The Orlando Magic are seeking bids to build their $200 million corporate headquarters and sports and entertainment complex next to the Amway Center at S. Hughey Avenue and West Church Street in Parramore.
But the construction schedule is still not settled because there are several issues that still need to be resolved, including where the Orlando Union Rescue Mission will move. The Mission, one of the oldest homeless shelters in Orlando, sits on land that is needed to make the complex happen, Joel Glass, the organization's spokesperson said.
The Magic have agreed to pay the mission $3 million for its property on Central Blvd. where its men's shelter is located, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The faith-based charity plans to move to a new, bigger shelter and is looking at various sites but hasn't made a final choice yet, said the Mission's CEO Allen Harden.
The Magic already own the rest of the block. Last November they bought two city buildings, the Orlando Police Headquarters, which will be relocated, as well as the Church Street parking garage, which will be demolished.
The bid document calls for the parking lot demolition and construction of a new six-story parking garage, corporate offices headquarters of five floors, and the sports entertainment complex, including a 15-story hotel that has not yet been branded. An additional parking garage may also be built.
The estimated start date of the work is Sept. 23.
However, a construction manager had not been selected as of earlier this week. A request for bids for a construction manager was issued March 12 to a short list of general contractors that the owner has not released.
The bid proposal says the Magic are also still seeking more municipal approvals.
In addition to serving as the Magic's corporate headquarters, the entertainment complex is designed to have retail shops, restaurants, convention space and other recreation centers where fans can go before and after games.