LIFT Orlando clearing commercial site near Camping World Stadium

LIFT Orlando plans to start clearing land it bought last year just east of Camping World Stadium, but the redevelopment agency hasn't confirmed future plans for the 7.2-acre site.

A LIFT affiliate assembled four parcels at the corner of W. Church Street and S. Norton Avenue for a combined total of $2.9 million. This week the nonprofit organization filed an application with the City of Orlando for a demolition permit for the former Hydraulic House warehouse at 1342 W. Church St.

LIFT Orlando spokesman James Woelbern told GrowthSpotter on Friday no definite plans have been made for future use of the property. Last year multiple sellers were told the site could be used for a parking garage. The LIFT assemblage, combined with the adjacent city-owned parking lot, totals 12.4 acres.

LIFT Orlando was founded in 2012 by local business leaders to revitalize the communities of West Lakes and fight a cycle of poverty there.

The non-profit organization's first major project is well underway, a full redevelopment of the former Washington Shores apartment complex on Orange Center Boulevard, a half mile southwest of Camping World Stadium. 

LIFT was also a key player in the redesign of the 12-acre Lake Lorna Doone Park just south of the stadium. The park master plan, developed by planning group Jacobs and funded by LIFT Orlando, calls for more than 40 improvements to the park, including a fitness trail, splash park and the city's 10th community garden. 

The Florida Citrus Sports Association (FCS), which owns the stadium, entered into a park-improvement agreement with the city in May to manage design, permitting and construction. The Phase 1 budget is estimated at $6.8 million.  

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