Orlando officials break ground for residential project in The Packing District

The Packing District is a $408 million project

ORLANDO, Fla. – Construction is underway in one of Orlando's busiest industrial areas on Orange Blossom Trail and Princeton Street.

On Thursday, the first official groundbreaking took place within The Packing District, a mixed-use development taking shape near College Park.

"The work we are going to do here today and the work we are going to do over the next five and 10 years is going to create more revenue that we can put back in this community," said Ken Robinson, president and CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities.

The district will have a brand-new luxury residency called The Cannery at the Packing District, which will provide 307 residential units and will be available for leasing in 2021.

The Packing District is a $408 million project that has been in the works for the last five years.

"The idea really came from this property 
that's so close to downtown that it can create a catalyst for change and a catalyst for the College Park community. It's just the perfect location for a project like this," Robinson said.

The Packing District will feature a grocery store, restaurants and a replica of the original Dr. Phillips Juice Stand, a once-iconic building from decades past.

"This was Dr. Phillip's third location. He was the largest citrus grower in the world at that point in time and this is where he packaged citrus so it was a perfect name for it," Robinson said.

About the Author:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!