While the diverse industries that call Orlando home already cater to a wide range of interests, the growth and expansion planned for the future are surpassing nearly every other city in the United States. Read along to hear about four things coming to Orlando in 2021 and beyond.
33 Story Condo & Hotel Tower/ Orlando Museum of Art
Earlier this year plans were filed with the city of Orlando for a mixed use tower in trendy downtown. This massive piece of real estate will be on the corner of Lake and Pine Streets, just steps away from Lake Eola’s iconic fountain and wandering swans. The 30,000 square feet that will occupy the bottom floor of the building will become the new home of the nearby Orlando Museum of Art.
The rest of the building will consist of 129 condos, a 5 star hotel (which downtown Orlando is currently lacking), at least two new restaurant concepts and a convention center and meeting space. This project is still in the works but is slated to be completed by 2023.
Tampa/ Orlando Mega Region
While Tampa and Orlando are less than two hours away, the cities growth is seemingly expanding further and further from the formal city limits. Companies including Amazon and Walmart are a few of the major corporations building warehouses in nearby cities of Davenport and Lakeland that are contributing to the growth of these once suburban areas.
Both cities provide various types of entertainment from the world class theme parks in Orlando to the championship winning sports teams that call Tampa home. Rail company Brightline has filed plans for a train route that will connect the two tourism hubs with Miami that is projected to be completed in 2028. This would make a huge stride towards connecting the best of what central Florida has to offer!
In early November one of the many food hall-style eateries opened up in the Milk District near downtown Orlando. Originally a beer and tobacco outlet located on the corner of Bumby Avenue and Jefferson Street, the now Milkhouse is home to a variety of Orlando small businesses including Foxtail Coffee, Kelly’s Icecream, Bagel Bruno, the Ravenous Pig and a cocktail bar operated by another local favorite, the Courtesy Bar.
Food halls such as this have gained tremendous popularity recently, especially in the Orlando area. Clermont & Winter Garden already boast some of their own, but they’re a bit more practical than one might originally think. Food halls allow you to blend a variety of options into one space. Whereas a typical coffee shop or ice cream parlor is only appealing at certain times of the day, this concept provides a space to get whatever you want, whenever you want! Does it get any better?
Aside from having enough options to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, the Milkhouse also hosts live music performances every Saturday evening from 7-11 PM. Its location in the Milk District also makes it convenient to stop in while strolling through the various bars and restaurants in the area.
Florida elected Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis made headlines in early October after offering west coast favorite In N’ Out Burger a welcome place in Florida. The fast food favorite has recently had to close several restaurants in California due to the state’s strict ordinances on Covid-19. Patronis jokingly responded by offering the company an invitation to open their first location in Florida.
What is a local or regional favorite that you’d love to see come to Florida?
With so much to already see and do in central Florida, the plans for the future are only getting bigger! Following along with us here on the Orlando Real to find out the past, present and future of Orlando.The Orlando Real on
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