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Like the venues, SunRail, and many other long-term projects in our city, it seems as if we have been talking about the Creative Village for a decade — and we have — but good things come to those who wait.
Ground is now breaking on simultaneous projects in the area, which encompasses 68 acres around the site of the former Amway Arena. These projects will enhance higher education opportunities in our community while establishing a new downtown destination and gathering place for all of us to enjoy.
The Creative Village is located north of Robinson, east of Parramore, south of West Colonial and west of I-4, making it a neighbor to our College Park neighborhood.
With that in mind, I want to provide you a quick update on everything that is happening and invite your input as projects go before the recently formed Creative Village Development Review Committee (CVDRC). The CVDRC, comprised of qualified city staff and a member of the public who is an urban designer and landscape architect, will serve as the public advisory board to the Orlando City Council on all Creative Village projects. They will be a voting board whose meetings are open to the public, and speakers are welcome.
As you know, the downtown campus for University of Central Florida and Valencia College will kick off the Creative Village development program. With a $20 million investment from the state of Florida, this is a great example of how partnerships have truly cemented Orlando’s amazing forward trajectory.
The groundbreaking event will be held Thursday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend and celebrate this new gateway to higher education, which will open for students in August 2019.
On the first day of classes, UCF and Valencia anticipate enrolling 7,700 students at the downtown campus, bringing vibrancy to this area of downtown.
Alongside the construction of the first phase of the UCF/Valencia campus, there will be several other projects under construction in Creative Village:
- The student housing building will be located at the northwest corner of Terry Avenue and W. Livingston Street and will provide home to 600 students, academic support space and ground-floor retail.
- Amelia Court, located on the east side of Parramore Avenue between W. Amelia Street and Concord Street, will include 256 multi-family units, of which 104 units are affordable housing, and will be constructed within two structures.
- A market-rate apartment building will also be constructed at the southwest corner of W. Amelia Street and Terry Avenue and will include ground-floor retail.
- Central Park, generally located along the east side of Terry Avenue between W. Amelia Street and W. Livingston Street, will be constructed by August 2019.
- W. Livingston Street will be completed between Terry Avenue and Parramore Avenue.
To read more about all things Creative Village, visit cityoforlando.net/economic/creative-village and creativevillagedevelopment.com.
This is an exciting time in our City. Please join us May 11 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new downtown campus.