As mentioned in a recent blog post on the City of Orlando website, the City is looking to transform an empty Downtown lot into a “modern interactive public gathering space.”
The lot in question sits on the corner of Orange Avenue and Robinson Street and is currently owned by Dr. Phillips Charities [GMap]. The City is currently in the (very) early stages of developing a leasing agreement with the group in order to transform the space into something that benefits Orlando residents, rather than sitting empty.
City spokesperson Cassandra Lafser, informed Bungalower that once a lease agreement is signed, the City will move forward with refining the attached designs and ironing out the specific uses of the new park space.
Again, the concept attached are in the very early stages of the design process and are likely to change over time. However, what can clearly be seen is an intent for a day to night transition in activities, centered around a projection park concept that utilizes the whited-out wall of the old Southern Bank building and shipping containers for retail and pop-up cafe services, entered around permanent hardscape and an activity/gathering space towards the road.
Funding would likely come from a combined pool from the CRA Fund and a capital improvement bond.