Boomtown: New YMCA facility opens at Orlando’s new Packing District

Fitness center to serve more than 68K people who live in College Park, Pine Hills and more

ORLANDO, Fla. – A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday at The Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA in Orlando’s new Packing District.

The facility is located on Princeton Street between John Young Parkway and Orange Blossom Trail and is bringing over 100 new jobs to the area.

The new YMCA is set to offer all sorts of programs for adults and children and has the potential to serve more than 68,000 people who live in College Park, Pine Hills and other surrounding neighborhoods.

Construction for a new apartment complex is underway just feet away from the building.

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YMCA leaders called the Packing District one of Orlando’s “newest and vibrant communities.”

“Right where we are standing was just some property that (has) never been developed. It had really a lot of homeless camps in this area that we’ve taken care of and this is a multi-phase project, so we do have some multi-family open, but this is really the first real piece that people can come to visit,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.

The Packing District will be home to 4Roots Farm and Agriculture Center and The Cannery apartment complex, which was the first project to break ground in 2019.

Dyer mentioned a new Publix supermarket is also under construction nearby.

The YMCA is set to hold a block party to celebrate the grand opening on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!