Business View Magazine - Feb 2024

square feet of retail/commercial space and 225 hotel rooms. Creative Village is anchored by the University of Central Florida and Valencia College downtown campus with more than 7,000 students. Showcasing best practices in responsible development, Creative Village is centered around education and transit, including SunRail, Central Florida’s commuter rail service. With Phase 1 of the project completed and Phase 2 underway, the completed project will be the largest transit-oriented development project in Central Florida, significantly expanding educational opportunities in downtown Orlando and providing substantial economic impact to the city. A P3 project is also helping make Orlando ready for the future by ensuring that everyone experiences the benefits that electric mobility options can bring. The city of Orlando recently partnered with Hertz Electrifies to meet the city’s goal of accelerating adoption of electric vehicles and expanding charging infrastructure. The Hertz Electrifies program is aimed at reducing emissions that harm public health, bolstering climate change resilience, and increasing access and affordability for all communities. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando was also developed through a P3. Located on almost nine acres and spanning two blocks in the heart of the city, across from city hall, this venue was constructed as a public-private partnership between the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the city of Orlando, and Orange County. Opened in 2014, the multi-theater facility is now a hub for the best international, national and local artists, and serves as a community gathering place and center for arts education. It attracts more than 750,000 visitors annually. Orlando’s successful public-private partnership projects demonstrate that P3s are a win/win for everyone. Under the leadership of Mayor Dyer, the city of Orlando is leveraging the full potential of P3s to improve the quality of life in Orlando and Central Florida, strengthen economic development opportunities, and support the revitalization of downtown. become America’s “future-ready” city. From urban infill mixed-use development to electric vehicles to a world-class performing arts center, P3s are solidifying Orlando as one of the best places in America to live, work and raise a family. Creative Village is one of the P3 projects transforming the city’s downtown. The city partnered with the master developer, Creative Village Development LLC. This $2 billion dynamic mixed-use project is designed to support a synergistic mix of uses including up to 900,000 square feet of office/creative space, 800,000 square feet of higher education space, 2,000+ residential units, 1,500 student housing beds, 100,000 14 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 11, ISSUE 02