Sunday, April 14, 2024

Orange County approves extension of Kirkman Road through Universal expansion property


On Tuesday, Orange County, FL commissioners voted to approve an extension of Kirkman Drive that will cut through the Western side of Universal Orlando Resort’s expansion area, located to the south of the current resort. According to the County, the new stretch of roadway will service a number of expansion projects, including:

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Orange County Convention Center: adding an 80,000 square foot ballroom and an additional 60,000 square feet of meeting rooms.

Lockheed Martin: adding 255,000 square feet of office space

University of Central Florida Rosen School of Hospitality: adding a 50,000 square foot building

Universal Orlando Resort: 758 developable acres for parks, resorts, additional attractions, and support facilities.

In addition to providing access to these properties, the new roadway is expected to reduce congestion in International Drive by providing another North-South corridor. The estimated cost for the project is $250-300 million, with $16 million being provided by the state as part of the Florida Job Growth Infrastructure Grant Agreement. Construction is scheduled to begin Summer 2020.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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