Here is the story... http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_...y-worlds-f.html
Site preparation is beginning for the future road network that will serve Walt Disney World’s planned new lower-rent commercial district, Flamingo Crossings.
Contractors working for the Reedy Creek Improvement District are pushing dirt around outside the interchange of State Road 429 and Western Way, the western entrance into Disney.
At that interchange, Disney World is planning a 450-acre commercial area of small restaurants, stores, service shops and "value-oriented" hotels and motels.
Last week Disney filed paperwork with the Orange County Comptroller’s Office announcing property swaps that give Reedy Creek the land it needs to build some of the roads in the area. Plans call for Hartzog Road, which is mostly unpaved there, to be relocated somewhat and paved. A loop road will come off Hartzog to the west. The above picture, shot in late March, shows the area where the loop road will be built, along with a sign warning people to keep an eye out for indigo snakes.
Reedy Creek Administrator Ray Maxwell said contractors will be mostly leveling land and installing utility lines for the next few months.
Flamingo Crossings is to be built in phases over eight to 10 years.
Disney’s land company, Buena Vista Land Co., began advertising parcels in the area in November.
Plans call for 4,000 to 5,000 rooms in low- to mid-rise lodges — priced to compete with moderate hotels and motels off Disney property.
The 300,000 to 500,000 square feet of retail space at Flamingo Crossings would target merchants of practical wares and services that tourists, Disney employees and area residents might need, such as groceries, toiletries or basic clothing — thereby competing with area shopping centers and outlet stores that draw many visitors off Disney property. The restaurants might include a mix of fast-food and casual-dining franchises not common on Disney grounds.
Some more stories and images on this subject:
- http://www.mouseplanet.com/8130/Walt_Disne...rk_Update#news3 (this one has a nice BIG map)
Your thoughts on this expansion?