According to the Orlando Sentinel, a rundown area near what used to be a Jai-Alai fronton in Seminole County north of Orlando is getting ready for hundreds of new apartments and up to 72,000 square feet of commercial space. The area is situated near the intersection of State Road 436 and U.S. 17-92 which sees more that 100,000 vehicles crossing through it every day. The county is now seeing the oncoming development as a possible catalyst for more improvement. “This is an opportunity to redevelop an area that most of us, for many years, have wanted to see improved,” County Commissioner Brenda Carey said. “This corner deserves something very special to happen.”

In anticipation of the redevelopment of the fronton land, Seminole plans to break ground in mid-2019 on a two-pronged $25-million project that will refurbish Oxford Road between S.R. 436 and Fern Park Boulevard into a “main street” by adding on-street parallel parking, landscaping the medians, widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes and installing benches.

County officials hope those improvements along Oxford will encourage additional developers to construct multi-story buildings that include shops and eateries with sidewalk dining east of the old fronton land. “We want to build a place where you can walk,” Commissioner Lee Constantine said.

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