Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order. - Virginia Woolf
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Off to the Races
As of yesterday, bids are in for the Creative Village with a short list expected as soon as Friday, April 30. That's fast timing given the complexity of the project. Yet, by the point we're a couple of years into conversation about the opportunity, bidders should have their stuff organized to the point they can clearly illustrate the necessary details such as a mix of affordable housing and transit-oriented design ... along with the all important financial feasibility. The City has requested that minimal investment be expected on its part, which is fair given the economy. The Orlando City Council will review the short list and top ranked team in May. All of a sudden, we're off to the races! And this is the contest that matters ... skip all the hoopla about some ponies doing something or other this weekend.
Right now, it's mostly just a great idea. The creative village concept for Orlando originated with Mayor Buddy Dyer, who recognizes the need to continue to grow our creative community such that economic development opportunities might be generated. Specifically, it refers to the 50+ acre site around the current arena downtown. More poetically, it is referred to as "the shining city on the hill" in a concept report developed by a community task force and published earlier this year by the City of Orlando.