City OKs Magic to put downpayment on OPD headquarters

Team wants to create entertainment complex

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando city leaders gave the Orlando Magic the option to buy the land that serves as Orlando Police headquarters in order to create a $100 million entertainment complex.

During Monday's council meeting, city leaders gave the team approval to put a downpayment on the OPD headquarters property as they begin the process of assessing the value.

Commissioners expressed the need for OPD to have a better, more technologically advanced building.

The Magic first spoke about building a $100 million complex in 2011. Recently, Orlando Police expressed interest in building a new headquarters -- leaving the current building and land empty.

The location of the current headquarters is across from the Amway Center -- where the Magic hope to expand.

The proposed entertainment complex would likely include a new hotel as well as dining and nightlife options for both residents and tourists.

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