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Skull Kingdom Gives Way To Housing


Skull Kingdom, or more accurately the land under the macabre ex-attraction at the corner of I-Drive and Universal Boulevard, will have a new life as moderately priced rental housing.

The 9-year-old attraction with the walk-through cranium at the front door will be demolished soon to make way for a four-story, wood-frame apartment building, said Damien Madsen, a partner in Broad Street Partners, the project’s developer. Construction should start by August, he said.

The 333-unit complex, wrapped around a parking garage at 5933 American Way, will be within walking distance of many I-Drive employers, Madsen noted. He said more than 40,000 people work within two miles of the site, which is opposite Universal Orlando on Interstate 4, by the corner of I-Drive and Universal Boulevard.

“It will be very pedestrian friendly,” he said, though the developer is also considering shuttle-bus service for tenants to Universal Studios and the Orange County Convention Center.

Most of the units will be two-bedrooms. Rents will range from $850 to $1,200 a month. It’s an interesting choice. Maybe the developer realized that Orlando’s condo craze has run its course. (Although I could be in the market for a nice little pied a terre in the Universal area!)

If you never made it to Skull Kingdom, click on the link to see what you missed. Then check out the other roadside attractions in The Other Orlando.




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