Orange Co. leaders to discuss improving I-Drive

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We are expecting to learn more about plans to give I-Drive a major makeover. 
 
Orange County leaders are meeting Tuesday to go over the “I-Drive Visioning" plan.
 
I-Drive Vision will pitch their idea to the County Commission about transforming the popular tourist area into a "live-work-shop-play" destination. 
 
Their pitch includes a 25-year plan to makeover the tourism corridor known as the "I-Drive District".
 
Their plan includes creating sub-districts like “hospitality and retail," an " entertainment zone" with attractions like "I-Drive 360" Mango's Cafe and the proposed Skyplex Coaster as well as homes. 
 
Plans to build the world's tallest coaster recently hit a snag when nearby Universal Studios voiced concern about the 700-foot coaster. 
 
Skyplex Developer Joshua Wallack said,”It has to be the world’s tallest roller coaster. What am I’m going to do, call everyone up and say we're not building it now because Universal said so.  They're in the city of Orlando, we're in Orange County so it's two separate mayors, jurisdictions, police forces, the whole thing is separate. 
 
While Skyplex has FAA approval, to build a 700 foot roller coaster, Wallack says it would only be 500 feet.
 
Universal, which is located near neighborhoods, is limited to a height of 200 feet for a ride.
 
A Universal spokesperson declined to comment on the issue.
 
The Orange Tree subdivision HOA also sent the county a letter, asking the structure to be no more than 300 feet concerned it would disrupt the neighborhood.
 
Wallack says the so called polar coaster will be a huge attraction on I-Drive and won't affect nearby neighbors.
 
 “When you see the Orlando Eye they see a tiny little speck in the distance. This is Orlando, it's the city of entertainment. You say there's I-Drive and you keep on going,” said Wallack. 
 
A public hearing takes place in December…where county commissioners will ultimately vote on the project.
 
Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. 
 
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