What Changes Lie Ahead for Orlando & Central Florida?
New renovations proposed in Orlando, Daytona Beach and Kissimmee could change the way vital parts of these cities look and feel. While some of these changes may take years to enact, early plans have residents and city leaders excited about the possibilities ahead. Others are ready to deploy after years of delay and highly anticipated by locals. Here are some of the changes you may see around you in Central Florida.
Colonial Drive, Downtown Orlando
The I-4 Interstate overpass that runs over Colonial Drive at Hughey Avenue has been delayed for nearly a year but is finally set to open in January 2019. Until recently, officials were saying that the support beams required further inspection however have now said they are safe. The overpass lets traffic get onto eastbound I-4 from Garland Avenue, relieving some of the traffic that can build up downtown around Amelia Street.
Central Avenue in Kissimmee
Central Avenue in Kissimmee is planned for a major overhaul. The area where Florida Hospital, the Kissimmee Trail Loop and Highlands Elementary School are located will see added sidewalks, bigger bus stops, better signs and designated bike lanes to make it safer for everyone. Not only will this keep children safer, it will help to alleviate some of the traffic in the planned Medical Arts District by encouraging people to bike, walk or take a bus to the hospital and nearby medical offices. Since the city will need millions of dollars to make this project a reality, there is no projected completion date for the project just yet.
Tomoka Town Center, Daytona Beach
The Tomoka Town Center adds more retail space to the area around the Tangier Outlets, part of the city’s plan to create local jobs and make the area a shopping destination. The location right along i-4 and LPGA Boulevard makes it an easy destination for Orlando residents who do not want to drive all the way to St. Augustine for outlet shopping. Hobby Lobby, Five Below and TJ Maxx are already in place, and soon the shopping center will be home to a Dave and Buster’s, Academy Sports, Arby’s and more places where shoppers can relax and grab a bite to eat.
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