Downtown Orlando serves as Central Florida’s hub for both business and culture, and is a lively epicenter for nightlife, performing arts, retail, business, restaurants, and galleries. The bar and club scene is legendary, and touring musicians from around the world regularly stop in to play on the many local stages. Even though the theme parks are only minutes away, tourists rarely venture into the Downtown district, allowing the local culture to develop into something uniquely Orlando.
Downtown Orlando is the core of Central Florida’s diverse emerging economy. It is the hub for finance, government, and commerce. Under the current longstanding leadership of Mayor Buddy Dyer, Downtown Orlando serves these industries by creating a business and quality-of-life environment that supports the various industries in the Downtown core and the entire Central Florida region.
Downtown Orlando is the ideal location for corporate and division headquarters. More than 149,298 professionals work in Downtown Orlando on a daily basis. Downtown Orlando also boasts 13 million square feet of office space in the urban core. It is the dominant Class A office supply in the Central Florida region. The cluster of professional services, large labor force, and proximity to government services are key contributors to the presence of major corporations in the community.
Downtown Orlando is the historic core and central business district of Orlando, Florida, United States. There are distinct neighborhoods in downtown; North Quarter to the north, Lake Eola Heights Historic District just north of Lake Eola, South Eola contains Lake Eola Park and continues to the east and south of Lake Eola, Thornton Park in the east, Parramore in the west, Lake Cherokee Historic District to the south, and the Central Business District between Colonial Drive and Lake Lucerne in the center. The estimated population of downtown is 43,388 with an average age of 41.3 living in 20,520 households.
Downtown boast an employment-population, estimated to be 149,298 with over 40% being college educated. The 5-mile radius population of downtown is 273,335.
Located north of Colonial Drive, the border of this area is Interstate 4 to the west, and Highland Avenue to the east, the north border is N Orange Ave & the I-4 on-ramps at Lake Ivanhoe. This is a vibrant area that has seen many apartments and condominiums built, bringing a diverse collection of businesses including dining and shopping to the area. With such close proximity to the Central Business District for working professionals, this has become a valuable area for those who seek the convenience of work/play/live in downtown Orlando.
Creative Village is one of the newest districts in downtown Orlando. Uniting Orlando’s deep education, technology, and digital media sectors, it is home to University of Central Florida, Valencia College and home of EA Tiburon’s new global headquarters in 2021. Creative Village adds learn to the live/work/play mix, delivering an urban innovation district that supports a synergistic and dynamic blend of preschool through higher education, mixed-income residential, student housing, office space and creative studios, retail, restaurants, and park space.
Creative Village builds upon the success of Orlando’s digital media industry by transforming the former Amway Arena site into a 68-acre mixed-use, transit oriented, urban infill neighborhood in the heart of Downtown Orlando.
The vision for Creative Village focuses on developing a true “live, work, learn and play” urban innovation district that supports a synergistic and dynamic mix of uses including higher education, PS-8 education, mixed-income residential, student housing, office space/creative studios, retail/commercial, hotel and parks/open space. Leading higher education providers; high-tech, digital media and creative companies; and a diverse mix of students, employees and residents will call Creative Village home. The UCF/Valencia Downtown Campus, including the UnionWest student housing project, opened at Creative Village in August 2019 with more than 8,000 students/faculty/staff. Opportunity is growing on the west side of Orlando’s downtown. Creative Village, the transformation of 68-acres of land into a mixed-use, Innovation District, provides residents with new paths to education, careers, business, housing and community. This $1.5 billion public-private partnership is a shared vision for our community to ensure that our city’s kids have access to quality education in their neighborhood, which can lead to a high-quality job in their neighborhood, which ultimately provides them with the opportunity to raise a family in their neighborhood.