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Coming Soon to Orlando: The Packing District

Plans are taking shape for a $480 million project called The Packing District that will be built on a 202-acre site at Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail adjacent to the College Park section of Orlando. Dr. Phillips Charities is spearheading the project, which is expected to create 800 jobs and an estimated $56 million economic impact as it matures over the next 10 to 15 years.

Historic buildings on the property will be repurposed and integrated with new uses, along with new structures that include multifamily housing, a grocery store, and retail and commercial properties. One key piece of the project will be a replica of the old Dr. Phillips fruit stand, which was iconic in the area decades ago.

Dr. Phillips has donated to the city more than 100 acres adjacent to the project for an urban park that will serve as a wellness hub and include tennis courts, bike trails, running trails and an urban farm. Dr. Phillips also has pledged $8.9 million to YMCA of Central Florida to build a 24,500-square-foot, two-story facility in The Packing District and is investing $12 million to $14 million for transportation and infrastructure improvements in the area.

“Dr. Phillips’ legacy as a responsible community builder has always been rooted in his early vision to plan today what will make our community prosper tomorrow,” said Ken Robinson, president and CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities. “The Packing District and the new regional park have the unique potential to preserve our history while transforming an area to meet the needs of today and future generations.”

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