Business group eyes site for 900-unit housing project near Orlando Citrus Bowl
As more than $1 billion in sports- and arts-related complexes are in the works in downtown Orlando, a group of business leaders is looking to bring some new life to a struggling neighborhood nearby.
So said Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan during a tour of downtown as part of the Urban Land Institute Florida Statewide Summit on June 12.
Hogan joined Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City Soccer President Phil Rawlinsduring a pre-tour presentation at Amway Center to share the latest on some of downtown’s biggest projects, including the $500 million-plus Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts set to debut in November, $200 million in renovations underway at the Orlando Citrus Bowl and plans to get started on a $110 million Major League Soccer stadium.
Hogan said he’s part of a group called LIFT Orlando, a business-led effort to provide economic opportunities to the struggling, historic neighborhoods near the Citrus Bowl. And one of the biggest needs in the area is mixed-use housing, so the group has targeted a site that has been shuttered and taken over by Fannie Mae that could offer the opportunity for a 900-unit development.
“We want to get that going in the shadow of the stadium,” Hogan told the group.
Read more about the LIFT Orlando group here.
The presentation was followed by a hard-hat tour of the performing arts center, including a walk through the main building that will serve as the gathering place for all events, a building that is mostly glass with little drywall and sans color, along with a close-up look at the “Wave Wall” — a feature that will allow for a variety of colors, lights, logos and photos to be displayed based on what the center is celebrating or featuring.
We also got to walk inside the 2,700-seatWalt Disney Theater, the 300-seat Alexis &Jim Pugh Community Theater and the back of the house area, known as “The Alley.”