UPDATE: The City of Winter Park informed us that the developer met with them about six months ago, but that nothing official had been submitted, yet.
As reported by Bob Moser of GrowthSpotter, HERE, a local development group is looking to build the region’s largest roundabout, at the corner of SR 17-92 and Orange Avenue in Winter Park, as a centerpiece to an up-and-coming mixed-use project. The working name for the project is “Winter Park Station.”
The project is part of a massive land buy that Demetree Global (Website) has been spearheading at the six-way intersection for the past few years. Demetree now owns almost 10 acres of the 14+ acres that abut the crossroads, including the former home of Lombardi’s Seafood, Inc., the Mercantile Bank Plaza property on Orange Avenue. Demetree Global is
represented by affiliated with the law offices of Orange County Commissioner, Ted Edwards.
We’ve reached out to the City of Winter Park to see if there have been any offers made by Demetree Global for the City-owned property at the intersection.
This project is still in its infancy and nothing official has been filed by Demetree, at this time.
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The personal injury lawyers dream intersection!
Shannon Pranger LaBelle got light-rail?!?!
My office is at this intersection. There are so many accidents already here. I would love a roundabout. This city needs more of them. They are safer and cheaper than traffic lights no matter how dumb we are.
I can negotiate a roundabout just fine, but I agree, the majority of drivers cannot.
WHY? Makes no sense.
It will be HILARIOUS!
Discourages idiots from driving in urban areas.
If you can’t negotiate a roundabout…
You shouldn’t have a drivers license.
This is why other nations make fun of us.
Great question Leonard. They do discourage novices and rural drivers from driving in urban areas.
They’ll have to learn the hard way. Roundabouts actually discourage
bumpkins and novices from driving in urban areas.
This intersection sucks. A roundabout is a great idea.
The inability of people to drive in a straight line is exactly my point. If there is a roundabout, there will be constant accidents and then see how the traffic flow is effected.
People can’t drive in a straight line! So what difference does it make?! The existing intersection is horrible and I guess a traffic light is too expensive.
WP police may as well park there 24/7 to report all the accidents that are sure to happen.
We’re too dumb for a roundabout of that size
This looks bad for pedestrians.
Have none of you been stuck making a left at that intersection? The current set-up is inefficient and dangerous. I welcome a roundabout, but I’m curious to find out how it will impact pedestrians.
I would love a roundabout. People learn to handle them just fine once they’re actually built. When I lived in Carmel, IN almost every single intersection in the city was a roundabout. They’re not as difficult as people make them out to be. It’s pretty self-explanatory, even for Florida drivers.
That is the worst idea I’ve ever heard. Florida drivers simply cannot handle roundabouts, especially one of that magnitude.
Most drivers around here don’t follow the rules of a roundabout on a simple residential street. A roundabout at this intersection will be a nightmare!
Why would anyone who could drive avoid a roundabout
I really want to see a train take a roundabout. F’nnn genius developer
Don’t do it!
FDOT wont let it happen.
I like turtles
That is insane. Will only push cars into residential neighborhoods to avoid it.
Really bad idea here.