We have an update to one of the big stories of 2018, the closure of the Crossroads shopping center. There’s a huge construction project currently remaking the I-4 freeway from near Universal Studios to points eastward. Florida’s Department of Transportation (FDOT) had announced that the improvement project would soon expand westward adding a toll lane and improving overpasses and ramps from Universal down to Davenport, FL.
It’s true all this is needed, but it meant a big change for one of Walt Disney World’s original retail projects – the shopping center known as Crossroads. The plan called for moving the I-4 to 535 off ramp and adding a retention pond right where Crossroads exists today.
Tenants had initially been told they would have to vacate by the end of 2019, but an update on the project from FDOT means those tenants now have at least an additional 18 months before work begins.
I was wondering why ‘For Lease’ signs were still up at the property.
It’s true that Disney will enjoy having less competition for Disney Springs, but it does raise an interesting question, where will all these tenants move to? How far are guests and nearby vacationers willing to travel to get some fast food or dine at a fun restaurant after a day at the parks.
This means you can still enjoy your favorite vendor including Sweet Tomatoes, TGI Fridays, Jonnies Hideaway, McDonalds, Taco Bell and Tom + Chee. Where do you like to shop or eat at Crossroads in Lake Buena Vista?