We are keeping track of what I am calling Amway Center Phase 2, a $100 million entertainment complex that is planned to be built in the land surrounding Amway Center. The plan includes purchasing the parking lot immediately across the street from Amway Center and the Orlando Police Headquarters.
As was suspected at the beginning of the whole process of building Amway Center, the Magic are exploring several options to complete this plan -- including the landmark Orlando Union Rescue Mission (the building with the red neon cross that can be seen on I-4).
Mark Schlueb of the Orlando Sentinel reports the Magic are expected to meet with representatives from the Orlando Union Rescue Mission to discuss the possibility of purchasing the property. Mission CEO Allen Harden told Schlueb that the Magic would definitely like to have the property since it is on the same block as the proposed entertainment complex.
These negotiations, if successful, will not end the mission, which has been located in Downtown Orlando since the 1960s. The charity, which acts as a homeless shelter with a religious bent, provides immediate needs to homeless in Downtown Orlando. Their main shelter is located a few blocks away on Washington Street (the famed neon cross is located on Central Street near the Amway Center and serves as a men's shelter).
That is to say, if the Magic do end up purchasing this location, the charity will not be shutting its doors or ceasing its services.no comments