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The development is comprised of a 13-story building containing 363 residential units with approximately 6,800 sq. ft. of retail space. The project will feature a six-level parking garage, deck, resort-style pool, outdoor cooking area/bar/lounge, and more than 7,000 sq. ft. of indoor leasing and amenity space, including a resident's lounge, state-of-the-art fitness center, club/game room, dog spa, and business center.

Ace Cafe Orlando, the first North American location of the celebrated London-based motor-diner and the sixth Ace Cafe in the world, rolled its doors open in May 2017. The 35,000-square-foot dining, entertainment, and retail destination reinvigorates a key parcel in Downtown Orlando now known as “Ace Corner,” where it expects to draw more than 400,000 people annually.

Ace Cafe Orlando spans two floors and features a full-service restaurant, two kitchens, four bars, a coffee bar, a communal counter, a mezzanine that overlooks the main floor dining area and stage, and private and semi-private spaces for groups both large and small. The Ace is also family-friendly, complete with shareable appetizers, fresh super food salads, gluten-free options, and a children’s menu, not to mention all the eye-catching cool cars and bikes on display on any given day.

Since 1938, Ace Cafe London has been a mecca for those passionate about cars, bikes and rock ’n roll culture. The original location on London’s North Circular Road began as a roadside cafe for truckers, then evolved into a popular destination for rock ‘n roll-loving teens riding motorbikes during the '50s and '60s. Today, the Ace has a multi-generational appeal among motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world. Other Ace Cafe locations around the globe include London, Lahti, Beijing, Lucerne and Barcelona.

TheAmway Centerreplaced the Amway Arena in 2010. The new center is twice the size of the old arena and has transformed the neighborhood while incorporating sustainable design.

Citi Tower is situated on approximately 0.704 acre subject site. The development includes a 21-story, 235-unit multi-family building with 22,300 sq. ft. of ground floor and mezzanine level retail and a 265-space, five-level integrated parking garage. The 21st floor includes an amenity area with a pool for residents.

Creative Village builds on the success of Orlando’s technology and innovation economy by transforming 68-acres of city-owned land into a mixed-use, transit oriented, urban Innovation District anchored by the regional headquarters for Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) and UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown alongside other high-tech and creative companies and a diverse mix of students, employees and residents.

Project Overview

When complete, this high quality, sustainable neighborhood development will represent a diverse and dynamic mix of uses including:

  • Up to 1,200,000 square feet of office/creative space
  • 750,000 square feet of higher education space
  • 1,500 residential units, 1,500 student housing beds
  • 150,000 square feet of retail/commercial space and 225 hotel rooms

Phase I Development Underway or Committed

Phase I is under construction and represents nearly $690 million in investment with over 350,000 square feet of higher education space, 175,000 square feet of office space, 965 multifamily units, and approximately 600 student housing beds being delivered between 2019-2021.

Amelia Court at Creative Village, which opened in July 2019, is a $60 million 256-unit multi-family housing community at the corner of Parramore Avenue between Amelia and Concord Streets. The development was the first to open in Creative Village, bringing new market rate and affordable housing options to the Parramore neighborhood and Creative Village.

Central Park at Creative Village will be a new approximately 2.5-acre city-owned and managed park that provides opportunities for students residents and visitors to gather, play and enjoy the outdoors. The park design includes a level open space area for events or unorganized recreation, landscaped areas shaded with canopy trees, various types of seating, trash receptacles, functional and decorative lighting, and hardscaped areas for performance and/or future art installation. Construction on the park is expected to be complete in 2020.

Being developed by Mill Creek Residential, Modera at Creative Village is a nearly $75 million 292-unit market rate apartment development with a 335-space parking garage and 11,000 SF ground-floor commercial space. Construction is expected to begin in late 2019 or early 2020 with construction taking approximately 18 months.

The Julian Apartments is a 14-story, $108 million, 409-unit market rate apartment tower with 6,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space and a 570-space parking garage. The project amenities include a rooftop swimming pool, clubhouse and fitness center, a dog wash, an amenity deck and large collaboration spaces on each residential floor. Construction is expected to be complete in mid-2020. The Julian is being co-developed by Ustler Development, Inc. and The Allen Morris Company and represents one of the largest privately financed office buildings in the history of Downtown Orlando.

