City demolishing former 7-Eleven to expand Lake Eola Park

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.

Most Popular

Motorcyclist killed after crashing into back of stopped vehicle in Brevard County

A 41-year-old motorcyclist was killed after crashing into the back of a vehicle stopped at a red light in Brevard County just after midnight last night.

The Nutcracker begins two-week stay at Dr. Phillips Center

A Christmas classic will begin a two-week stay at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts tonight.

Seminole County school bus driver, monitor arrested for abusing special needs child

A school bus driver that has been employed in Seminole County for 15 years was arrested after he was caught on video surveillance abusing a special needs student this week.

Splash Mountain closing after 33 years, reopening as The Princess and the Frog ride

A classic ride at Disney World will close down next month after over three decades in operation to make way for a new theme.

Body found one mile from Kissimmee home where 73-year-old man went missing

Osceola County Sheriff's Office deputies have found an unidentified body in a swampy area along SR 429, approximately one mile from a Kissimmee home where a 73-year-old man went missing on Thanksgiving day.

Fireworks warehouse catches fire in south Orlando

Dozens of emergency units and firefighters were called to the scene of an explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Orange County last night.
clear sky
61 ° F
62.7 °
58.1 °
96 %
0 %
79 °
79 °
81 °
80 °
78 °