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Developer linked to AMP Group plans dual helipad attraction on I-Drive

A development group with ties to AMP Group is proposing a helicopter tour attraction with dual helipads on North International Drive, in what is now the parking lot of newly-renovated shopping center Orlando Crossings West.

Dubbed Orlando Crossings Heliport, the project is planned for 5529 International Dr., and had an application filed on Oct. 19 with the City of Orlando's Planning division for a conditional use permit to build a 2,400-square-foot, two-story building with two heliport pads for helicopter tours. The application will be heard on Dec. 15 by the Municipal Planning Board.

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An initial design submitted to City of Orlando Planning staff for a dual helipad attraction proposed for North International Drive.
An initial design submitted to City of Orlando Planning staff for a dual helipad attraction proposed for North International Drive. (Architectural Resource Group)

Based on submitted engineering documents by Florida Engineering Group, the two-story building would support ticket sales, with a lounge and observation deck on the second level and two helipads branching off from the sales building, forming the shape of an "L."

The new development would occupy what is currently parking lot space of Orlando Crossings West fronting N. International Drive, near the corner with Oak Ridge Road, and would lie directly east of fast food restaurant Del Taco.

Developer listed on the project is OrlaCross LLC, an affiliate of AMP Group that owns the Orlando Crossings East and West shopping center properties.

Andres R. Lucero, operating owner of DLL Electronics, 909 Realty, is the applicant listed on development plans filed with the city, declined requests for comment Thursday.

Alejandro Pezzini, COO of AMP Group, confirmed for GrowthSpotter Thursday that Lucero is in the process of getting approval for helicopter use on the property from both the FAA and City of Orlando.

"It's very exciting for us to have a tenant that meets some of the goals we have for bringing attractions and innovation to North I-Drive," Pezzini said. "We hope he gets all the necessary approvals."

Architect listed on the project is Architectural Resource Group out of Altamonte Springs, while a general contractor listed is Tanner & Company of Winter Park.

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