The Packing District of Orlando

Posted on September 23, 2020, 1:38 pm

The Big VISION

The Packing District is rooted deep in our history, grounded in the opportunity. And pointed towards 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. Looking 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.

Our Strong Commitment

Building on our commitment to investing in our neighborhoods, the City of Orlando is leveraging the development of the Packing District to enhance the quality of life for our residents with additional recreational options, green space, and infrastructure updates in the area centered at Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail.

A planned new city park will span across 66 acres and will be dedicated to housing new amenities, including:

  • A new tennis center
  • Bike and walking trails
  • Public park space
  • Preserved wetlands

Other infrastructure investments include new roadways, parking, and other public works upgrades which will allow for smart growth and public safety.

Humble Beginnings

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 for enriching his community. Most of the buildings were constructed using special Dr. Phillips bricks and a loving hand.

The long road to building

The Packing District is a combination of efforts going back almost 100 years. This place began with a man, Dr. Phillips. He looked to give citrus to the world. All while using his profits to give back to his community. Over the years, the business and his impact on the community grew. Then, with the passing of the family and the selling of the citrus business, the profits were entrusted to Dr. Phillips, Inc. – an organization created to carry out the charitable legacy of Dr. Phillips. Since 1953, the organization has been giving back and has gained the respect of the community to do the right thing.

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