The $66 million Dr. Phillips Academic Commons, which opened in August 2019, is the first new academic building for UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown and features four stories of active learning spaces, including classrooms, the downtown library, study and tutor spaces, a moot court and academic offices. The building is a state-of-the-art learning facility designed by Schenkel Schultz Architecture and Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

UnionWest at Creative Village is a $105 million mixed-use tower that includes 640 purpose-built student housing beds and 105,000 square feet of academic space for UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown and includes Valencia’s 50,000 square foot Walt Disney World Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts. UnionWest at Creative Village also has a 600-space parking garage and ground-floor retail tenants to include Qdoba Mexican Eats, Vera Asian, Subway, Dunkin’ and Addition Financial (formerly known as CFE Credit Union). UnionWest at Creative Village is being co-developed by Ustler Development, Inc. and DEVEN and represents one of the largest privately financed office buildings in the history of downtown Orlando.

This is phase 2 of the Church Street Plaza development. The new 32-story tower will include 2,500 square feet of ground floor retail, a flagship hotel with 209 hotel rooms, and a 60,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space. Church Street Plaza Phase 2 will also feature 19 residential units that could also be turned into hotel rooms, 210,500 square feet of office space, and an integrated SunRail station.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a vibrant performing arts and entertainment destination located in downtown Orlando. Site configuration allows for private development to surround the Dr. Phillips Center. The Walt Disney Theater, Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, and Seneff Arts Plaza opened November 2014. The second phase includes the Steinmetz Hall, an acoustical theater which will be the second-largest of the center's theaters. Completion for phase 2 is expected the first half of 2020.

Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) is moving their regional headquarters to Creative Village in the fall of 2021 and has signed a long-term lease for a nearly $60 million, privately developed, 175,940 square foot office building. With its relocation, EA will bring 800 to 1,000 high-wage jobs to downtown Orlando. This is the largest corporate relocation in downtown Orlando in decades and an important component of the new Innovation District surrounding UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown at Creative Village.

Exploria Stadium is a 100% privately funded project and home to Orlando City, Orlando Pride, and Orlando City B. The site is two blocks away from the Amway Center and allows for synergy between the two facilities and increased activity in the surrounding community. The stadium features club seating, 29 premium suites, lounge boxes, and Group Suites. As a tribute to the 49 victims who lost their lives in the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, there are 49 permanent rainbow chairs each adorned with #OrlandoUnited. Exploria Stadium consists of 435,000 square feet which includes 600 square feet of retail space, 17,000 square feet of office, and 15,000 square feet of club space, and seating for 25,500.

The proposed project will be an eight story hotel with 224 rooms, a rooftop pool, and a 3,191 square foot dining facility. The project should be completed in the second half of 2020.

The site is located on 1.24 acres. The project consists of a 22-story mixed-use development including 350 residential units, 13,465 sq. ft. of ground floor commercial, 19,688 sq. ft. of space dedicated for the University Club and a five floor integrated parking garage with 514 spaces that includes a resident amenity area and pool on the roof deck of the parking podium.

Novel is a luxury apartment development project that sits on 4.6 acres of land adjacent to the Delaney Park neighborhood. The project consists of 373 units that are split between two, 5-story buildings that sit over retail and a parking podium. A 24,000 sq. ft. grocery store (Earth Fare) anchors the project, in addition to another 7,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space at street level. Parking is comprised of both podium and pre-cast decks and offers 602 spaces for both retail and residents.

Mayor Dyer and the Orlando City Council have made a commitment to bring quality and affordable housing options to the Parramore neighborhood. To achieve this, the city has developed a multi-pronged approach that includes multi-family developments, infill single family development, and exploring changes to design standards.

The city is seeking to build at least 15 new homes that would be a minimum of 3 bed/2 bath and 1,300 square feet of living area. The CRA will include multi-year home warranties at sale to cover certain home systems and appliances.

For information on purchasing or previewing one of these homes, contact First Capital Property Group at 407-872-0209 ext. 820.

Parramore Oaks provides 211 new housing units in two phases: 178 apartment units in one three-story and two four-story buildings plus 33 two-story townhouse units. Phase 1 opened in October 2019.

