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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Apr. 7, 2022 2 months ago

Walt Disney World unveils plans for affordable-housing development

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The new development in Central Florida is expected to include more than 1,300 units.

Walt Disney World Resort announced it has earmarked nearly 80 acres of land to bring a new affordable-housing development to Southwest Orange.

The development, which is still in the early planning stages and subject to appropriate approvals, is expected to include more than 1,300 units and will be constructed by a third-party affordable-housing developer on Disney’s land near its Central Florida theme parks. The development will offer residents a variety of home choices that are affordable and attainable, located in close proximity to schools and the new and expanding Flamingo Crossings Town Center retail and dining complex in Horizon West.

The development will be available for qualifying applicants from the general public, including Disney cast members.  

“We are invested in working together with our community to solve complex issues,” Walt Disney World Resort President Jeff Vahle said. “The lack of affordable housing is affecting many people across our country, including right here in Central Florida. With this initiative, we’re lending a hand to make a real and meaningful impact in our community by tapping into the best of our company’s strengths. This is the right opportunity and the right time to take action.” 

For more details about Disney’s community initiatives in Central Florida, visit DisneyWorldGivesBack.com

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