The city of Orlando is demolishing a former 7-Eleven location in downtown Orlando to make room for the expansion of Lake Eola Park.
City officials kicked off the beginning of demolition on Monday, May 2, at the building site, which is located at 1 North Rosalind Avenue.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan joined the Orlando Land Trust to celebrate the demolition, which will allow for the expansion Lake Eola Park’s green space.
In its place, a new, interim plaza and green space will be installed with a multitude of enhancements, including improved streetscape treatments, new landscaping, and upgraded lighting.
The project is expected to be completed later this fall, according to city officials.
The acquisition of the property was made possible through a partnership with the Orlando Land Trust, who raised $3.25 million, including $1.625 million in funding from the city’s downtown CRA, to purchase the small parcel, prevent future development and donate it to the city.