A few of our readers have been asking us for some clarification on the proposed City Centre (Lake Eola Development) project, asking what exactly would be affected if it is allowed to go forward. According to the attached plans, the “existing fountain,” (which is actually Sperry Fountain, the centerpiece of the existing small plaza next door) will remain. Sperry Fountain was the first fountain to be installed in Lake Eola back in 1914 (although the the original iron fountain was eventually replaced by a bronze replica in 2011).
The new City Centre development that was green-lit by the Municipal Planning Board last week still has a number of hoops to jump through before it is approved by the City. Namely, it has to go up in front of City Council.
A Chicago developer is proposing to build a 28-story tower on the southwestern corner of Lake Eola. A few community groups are not only questioning the height of the building, but also its proposal to redevelop a neighboring portion of Lake Eola park. The designs call for a build-out of an additional 5,925 SF into Central Park, in order to construct a central waterfall feature and two cafe/restaurants on either side. For more information, click HERE.
The City would lease the property to the developer, in the same way they lease to World of Beer just down Central.
UPDATE: According to a report by Paul Brinkmann at the Orlando Sentinel, St. Luke’s Cathedral (which donated the property to the City to construct the park in 1914) has filed a formal appeal against the development, in the hopes of overturning the MPB’s recent vote. You can read more about that, HERE. The developer recently stated that he would build the tower with or without the added park space.