Excerpted from Orlando Business Journal story.
Downtown Orlando has seen renewed retail interest in recent months. For example, a climbing gym, a retail and grocery store and Taco Bell Cantina all have revealed plans to open in the urban core.
That said, more full-time downtown residents ultimately will shape the region’s retail landscape, said Terrence Hart, senior director at Franklin Street of Orlando, who handles retail leasing and isn’t involved with the art effort. Construction recently started on yet another downtown apartment project — Memphis-based apartment investor Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc.’s (NYSE: MAA) 11-story, 368-unit Orange and Robinson Apartments at 336 N. Orange Ave. “Multifamily is going to drive retail,” Hart said.