Orlando City Council Approves Plans for iSquare Mall + Hotel on International Drive

The Orlando City Council voted unanimously today to approve plans submitted by The BlackMINE Group to build the iSquare Mall + Hotel, a megamall and a seven-star hotel at the intersection of International Drive and Kirkman Road — the heart of Orlando’s tourism corridor.

“There has never been a project like this built before,” said developer Abdul Mathin. “Not only will we create thousands of jobs for Orlando, but we are making this a totally green building with a greater focus on innovative technologies.”

According to the Orlando Business Journal, the iSquare Mall & Hotel would create an estimated 2,000 jobs. It would feature 749 hotel rooms, 490,213 square feet of retail space, a restaurant, a 100,000-square-foot convention center, an indoor ice-skating rink, a 500-seat live performance theater and office space. The project includes an 11-story, 2,780-space parking garage and comes with an estimated $300 million-$400 million price tag.

iSquare would also create the first seven-star hotel in North America and offer a helipad and a revolving restaurant.

The build will be performed by the following: Cannon Designs for structural engineering, mechanical and electrical; the HBA group will lead the structural, super structure and interiors of the building; Balfour Beatty will be the general contractor for the project; Ray Scott of Scott Architects & Interior Design will serve as chief architect; Rick Magley of Magley Design will focus on landscaping; and Terracon will be the project’s geoengineer.

The iSquare Mall + Hotel is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

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