Cantone’s Corner: Stop Creative Village Campaign Launches to Save Parramore
A new campaign has been launched to save the Parramore community from impending gentrification due to Creative Village. Stop Creative Village targets Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s pet project, which is being developed by Craig Ustler on the old Amway site and will consist of at least 1,500 new residential units and 1 million more square feet of commercial office space. Development our city simply does not need.
Displacement of low-income residents who have historically lived in the Parramore community is the greatest concern for the campaign. The Parramore neighborhood has been ignored and left to rot by Dyer and city officials, especially compared to the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent on the venues surrounding the area. Creative Village is the major piece to Mayor Dyer’s greater “Downtown West” redevelopment plan to gentrify Parramore and ultimately redevelop land from the new Amway to the Citrus Bowl to Creative Village, as was exposed in city-organized town hall meetings last year.
This development will also lead to the demolition of the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, also known as the Orlando Municipal Auditorium, Orlando’s oldest public building still standing.
This is the first video from the campaign, which is planning an education and awareness campaign and will schedule Town Hall meetings in the Parramore community to engage more residents with the goal of gaining public and written assurances from the City of Orlando to preserve and protect the Parramore community.