Monday, October 30, 2006

Big Plans for I-Drive

International Drive, a popular tourist area, has had stiff competition from shops along Sandlake and Millenia Mall. Unicorp National Development, the company that created Baldwin Park Village Center, has accumulated about 30 acres on International Drive for a billion dollar project including hotels, restaurants, and upscale shops, that would be along the lines of Rodeo Drive in California.

The Goodings Plaza was just purchased for $22 million will incorporated into the original planned development adjacent to Mercado Mediterreanean Village shopping, which was previously purchased by Unicorp for $20 million. Gooding Plaza tenants include Ripleys Believe it or Not attraction, Charleys Steak House, Goodings Supermarket and the Crab House, will be incorporated into the new design, but Ripley would stay exactly the same. Orlando Sentinel 10/26/06.