The Orlando planning board recently approved a plan to build the $400 million iSquare Mall + Hotel project, with groundbreaking set for January 2016.
The mixed-use project will be built at the corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road, where the International Shoppes strip mall is currently located. The project will totally transform the look of this portion of International Drive and will no doubt spur more development in the vicinity.
The proposed mega-project includes Solis Orlando, a two-tower 539-room hotel with a 24 hour revolving restaurant, and a smaller ultra-luxury 100 room Capella Suites. Rooftop guest pools are positioned in the sky and have an impressive view of all the neighboring attractions. The approved plan also includes a four-story shopping mall, restaurants, a seven story parking garage, rooftop observation deck, and a 400-foot-tall helipad.
The project is scheduled to open in late fall of 2017.
On Monday evening the Orlando City Council approved a massive new development that will redefine the north end of International Drive.
The $400 million I-Square Mall and Hotel project will be built on the southeast corner of International Drive and Kirkman Road. The state-of-the-art complex will include a 26-story, 729-room luxury hotel, a multi-level shopping mall, a 500-seat live performance theater, 100,000 square-foot convention center, food court, ice-skating rink and a 360′ high roof-top observation deck with rotating restaurant. Project developers envision a “flashy, Las Vegas-style complex catering to affluent travelers”.
When built, the I-Square Mall and Hotel will instantly become a landmark on North I-Drive. It will replace the International Shoppes strip mall, which will be demolished to make way for the complex.
I-Square Mall and Hotel is expected to begin construction in 2015, with a grand opening slated for the summer of 2017.
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