Founder of Tampa Bay Lightning Phil Espositoone of the greatest hockey players and leaders of all time, lends his name and NHL Hall of Fame credentials to the new elite athletic campus at Olympus in Clermont. according to a report in GrowthSpotter.
The visionary who brought professional hockey to Florida and helped build a three-time Stanley Cup champion franchise in Tampa will be a founding partner of Olympus’ new $20 million ice center. The facility will feature two NHL rinks for ice hockey and figure skating practice and competitions.
“Olympus is a truly visionary community and an incredible sporting goal,” said Esposito. “I’m so proud to be a part of the Olympus Ice Center, which will propel the growth and popularity of ice hockey not just in Florida but around the world.”
Esposito, whose likeness is immortalized on a statue at Amelie Arena in Tampa Bay, continued, “The Ice Center at Olympus is the perfect platform for teams like Lightning to deliver exceptional development programs to Central Florida. It’s also the perfect place for high school, college and professional team training and international competitions.”
Located on the highest elevation of the Olympus site, the Sports Campus will feature traditional and emerging sports in indoor and outdoor training and competition venues. a year-round schedule of amateur, collegiate and elite events with on-site hospitality and entertainment; and an all-encompassing performance institute for top athletes from around the world.
It will also have a 5,800-seat multi-purpose arena capable of hosting major sporting and entertainment events.
Other features include an international soccer center consisting of a 3,500-seat soccer stadium and multiple soccer fields; the ice center; a multi-sport field house for volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and more; a beach volleyball pavilion; a 4.5-mile trail system for triathlon and other special events; and the largest authentic red clay tennis center in the United States, designed to host major events on a par with major international tennis competitions.
As a high school student, Damien Madsen spent a lot of time in the brick building on Park Avenue next to the Alfond Inn.
Before and after his shift, he waited tables at a nearby restaurant, studied for upcoming exams, and read in the Winter Park library. The focus at the time was on his future.
He joined UCF, began a career in commercial real estate and eventually became Managing Director of Winter Park’s Birmingham office Herbert Real Estate Servicesreturning to work downtown, he calls home.
Now he hopes to be able to return, just a short walk away, to the now-empty space that played such an important part in his upbringing. His focus now: the future of the former library.
With the help of a construction company from Birmingham Brassfield & Gorrie and the Orlando architecture team Hunton Brady, Herbert Realty Services is expected to undertake $10.5 million to renovate the ground floor of the former library into a nutritional cafeteria with multiple health and wellness tenants. The top floors would be converted into a co-working hub with office and meeting spaces.
The extensive scope of work includes the installation of a new elevator, new staircase and additional windows to let in more natural light. Every inch of flooring would be removed and replaced. New interior walls are raised. Bathrooms would be completely redone to meet ADA compliance. An outdoor meeting place would be created near the entrance of the cafeteria, with tables, chairs and benches in the shade of large trees.
It would cost as much as building a whole new building from scratch, Madsen said. But for him it is worth much more than the capital investment.
“It’s a heart project,” he says. “The idea of taking a building that I’m very familiar with and was a part of my life growing up and then creating a new life for that building for generations to come – that’s what really excites me excited.”
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