The Magic expect their plan to purchase the property across the street from Amway Center, including the site of the current Orlando Police Department headquarters, to receive approval from the Orlando City Council. The vote is expected to occur today at the City Council meeting at 2 p.m.
Alex Martins said Friday at the 25th Anniversary kickoff event that the team hopes construction will be able to begin next summer. Reports from the Orlando Business Journal have the Magic buying the property for an estimated $12.7 million. When it is all said and done, the Magic hope to have a hotel, a small convention space, Magic headquarters and several retail and multiuse units.
Think of it as akin to the entertainment complexes and developments on Beale Street around the FedExForum in Memphis or L.A. Live around the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Magic CEO Alex Martins has been working on this project almost since the Amway Center was completed. It was also part of Orlando's vision to use Amway Center to connect Downtown Orlando to the arena. This is what I have dubbed "Amway Center Phase II."no comments