A group of local volunteers are rallying together to purchase a large parcel of land on the corner of Central Boulevard and Rosalind Avenue in Downtown Orlando.
The property in question was the target of a possible multi-family high rise that we wrote about HERE in 2015. The project was proposed by a Chicago developer to place a 28-story tower on two lots that currently host the historic Lubbe building and a 7-Eleven.
That project, while approved by the Municipal Planning Board, was eventually abandoned by the developer.
Local volunteers motivated by the now-defunct project’s proximity to Lake Eola Park, have started a capital campaign to establish a new land trust to acquire the property and to create more greenspace in the park.
The self-described “little old ladies” are comprised of Lynn Long and Eugenia Sefcik, backed by Orlando native and philanthropist Ted Haddock.
A media event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 23 where the ladies and Haddock will share their plans to “… protect Lake Eola Park from high-density development.” The event will take place on the corner of Rosalind Avenue and Central Boulevard with representatives from Orange Preservation Trust, Lake Eola Heights, St. Luke’s Cathedral Church, and the City of Orlando.