Southport (NTC McCoy Annex): A Brief
World War II until the 1990’s, the area now known as
Southport was used for military purposes. When
the McCoy Air Force Base closed in 1971, its runways,
hangars and control towers were conveyed to the City of
Orlando and became Orlando International Airport.
But the 840 acre personnel support and housing areas
located west of the runways was transferred to the Orlando
Naval Training Center (NTC), and became the NTC McCoy Annex.
For the next two decades the McCoy Annex served as
the primary housing, recreation and support area for
personnel stationed at NTC Orlando.
Base Closure and Reuse
The Federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC)
identified NTC Orlando for closure in July 1993.
Upon notice of the final decision of the BRAC, Mayor
appointed a Base Reuse Commission, made up of Central
Florida business and government leaders, to guide the
transition to other uses that support local economic goals
and community development.
closure and redevelopment planning process is a community
based, proactive approach that established direction for
redevelopment and reuse of the NTC facilities and
properties. The effort consists of four stages:
1) Base Reuse Plan; 2) Business and Development Plan;
3) Urban Design Vision Plan; and 4) Selection of a
NTC McCoy Annex Base Reuse Plan
Base Reuse Plan is a document prepared by the local
community and approved by the Navy to guide transition of
base property and facilities to other uses that support
local goals for economic and community development.
The approved Base Reuse Plan was used by the Navy as
the basis for their environmental cleanup plans for McCoy
Annex and other NTC properties. For more
info, see the NTC closure and reuse section of NTC
Main Base - A Brief History. The
Annex Reuse Plan Map was adopted by the City in December 1994. It
included reuse of most of the family housing units
originally built by the Air Force (which have since become
of Southport), and retained most of the existing
recreational facilities on the site, including ball fields,
tennis courts, and the golf course.
Another important feature
of the plan was a 173-acre multimodal transportation
facility to be located in the central portion of the property.
The multimodal facility was an industrial park proposed by the
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) that would have
incorporated warehouse / distribution, shipping and receiving,
freight forwarding and other facilities so that goods and
services could be exchanged among truck, rail, and air
Original Reuse Plan
Conditions After the Reuse Plan
In the years following the adoption of the Base Reuse Plan, GOAA
determined that the multimodal facility would not be viable at
this site. In March 2000, GOAA submitted a revised plan to
the federal government, reducing its request for property to
about 50 acres near Tradeport Drive. In November 2000 the
remaining 110 acres was transferred to the City for
Parks Master Plan
The City completed a Parks Master Plan for over 240
acres of park land at Southport in early 2000, and the first
phase of this property transfer occurred in September of
that same year. Construction of the Southport
Community Park was completed in the summer of 2002.
This park is part of the Mayor's city-wide parks
initiative, announced in June 1999.
Southport/McCoy Annex Vision Plan
During 2001-2002 the City worked closely with residents of
the Villages of Southport and the consultant team of
Glatting-Jackson to update the Base Reuse Plan for the McCoy
Annex to take into account several of the unforeseen changes
that had taken place since the 1994 adoption of the original
plan. The first draft of the updated
plan, called the Southport / McCoy Annex Vision Plan, was
completed in August 2001, and revised plan was ready by
The City had expected to use the Southport Vision Plan as
the basis for selecting a development team for the remaining
217 acres of City-owned property, but these efforts were
delayed by several factors. The most
significant delays were caused by: 1)
negotiations between the City and the Navy concerning
clean-up of environmental contamination at the McCoy Annex;
and 2) a desire by the City and the
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) to exchange
several properties in the Southport area to facilitate
redevelopment as proposed in the Southport Vision Plan.
early 2006, the issues delaying progress on implementation
of the Southport Vision Plan were finally resolved. To
take these latest changed conditions into account, the City
prepared a Final Update of the
Southport Vision Plan in June 2006. In the
coming months, the City will issue a Request For Proposals
(RFP) for a development team to take on the 217 acres of
City property. We hope that this final phase of
redevelopment will be as successful as the Villages of
Southport project has been.
Final Vision Plan
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