Did You Know?

 
 
Winter Springs First City Hall.jpgThe City of Winter Springs originated from a 160-acre town site in 1959, known as the Village of North Orlando.  Founded by a New York development company, the first residents numbered only 200 people.  Homes were marketed as "country estates" and could be purchased for as low as $20 down and $20 per month.  North Orlando was located on the west side of present day Winter Springs.
 
Today Winter Springs covers 9,470 acres, an area of 14.8 square miles.  In 2006, the City prohibited itself from expanding (annexing) east of DeLeon Street.  At build-out, Winter Springs is not expected to exceed 15 square miles. [source- City of Winter Springs, Planning Division, 2010]
 
The first business to open was the North Orlando Super Market, in 1965.  Today there are 807 business establishments, employing 6232 employees (2008 est.). [source- SCR, LLC, 2009]
 
Historic Winter Springs.jpgThe population in 1970 was only 1,161.
The current estimated population (2009) is 34,340. [source- BEBR, 2009]
 
The Village of North Orlando became the City of Winter Springs on June 13, 1972.
 
Of the City's total land area, only 8.8% remains vacant and developable.  Areas with the largest consolidation of vacant developable parcels are the Greeneway Interchange District and the Town Center District.  [source- City of Winter Springs, Planning Division, 2010]
 
The development of the Town Center was desired to create a vibrant "downtown" heart to the City.  A well-designed public realm adds value to all of the City's neighborhoods.  Blumberg Blvd. is now the location of choice for local weddings.
 
The Town Center is a place where people can reside in a mix of single and multiple family dwellings, and also gather to shop, relax, recreate, be entertained, attend community events, and enjoy the natural beauty of lands located in the Town Center.  A typical event in the Town Center draws 4,000-5,000 people.
 
In the Town Center, the public realm is reclaimed as an amenity for the public.  Emphasis is given to the form and relationship of traditional streets, squares, and neighborhoods.  Buildings are placed close to the street, framing the space as an outdoor room and parks and green spaces are provided as neighborhood gathering spaces.  Rather than maintaining private property and fostering exclusivity, the Town Center invites the public in.