• Developer proposes huge megamall on I-Drive near Kirkman


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Shopaholics listen up: 31 floors of shopping and entertainment could be coming to International Drive in Orlando.

    A developer wants to turn land at Kirkman Road and I-Drive into a Las Vegas-style megamall.

    Channel 9's Deneige Broom got a look at some of the developer's plans and asked residents what they thought about the massive proposal.

    While the intersection sits along the tourist district corridor, shops at that corner aren't exactly bustling, residents said.

    "This end has nothing. It's completely died," said resident Anthony Scott.

    Scott said he's lived in the area for 15 years, seeing it at its best and worst, and he thinks the spot could use some revitalization.

    "The other side, from the convention center down, is beautiful," Scott said. "To Sand Lake and over here, nothing."

    We got documents a developer submitted to the city of orlando hoping to get a large construction project approved for that corner to replace these shops.

    Renderings submitted by the developer show what could be called iSquare Mall and Hotel. The plans call for more than 160,000-square-feet of retail space, an ice skating rink and hotel, just to name a few of the possible amenities.

    Renderings show a revolving restaurant and observation deck the designer said would give customers a 360-degree view of the area from the top of it all.

    The plan is scheduled to go before the municipal planning board next month.

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