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    Located near College Park, the Packing District will soon rise as a new development in Orlando. The area is rooted in history, grounded in opportunity and directed toward the future. It will be a new community for the city of Orlando, stitching together neighborhoods and honoring the legacy of this special place.
    Led by Dr. Phillips Charities, the development of the site represents an opportunity to celebrate the history of The Packing District and look toward the future of the community, the city and the region. The district’s master plan has been designed to encourage community wellness from the development of a new regional park to the network of plazas – each connected by pedestrian and bike trails that stitch everything together.
   Some highlights of the district will include: a YMCA Family Center, a Regional Park, Trails, a Food Hall, 4Roots Farm & Agriculture Center, Townhomes and Multi-family units.
        One of the original citrus producers in the region, Dr. Phillips used the land that stretches along Orange Blossom Trail near College Park as the site of one of his multiple premier packing houses, creating a key place in the early economic ecosystem of Orlando. The site was the first industrial property in Central Florida and the crown jewel in the Dr. Phillips real estate holdings. Buildings on the site focused on his business and his philanthropic passion of enriching his community. Most of the buildings were constructed by his teams using special Dr. Phillips bricks and a loving hand.
     Some of the nostalgic aspects to the development will include "The Cannery" as seen to the left in addition. With ground broken in November of 2019, the project will continue throughout the next two years when developers aim to achieve its full completion.

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