UCF Downtown is starting to take shape.

Construction has begun on a $105 million student housing complex at the corner of Livingston Street and Terry Avenue. It will be the first major high rise built in the Creative Village.

The 15-story complex will house students from the University of Central Florida and Valencia College, along with the Valencia Culinary Arts program. It will include 127 units and a nine-story parking garage that will hold 600 vehicles.

Creative Village SHP Owner LLC, which includes Ustler Development, New York-based Development Ventures Group Inc. and an unnamed equity partner, paid $3.35 million to buy the 1.41-acre site from the City of Orlando, according to the Orlando Businss Journal.

Creative Village is a public-private partnership between the City of Orlando and Creative Village Development LLC. The 68-acre Creative Village sits on the former site of the Amway Arena and Orlando Centroplex.

The student dorms are slated for completion August 2019.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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