The proposed project is a mixed-use development located at the southeast corner of N. Rosalind Avenue and E. Livingston Street. The development will feature a 13-story mixed-use building along Rosalind Avenue between E. Ridgewood Street and E. Livingston Street. On the ground level, the building contains approximately 14,000 sq. ft. of retail space, food and beverage fronting a public plaza, brownstone apartments fronting Livingston Street, and an integral parking garage adjacent to the existing Landmark Center parking garages. The upper levels will consist of apartments as well as an amenity deck on the roof of the garage structure for a total of 389 units.

SunTrust Plaza is a 25-story development that includes eight stories consisting of 180 hotel rooms, and seven stories with 206,500 square feet of office space and 8,200 square feet of ground floor retail and lobby space. It also includes an integrated 10-story, 605-space parking garage. The project includes Class A office space.

The Sports and Entertainment District (SED) is a proposed mixed-use development adjacent to world-class Amway Center on 8.43 acres. Proposed uses include hotel, expo space, retail, office, and residential all supported by structured parking. The SED will include several structures integrated into four general masses. The development program includes at least 166,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space oriented toward Church Street and Central Avenue. The project will occur in phases. Phase 1 construction consists of a parking garage, office, and mixed-use retail. Phase 2A consists of the hotel and expo center, and Phase 2B consists of the residential complex which will be a high rise tower with a dedicated parking garage with low-rise residential liner.

Downtown Orlando is a walkable, liveable city where it is easy and convenient to get around. The City of Orlando and Downtown Development Board are committed to ensuring there are diverse options for residents and visitors to get around and connect to entertainment and nightlife, all the while reducing the impact on the environment. Today, residents and visitors can enjoy multimodal forms of transportation options including:

  • Bike Share: Downtown Orlando’s bike share program increases mobility in the urban core, connects to existing transit and provides another affordable transportation option around the area.
  • Car Share: Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, is now available in Downtown Orlando. Residents, businesses, visitors and students now have access to Zipcar’s affordable, convenient and sustainable transportation option.
  • Colonial Drive Overpass: The Colonial Drive Overpass connects Gertrude's Walk to the Dinky Line and is a critical link for the Orlando Urban Trail. The overpass opened in March 2019.
  • I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project: I-4 Ultimate is an important project for Central Florida. The 21-mile makeover - from west of Kirkman Road in Orange County to east of State Road 434 in Seminole County - will transform the region while connecting our communities, improving our economy and enhancing livability for everyone. The project includes four new Express Lanes, reconstructed interchanges, and completely rebuilt bridges. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.
  • LYMMO: Downtown Orlando’s free bus rapid transit system. Recently, LYMMO underwent a service expansion that better serves to connect all Downtown areas.
  • SunRail: Central Florida’s new commuter rail line. There are two SunRail stations located Downtown, providing riders with a safe, comfortable and user-friendly experience.

Nearly 15 acres of the 68-acre Creative Village is dedicated to the new campus for UCF Downtown and Valencia College Downtown, which opened in August 2019 and serves nearly 7,700 students in digital media, communications, public services and health-related programs along with Valencia College’s world-class culinary and hospitality program, a partnership with Walt Disney World. Long-term plans for the campus include 10,000 to 15,000 students.

The I-4 Ultimate construction, which is currently underway and scheduled to conclude in 2021, will provide a completely rebuilt overpass through the Downtown core. This space will provide new dimensions to the former "Bridge District" area, being both higher and wider than the previous I-4 bridges, and present a new opportunity to create a special place in Downtown.

Orlando is known as a City for everyone and that includes being a place where individuals and families of all types can enjoy the unique experiences and quality of life found only in Orlando. The vision for Under-i is to be a best-in-the-nation urban park that revitalizes a former underutilized area beneath the I-4 bridge decks, and becomes a dynamic and inviting space that links the east and west sides of Downtown. The park is envisioned to feature active recreation opportunities, aesthetic lighting, performance spaces, artwork, and areas for vendors, creating a new Downtown amenity and gathering place for our community.

Construction of the Under-i is expected to commence upon completion of the I-4 Ultimate project in 2021. Construction of Under-i is estimated to take 1 - 1.5 years to complete.

Major Development Profile, Second Half 2019
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