ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a major development in the works for Orlando. It’s called the Packing District and it will transform a long-forgotten part of the city.
Planners say the Packing District will honor Orlando’s rich history and ties to the citrus industry by revitalizing an area of the city once used for packing citrus to be shipped around the U.S. It will be built just west of Orlando’s College Park neighborhood near the intersection of Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail.
This week, one of the architects on the project released details of what’s coming to the southeast corner of that intersection. Dr. Phillips Charities has chosen dap design as the architect for one of the centerpieces to the Packing District, a Food Hall.
The 22,400-square-foot project will be anchored by a historic building once owned by the Great Southern Box Company. The building was used to build shipping crates for citrus.
The Food Hall will be located at the southeast corner of Princeton and O.B.T. and will keep many of the features of the original Great Southern Box building which dates back to the 1930s.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this transformational project that recognizes the history of this building and area,” said Joel A Setzer, AIA, dap design. “The food hall design approach will celebrate the existing buildings form and utilize its large structural bays as a passive connection to outdoor green space. The project will be tightly woven into the fabric of what The Packing District will be and have a strong connection to its larger context and community.”
Amenities of the Food Hall will include a micro-brewery, 4,000 square feet of event space, a restaurant and bar, parking, 14,000 square feet of retail space and 10,000 square feet of office space. The project will also include a monument sign intended to greet people to the Packing District .
Once it is converted, the Southern Box building will feature an elevated plaza, outdoor greenspace and additional seating for the Food Hall. Construction is slated to begin early next year and should be complete by the end of 2020.
The total estimated cost for the Packing District is somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000. Overall, the 200-acre project will take about 10-15 years to complete in four phases.