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MORE THAN A HIGHWAY

What do you see when you drive down the Semoran Corridor in East Orlando? Sure, there are over 750 businesses dotting the landscape from Highway 50 to Orlando International Airport (OIA). And yes, there are over 65,000 automobiles traveling up and down the corridor all day long.

 

But, behind the scenes there is a group of dedicated community leaders working hard to help the local businesses prosper and grow. These companies are a mix of "Big Box" and "Mom and Pop" companies that create the economic drive making this part of Orlando, a fast paced, thriving area that is highly sought after.

 

Over 21 apartment complexes and property management companies quickly pounced on the opportunity to make the most of this convenient location. Luxury rents have risen, while design and curb appeal has greatly enhanced the area. In close proximity to, major arteries, including SR 408 (East West Expressway), SR 528 (Beachline Express) combined with access to MCO – Orlando International Airport makes this location highly desirable for business people, students and retirees.

 

Over 19 hotels offer lodging to the more than 44.6 million visitors, traveling through the airport, including, those going or returning from a cruise, families visiting Central Florida attractions and business travelers here for a few days, getting their first taste of all the City Beautiful.    Hotel occupancy rate is solid, with the occupancy rate of 84.9 for Orlando, overall. The over 75 restaurants and shops greatly benefit from the tourist and business activity, combines with spending by the locals.

 

Main Street Districts in Orlando have donated over 70,000 hours volunteer hours with an estimated value of $1.5 million. We work on projects ranging from food drives, to trash clean-up, to beautification efforts and continue to raise awareness and draw people and businesses to this area.

 

The goal of Gateway Orlando continues to be one of uniting business and residents and to bring art and culture to our area. We promote a family, friendly atmosphere. The beauty and the potential of the Semoran Corridor is only limited by our vision.

So, the next time you are driving down the Semoran Corridor, keep in mind, it is much more than "just a road".

Susan Wilcox

Gateway Orlando District

Advisory Board