a layer of soil and
grass seed so that the finished product will be a fenced green
the next year… After the demolition of the Amway Arena is
complete, construction will begin on the neighborhood street grid
system as part of the first phase of ground-level improvements at
the Creative Village and in the surrounding Parramore neighborhood.
This work is being funded by a Transportation Investment Generating
Economic Recovery II (TIGER II) grant. The Creative Village TIGER II
grant award represents an important vote of confidence in the
project from the federal government.
The scope of work
also involves the expansion of the LYNX LYMMO bus circulator system to
serve Creative Village, Parramore and the west side of Downtown Orlando.