Orlando Mayor Dyer talks of new park under I-4, UCF campus in State of Downtown Address

- Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered his State of Downtown Orlando address on Thursday.  Mayor Dyer offered football analogies, saying it's only halftime in Downtown Orlando and that his speech was meant to be a pep talk about what challenged are ahead and what is left to be accomplished.  He spoke of 1,200 residential units which are in the works for downtown and a second downtown park that would be located under Interstate 4.

"We have long identified the need to bridge our east side of downtown with the west, and in our city, I-4 has served as a dividing line," he said. "That's why I am thrilled to share that we are working with the Florida Department of Transportation to build a park under I-4 that spans more than three blocks and will serve as a community connecting point."

Dyer also spoke of the ongoing efforts to develop a combined campus for the University of Central Florida and Valencia College at the site of the old Amway Arena, part of what would be known as the Creative Village.

"It's true we've had some setbacks in starting the campus, but like we've had to do with so many other must-win projects. We've huddled with our team and we're coming up with a winning plan to make this project a reality."

In just two week, Mayor Dyer and local officials will go before the Florida Board of Governors for the State University System with their funding requests for the downtown campus for the next fiscal year.

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