by Diane Sears
Updated 11 months ago
EATONVILLE -- Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church is working on plans for a community center, school, offices, retail shops and a garage in this historic town of 2,400 residents.
ORANGE COUNTY -- Two new segments of the Western Beltway have opened: A five-mile stretch between Winter Garden-Vineland Road and New Independence Parkway, formerly McKinney Road, and a nine-mile piece farther south to U.S. Highway 192, where a new interchange this spring
will link the beltway to Walt Disney World property. By the end of this year, the beltway's final five-mile stretch is expected to take it to Interstate 4.
ORLANDO -- The University of Central Florida's 45,000-seat football stadium is scheduled to break ground on campus next month after the $51-million project received unanimous approval from the board of trustees in December. Opening date is set for August 2007...
>> SeaWorld Orlando has pushed the opening date for its new 58-acre water park to March 2008 to give planners more time to refine the details. The still-unnamed park will be a sister property to SeaWorld and Discovery Cove. Meanwhile, Anheuser Busch raised its one-day admission for SeaWorld and sister park Busch Gardens in Tampa by $2.20 to $61.95 in January, setting the trend for the other theme park companies to follow...
>> Developer Beat Kahli and his firm Avalon Associates are offering to build an $11-million vocational-tech school in east Orlando, allowing the Orange County School District to repay costs of the project later. The 50,000-sq.-ft. academy would be located on 32 acres across from Timber Creek High School at Avalon Park...
>> EE Ventures, a University of Central Florida Technology Incubator client, has won a contract from Lufthansa Technik of Germany to design and install 55-inch plasma monitors with high-definition entertainment systems in two private jets. The $1.5-million contract is the company's largest since it was founded in 2001...
>> Doubletree Guest Suites at Walt Disney World has completed a $2-million renovation of its 229 guest suites, the pool area, landscaping and meeting rooms.
POINCIANA -- Kissimmee developer and general contractor Thomas Chalifoux has announced plans to build a $30-million complex at Poinciana and Robert McLane boulevards that will include retail, professional offices, office warehouse and small businesses.
PORT CANAVERAL -- Vitol S.A. Inc. is negotiating with port officials to start construction midway through this year on a $120-million fuel storage terminal on 30 acres north of the port, along with a 50-mile fuel pipeline between the port and Orlando International Airport.
VOLUSIA COUNTY -- The Graves Avenue bridge over I-4 has closed while the Florida Department of Transportation constructs a new span as part of a $27.6-million project to be completed by early fall. Crews are using an innovative technique that involves building the structure along the east side of I-4 and then lifting it into place.
WINTER PARK -- Rollins College has received a $12-million gift from Thomas J. Petters, CEO and chairman of Petters Group Worldwide, to expand the school's international programs. The endowment will pay for two faculty chairs, overseas studies for students and enhancement of facilities and technology. Rollins and Petters Group also are involved in developing an educational facility for U.S. students in Shanghai.