West Orange Chamber DISCOVER 2019

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OCOEE 150 N. Lakeshore Drive Ocoee, Florida 34761 (407) 905-3100 www.ocoee.org Incorporated: 1925 Population: 45,694 Millage: 5.5000 Mayor: Rusty Johnson Assistant City Manager: Craig Shadrix craig.shadrix@ci.ocoee.fl.us Ideally situated at the heart of all of Central Florida’s major highways and expressways, Ocoee is home to a vibrant residential and business community making it an ideal place to live, raise a family and grow a business. Just a short distance from metropolitan Orlando and Walt Disney World, Ocoee offers a family-oriented, hometown atmosphere countless recreational, employment and educational opportunities. Known for its exceptional quality of life, Ocoee is home to boat launches, fishing docks, nature trails, picnic areas, sports facilities and playgrounds. Beautiful Starke Lake has the distinction of being one of the “Fab Five” lakes in the greater Orlando area. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation recognized Starke Lake as one of five water bodies managed for quality-size fish. Whether it’s fishing, taking a dip in the pool


at the Family Aquatic Center or enjoying a relaxing round of golf at the championship Forest Lake course, there’s something for everyone in Ocoee. With a population over 45,000, and a renewed focus on the historic downtown, Ocoee is buzzing with optimism. The city is in the midst of a $44 million capital projects program to enhance public spaces and key infrastructure in Downtown Ocoee. The City’s 18 capital projects are underway and will create or expand public spaces along the western shore of beautiful Starke Lake and provide infrastructure to the downtown area. City Center West Orange is the ‘centerpiece’ of the city’s revitalization plans. Located on the “new Maine Street”, City Center West Orange is ramping up construction on Phase 1 which will feature a 122-room hotel, more than 172,000 square feet of shopping, restaurant, retail space and 480 condo units along the shore of Lake Bennet. West Oaks Mall, west Orange County’s only indoor mall, collaborated with the Orange County Tax Collector to open a new motor vehicle office in Ocoee this January, combining the former West Colonial Drive and Winter Garden locations. The mall’s movie theater got a $7 million makeover with plush seating and enhanced food services. The Lakeshore Center, West Orange County’s premier event destination, is expanding with the addition of a 400-seat facility. The Park at 429 has opened and is now home to a regional furniture distribution center and houses one of the largest showrooms in Central Florida. The property is strategically located with easy access to SR 429 and the surrounding highways. The Ocoee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is actively funding several projects to beautify the Fifty West Redevelopment District


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