Vision

The Packing District is rooted in history, grounded in opportunity and directed toward the future. It will be a new community for the city of Orlando, stitching together neighborhoods and honoring the legacy of this special place.

Led by Dr. Phillips Charities, the development of the site represents an opportunity to celebrate the history of The Packing District and look toward the future of the community, the city and the region. The district’s master plan has been designed to encourage community wellness from the development of a new regional park to the network of plazas – each connected by pedestrian and bike trails that stitch everything together.

Some highlights of the district include:

  • YMCA Family Center
  • Regional Park
  • Trails
  • Food Hall
 

By the Numbers:

  • 202 acres of land in the City of Orlando

  • 97 acres of land currently industrial/commercial to be converted to mixed-use and residential

  • 105 acres of dedicated regional park, including 40-acre urban farm

  • 3,500 units of projected residential, >1 million square feet of projected retail and office space

  • Annexed into the City of Orlando in 1996 with PD

History

Humble Beginnings

One of the original citrus producers in the region, Dr. Phillips used the land that stretches along Orange Blossom Trail near College Park as the site of one of his multiple premier packing houses, creating a key place in the early economic ecosystem of Orlando. The site was the first industrial property in Central Florida and the crown jewel in the Dr. Phillips real estate holdings. Buildings on the site focused on his business and his philanthropic passion of enriching his community. Most of the buildings were constructed by his teams using special Dr. Phillips bricks and a loving hand.

Community Builders

The Packing District is a culmination of efforts stretching back almost 100 years. This place began with a man, Dr. Phillips, who sought to give citrus to the world while using his profits to give back to his community. Over the years, the business and his impact on the community grew. Then, with the passing of the family and the selling of the citrus business, the profits were entrusted to Dr. Phillips, Inc. – an organization created to carry out the charitable legacy of Dr. Phillips. Since 1953, the organization has been giving back and has gained the respect of the community to do the right thing.

“We are stewards first and foremost. Our mission is to create value that benefits our community.”

- Dr. Phillips Charities

Opportunities

The Packing District will preserve and recapture our community’s history by establishing a new place of living and commerce.

The development of The Packing District will be led by Dr. Phillips Charities, an organization experienced in master planning and implementation. The 202-acre site is a rich historic industrial and commercial landscape positioned next to the strong well-established neighborhood of College Park in Orlando. The market is projected to continue growing over the next few decades. Combined, these elements create a special moment in time to think toward the future.


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Timeline

Cool Timeline

2018
Feb 2018

Project Announced/City of Orlando Approval

Project Announced/City of Orlando Approval

Nov 2018

Dr. Phillips Charities Gifts $8.9M to Build New YMCA Family Center in The Packing District

Dr. Phillips Charities Gifts $8.9M to Build New YMCA Family Center in The Packing District

2019
Jan 2019

4Roots Farm & Agriculture Center Begins Site and Farm Development

4Roots Farm & Agriculture Center Begins Site and Farm Development

Feb 2019

Park Construction Begins

Park Construction Begins

Jul 2019

Construction Begins on Streetscape

Construction Begins on Streetscape

Primary streets will be reoriented for pedestrians and cyclists with complete street upgrades

2020
May 2020

Park Completion

Park Completion

Park Completion Includes: Tennis Center Fields Trails Environmental Lake

Dec 2020

Streetscape completion at Princeton and Orange Blossom Trail

Streetscape completion at Princeton and Orange Blossom Trail

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