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Creative Village Starts With A Bus Line

Lime Line Bus at the Creative Village site in Parramore. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
Lime Line Bus at the Creative Village site in Parramore. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

The developer of Creative Village says he will move ahead with the project for downtown Orlando even if state funding fails to materialize.  Today's official groundbreaking was for bus service providing a link to the heart of the city.

The Lime line is part of Lymmo’s free bus rapid transit network through Orlando.

Mayor Buddy Dyer said transit is an important part of Creative Village.

“Since we’re ground breaking, this kicks off construction on Creative Village today, how about that,”said Dyer.

It’s also the site of a proposed University of Central Florida downtown campus, but state funding for that could be delayed – if lawmakers don’t include it in the special session in June.

And that worries Creative Village developer Craig Ustler.

“Basically our private development is teed up and ready to go but it’s sitting side by side with UCF with baited breath and waiting for the good news from the State of Florida,” said Ustler.

He said his development will still go ahead- just not as quickly.

Building on the mixed use site is slated to start next year.

That's when the bus line is also due to start- and when it does, it will provide a boost to Parramore residents, said District 5 commissioner Regina Hill.

Transportation is a major thing, especially here in the Parramore area where transportation for many of our residents is a challenge,” said Hill.

The Lime Line will run a two point one mile route, connecting the site of Orlando’s Creative village development with the Amway Center.

Hill said it will help residents access  access employment hubs like Medical City and connect to other mass transit like the SunRail commuter train.

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