Orlando Magic asks Union Rescue Mission to move for entertainment complex, mission CEO says



The Orlando Magic and the Orlando Union Rescue Mission are trying to reach an agreement about the team's plans to build a $100 million entertainment complex.

The mission sits right where the Magic want to build at West Central Boulevard and Division Avenue in downtown Orlando.

The rescue mission told the Orlando Magic it would move as long as the Magic invest several million dollars in a new building there.

The Orlando Union Rescue Mission has helped tens of thousands of homeless men from its downtown location since the 1960s.

The Magic's plans for an entertainment hot spot on the block may mean it's time for the mission to move.

The CEO of the mission said the Magic asked if city-owned land in Parramore would be acceptable, at Terry Avenue and Anderson Street, about four blocks away.

The mission says it would be, as long as the Orlando Magic invests in it.

"We don't spend any more than we take in. We do not have debt under any circumstances," said Allen Harden of the Orlando Union Rescue Mission.

A source with the Magic said having the parcel of land on which the mission sits is not critical to building the complex.

A Magic spokesperson would only say that talks are continuing and the complex would be a $100 million investment by the Magic in downtown.

Harden hopes the Magic also invests in people.

"Let's say we care as a community, not just to be entertained but about the lives of our neighbors. Those that are homeless, hungry and hurting," Harden said.

One of the most important parts of the deal for the mission is that the landmark cross move to the new facility and be in a place that stands out just as much, the mission said.

"A lot of people tell us, 'When I saw that cross, I came and I knew that I had hope,'" Harden said.

The cross went up when the building did about 50 years ago.

The city purchased the land that could be the mission's new site about two years ago as part of its strategic plans for redeveloping Parramore.