College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 030118
6 News MARCH 2018 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM By Holly Hatcher • On February 12, Dr. Phillips Charities closed on the 118-acre parcel at John Young Parkway and Princeton Street, immediately gifting 104 acres to the City of Orlando for its new regional park. Dr. Phillips has retained the remaining acres for development. • Nearby, Dr. Phillips Inc. owns 18 acres at the northeast corner of Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail, originally the site of its canning plant built in the 1930s. Approximately 10 acres near the corner, most recently leased to Gemaire Distributing Inc., were cleared to make way for new use as part of The Packing District. • According to Dr. Phillips Charities President and CEO Ken Robinson, plans are progressing very well as meetings continue with planners and city staff regarding the park, tennis center, trail system, roads, and storm water system. “My husband Terrence and I agree that this is a good support for the current College Park. We see The Packing District as an extension of our community. There is a lot of collaboration before it’s even built. As a resident, I’m excited for there to be ‘newness’ in restaurants, concepts, new ideas. As a mom, a mother of four kids, the park will be a great place to go with our kids and our dog. As a business owner, I think it helps the core of College Park.”—Melissa Hart, owner of Cookie Cousins on Vassar Street “We’re excited with the land transfer from Dr. Phillips. It’s a great gift for the city. The process of due diligence is underway at the city. We’re in serious discussions about the park master plan and involved in activities like soil testing, design, and cost analysis. In the next few months, we look forward to announcing a process for the community, so our residents can be engaged as we move forward.”— Commissioner Robert Stuart, City of Orlando District 3 THE PACKING DISTRICT STATUS UPDATE SAMANTHA SARMIENTO 407.999.7636 SodoHomeDesign.com US Design Source, Inc. Cabinets, Granite, Quartz, Flooring and Full Service Remodeling CBC 1256431 Licensed & Insured The Solution to Inspire & Revitalize Your Home 440 W. Grant St. Orlando 32806 Just South of Downtown Design Center 9-5 M-F | 10-4 Sat Shown: Hallmark Floors Heirloom Autumn Stone Walnut 1215 N. ORANGE AVENUE 407.730.4880 │ islandbreezeclothingco.com Across from Lake Ivanhoe in the Ivanhoe Row District RAINBOW SANDALS Mention this ad and receive $20 OFF your 1st purchase of $100 or more. SHOP LOCAL AND SAVE! By Natalie Monzon Main Street thanks and praises major sponsors College Park Main Street held a luncheon last week to thank their members and sponsors for being a part of main street. The luncheon was held in the Historic Dubsdread Ballroom. Jeffrey Kurtz, executive director, discussed the future of College Park and introduced some of the committees that are a part of main street. Some of the things they hope to accomplish include murals around College Park and redesigning Albert Park. Commissioner Robert Stuart shared some words about how grateful he is for all of the hard work being done by the committees and people who are a part of Main Street. “Ya’ll make us look good,” he said. Melissa Hart, past president and now on the promotions committee, talked about what the committee is planning this year for events like Dancing on the Drive, Jazz Fest and Holiday on the Drive. “College Park Main Street does not run without the support of you all,” she said. College Park Main Street has been running for ten years and has raised thousands of dollars the community and local nonprofits.