The City of Orlando is looking for a design firm to rise to the challenge of reactivating the 97-year-old Bob Carr Theater (Website) in the Parramore neighborhood, just west of I-4 in the new Creative Village development.

The city estimates it will cost roughly $30 million to redevelop the shuttered 60,000 SF event center, as part of the second phase of the Creative Village development plan – which also looks to add over 400 new apartments, more offices, and a hotel.

An RFQ, or Request for Qualification statements, was issued on November 19, asking companies to bid on the adaptive reuse project by January 24. Early ideas for the property have included a community theater space for local non-profits, educational uses for the nearby Valencia and UCF programs, and even an e-game arena.

The City hopes to break ground sometime in 2025.

Check out the video below by Orlando Experience giving a great tour of the interior of this historic building.

Brendan O'Connor

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