Posted: July 26th, 2010 | Filed under: Creative Village | No Comments »
The Orlando Sentinel published an article about the ongoing effort to transform the Amway Arena area into a “Creative Village” in which UCF would have a significant presence. Developers are applying to get a piece of the $600 Million TIGER II discretionary grant funding. According to the Sentinel,
… money would be used to extend the Lynx Central Station’s bus and rail lines to the property; rebuild and realign roads that run through it; and add transportation features such as bus rapid-transit stops and paths for pedestrians and bicycles.
Developers and the City hope to hear by the end of the year if their application is approved. Of course, this grant money would only be a small piece of the total construction cost. But it would be a small victory for the city, and a step in the right direction that would also benefit UCF.
Orlando’s ‘Creative Village’ hinges on grant money (Orlando Sentinel)
More posts about the Creative Village at Under Construction Forever
Posted: June 7th, 2010 | Filed under: Creative Village | No Comments »
UCF’s Center for Emerging Media is already located downtown – smack dab in the middle of the proposed “Creative Village” that will be built after the Amway Arena and the Bob Carr are eventually demolished. The City’s vision for the Village is to become a “high-quality urban, mixed use, mixed income development including educational, commercial and residential uses with an emphasis on expanding educational and creative industries in Orlando.”
So what does this mean for UCF and the existing presence in the area? Developers say UCF will grow to have a “substantial downtown presence” and will occupy 500,000 SF or more. But it won’t be alone; UCF will likely be joined by other schools (UF, Valencia, Full Sail, etc.) that also want to be in the middle of the action.
The city recently approved the redevelopment team (Ustler with Banc of America CDC). But as we all know, land acquisition, demolition, infrastructure upgrades, design, permits, and construction will take several years before it’s all a reality. Until then, UCF will be waiting for the others to show up!
UCF plays a big role in downtown Orlando Creative Village project (Orlando Sentinel)
Creative Village Orlando (a blog)
New Details On ‘Creative Village’ Revealed (WFTV)
Creative Village (City of Orlando)