A village emerges in the heart of downtown Orlando
Creative Village builds upon the success of Orlando’s digital media industry by transforming the former Amway Arena site into a 68-acre mixed-use, transit oriented, urban infill neighborhood in the heart of downtown Orlando.
The vision for Creative Village focuses on creating a true “live, learn, work and play” urban destination through a development plan that supports a synergistic and dynamic mix of uses including office/creative studios, higher education, PS-12 education, mixed-income residential, retail/commercial and hotel.
Leading higher education providers; high-tech, digital media and creative companies; and a diverse mix of students, employees and residents will one day call Creative Village home.
UCF Downtown at Creative Village
In an exciting announcement, University of Central Florida (UCF) President, Dr. John Hitt, revealed plans for a significant downtown Orlando campus, located at Creative Village. In 2014, the State of Florida allocated $2 million for a study to determine the impact and role of a major UCF presence in downtown Orlando. Between UCF and its partner, Valencia College, the campus is expected to bring about 10,000 students to downtown Orlando over the next few years, and will build upon already existing educational assets surrounding the Creative Village.
The commitment by UCF and Valencia to a large downtown campus at Creative Village sets the stage for additional private development and university-related uses.
To learn more about UCF Downtown, visit http://www.ucf.edu/downtown.
To watch a video with more information about the UCF Downtown campus, click here.
To read the Orlando Sentinel article about the UCF Downtown Orlando campus, click here.
Orange County Public Schools announces new Downtown PS8 School
In January 2015, Orange County Public Schools announced a new PS8 school to be built in the Parramore neighborhood, adjacent to Creative Village. The $41 million school, serving preschool through 8th grade, is scheduled to open in fall of 2017 and is being touted as a "national model" for public education. Significant community partners include the Rosen Foundation, UCF, Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, Valencia College and the City of Orlando.
Click here for a link to the official news release.
Project DTO - the next decade
Quickly after taking office in 2003, Mayor Dyer acknowledged that great cities have great downtowns, so he commissioned the Downtown Strategic Transition Team (DSTT) to create a strategic roadmap for downtown Orlando. The DSTT delivered recommendations, including large-scale projects like SunRail and the community Venues, and other lifestyle amenities, like a downtown grocery store and movie theater. Of the original 166 recommendations, 144 have been accomplished. Looking forward, Mayor Dyer assembled the Project DTO Task Force to create the strategic plan for the next decade. For more information about Project DTO, click here. To watch the Project DTO visioning video, click here.
Orlando is a world class city
On December 3, 2014, Mayor Buddy Dyer officially declared Orlando a "world class city”. 2014 has been a banner year for our City Beautiful. In addition to the UCF and Valencia announcement, we opened SunRail commuter rail service and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, completely overhauled the Citrus Bowl and broke ground on our Major League Soccer stadium. We also celebrated the formation of the Orlando Tech Association and their designation as an official City of Orlando "Digital Main Street" and we opened the Church Street "Tech" Exchange, which houses several emerging technology companies, including CANVS, Echo Interaction Group, Splyt, Plan Source, The Iron Yard and Power DMS. For the full transcript of the 2014 State of Downtown address, click here.
In addition to these exciting developments, Orlando has been ranked first on the 2014 Forbes "Top Ten Cities and States for Job Growth” list. To read the article, click here.
The New York Times included Orlando on its "52 Places To Go In 2015" list, citing SunRail, the Performing Arts Center, MLS Soccer, and Orlando's Food Scene. To read the full article, click here.