On Monday, the Orlando City Council approved the sale of property across the street from Amway Center (the parking lot and the Orlando Police Headquarters building most notably) for $12.7 million for use as a multi-use facility. When it is all said and done, the complex will have office space for the Magic's corporate headquarters, convention space, a hotel, entertainment options and retail stores and a 15-20 story residential building.
Magic CEO Alex Martins said the whole thing will be completed in about five or six years with the construction hopefully beginning this summer.
Martins was on FOX 35's Good Day Orlando on Tuesday explaining more details about the project and what it means for the city of Orlando:
As Martins said, this is very much a part of the vision the team and the city had as part of the events center package that was signed that created the Amway Center. I have personally dubbed this project Amway Center: Phase II.
The original vision was to have a sports and entertainment district that stretched from the soon-to-be-completed Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center down Church Street all the way to the Citrus Bowl. Amway Center was a key centerpiece to that and, as Martins mentions in the video, the new MLS soccer stadium will help anchor the district too.
As things stand now, the soccer stadium will be located on the opposite side of this new entertainment district, which is being developed by a Magic sister company, and bookends it nicely.
Again, the idea is to attract businesses, foot traffic and jobs to the downtown Orlando area. It should be a great addition to the skyline and provide more options for Orlando visitors, residents and businesses.