New Vibrant Community in the Heart of College Park 

The Packing District is a legacy of its own, maintaining character and history that not only laid the groundwork for economic freedom but has since transformed the way people live, work, and play in Orlando.

Dr. Phillip's name is known for the philanthropy work that is done within the community, but his legacy lives on much further than just that. The District was home to the original citrus producer in the region and multiple premier packing houses developed by Dr. Phillips, ensuring that this district was a key place in the early economic ecosystem of Orlando. Since the passing of the family and the selling of the citrus business, the profits were entrusted to Dr. Phillips, Inc., which has poured countless resources into this community, establishing a new and inviting place to live. 

A promise from the beginning was to give the community a family center with state-of-the-art wellness equipment and specialized programs to promote healthy living for every age and ability (District, 2018). The Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA and the new tennis center in the heart of 32804 will give children a place to go for youth development and the community an outlet to work on their health and wellness goals. 

The Packing District is also no stranger to unique social spots and cuisine. Early this year, the 1948 Dr. Phillips’ juice stand withstood a renovation to house a group of local brands, including Foxtail Coffee Co., Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, and Ravenous Pig Brewing Co. - some of Orlando’s local favorites.

Only a walk away, the Southern Box Food Hall will also be a development that people will want to enjoy. A gathering place where the community can socialize and spend time with friends and family. The Hall will have a micro-brewery, a 4,000-square-foot event space, a signature restaurant and bar, a large parking area, a monument sign for The Packing District, 14,000 square feet of retail space, and 10,000 square feet of office space (District, 2020).


Families were at the forefront of the planning of the Packing District — carefully thinking through realistic needs in the community, such as Publix, educational opportunities like 4Roots Farm and Agriculture, and surrounding parks. All community-focused establishments are inviting and inclusive and give families an ideal place to live. Each establishment has been thoughtfully curated to that audience, driving interest and traffic to this unique part of town. 

Interested in learning more about the Packing District? Visit to read more on timelines and news.

*All pictures are from the Packing District Orlando website. 


District, P. (2018, May 20). YMCA Construction to Begin.

District, P. (2020, July 28). Food Hall Scheduled to be Complete.

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