Fight Back Coalition says Creative Village will force out Parramore residents and businesses


PARRAMORE, Fla. - A group of residents fighting to keep the Creative Village from being built in downtown Orlando is meeting Monday.

The Creative Village is set to go where the former Amway Arena stood on West Amelia Street.

The Fight Back Coalition says the project will force out low-income residents and longtime businesses.

The people set to meet Monday evening said the continued development in Parramore is doing a lot for big businesses, but not so much for the folks who actually live in the neighborhood.

They're concerned that the Creative Village project and the proposed soccer stadium that would give the Orlando City Soccer Club a permanent major league home in the area are coming with the help of huge infusions of public money, but they believe not enough of that money is improving the lives of longtime residents.

The Environmental Protection Agency is set to discuss plans to address longtime commercial pollution in Parramore, but again, the critics who will be at the meeting to listen say the cleanup money's being spent, they fear, in an unfair way--focusing more on cleaning up areas slated for commercial development.