After the iSquare Mall + Hotel project has been approved by the Orlando City Council on August 11, Abdul Mathin, chairman and CEO of The Blackmine Group unveiled more details on the new development. Mathin said after his company bought the site, he had a vision for the project in 2007. However, he couldn’t start it because of the down economy.
The $300 million-$400 million mixed-use development will be built on the corner of I-Drive and Kirkman Road and will feature nearly 500,000 square feet of upscale, a helipad atop the 27-story, 360-foot-tall complex and international retailers including some of the top brands in the world, a 729-room “7-star” hotel along with fancy amenities like a rooftop observation deck with rotating restaurant, 500-seat live performance theater, a 100,000-square-foot convention center and an indoor ice skating rink.
Construction works will likely start next year. The megamall-and-hotel complex is set to open in summer 2017 and is expected to create 2,000 jobs.