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We are proud to announce that our project, Nighttime Economy Management, is the 2018 winner of the Creative Organization Development and Funding category and our project, Church Street Plaza, is the 2018 winner of the Management Programs Creative Partnerships category in the annual Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) Awards. We are incredibly grateful for this honor, and appreciate everyone whose dedication and hard work made this possible.
Each year, FRA accepts entries for the annual awards from its members in a variety of categories, ranging from annual reports to cultural enhancement. The entries are examined for effectiveness and completeness – including the narrative, supplemental material and compliance with the submittal instructions. A cross section of Florida redevelopment professionals, individuals and business organizations judge and rank all of the entries and select the winners.
Nighttime Economy Management
The nighttime economy is a unique and trend driven industry and the downtown communities and downtown Orlando is no exception. Recognizing the nighttime economy, the CRA of the City of Orlando hired a third party to study their nighttime economy and identify future challenges and opportunities. One of the outcomes of the process included hiring a nighttime manager, making downtown Orlando one of the first in the nation to do so. This new approach to managing the nighttime economy has urged disciplines from every part of the city to look more objectively at the protentional of the nighttime economy. The city government will begin to approach nightlife as a true value to the city and will focus on allocating resources to grow it.
Church St. Plaza
Church Street Plaza is the redevelopment of an underutilized site into a 25-story mixed-use development that includes an integrated SunRail station, a 180-room hotel, 206,600 sq.ft. of office space, and 8200 sq. ft. of retail space. Lincoln Property Company was able to undertake this project due to a public-private partnership that resulted in $2,725,000 in tax increment funding from the City of Orlando’s CRA, $1.5 million in transportation impact fees from the City of Orlando and SunRail’s collaboration, and FDOT’s approval in order to relocate the train station. Church Street Plaza will be the only true mixed-use development in the Florida region. The project will benefit the entire region by bringing more tourists to the area and provide ease of accessibility to commuters downtown to work, live, or play.
We are incredibly grateful for this honor, and appreciate everyone whose dedication and hard work made this possible.