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What was this supposed to be? An eyesore?

KBLovesDisney

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
Alright guys. I am fixing to head back to the World in a couple of weeks. A thought came to mind. Everytime we go, we pass by this building:

It looks abandoned, or they are just taking their sweet time completing it.

My question: What was this supposed to be? Anyone?

By the way, the process of finding this picture on Google was literally searching for "Florida I4 Eyesore"...sad
 

winstongator

Well-Known Member
This article from 2017 explains what the building was supposed to be, and when the project was started (2001?!😱):
http://www.wftv.com/www.wftv.com/news/local/owner-of-i-4-eyesore-says-16-year-project-to-be-completed-this-year/492286369
Took halfway down to read
According to SuperChannel’s website, the building is going to be an “18 story office, retail and broadcast facility,” that is “designed to serve the business and ministry needs of the Central Florida community.”
 

cheezbat

Well-Known Member
It’s well known as the I-4 Eyesore. Us central Floridians have joked about this tower for ages. I always wonder what will happen in the future with this thing. Will it ever be finished? Will it be redeveloped? Will it be demolished?
 

KBLovesDisney

Well-Known Member
Original Poster
I am starting to wonder if there maybe people that live near this thing or drive by it everyday that have grown unconsciously attached to it, made it a monument in their minds.:cautious:

Kind of like the "Rocket" at one of the State Fairs I went to as a kid. Ugly thing but it was the go to meet up place for families, and now it will never be forgotten.
 

Master Yoda

Pro Star Wars geek.
Premium Member
It’s well known as the I-4 Eyesore. Us central Floridians have joked about this tower for ages. I always wonder what will happen in the future with this thing. Will it ever be finished? Will it be redeveloped? Will it be demolished?
As recent as last June, Bowers claims that construction will be ramping up again and it will be done in a year under a best case scenario. Of course this guy has been saying this for nearly 20 years now so take it for what it is worth.

I am not really all that surprised though. I have been in construction on the engineering side since 95 and this is pretty indicative of self funded and especially self funded church projects. The budget is always hanging by a thread, the owners want everything for free and expect you to jump through every hoop imaginable because it is for the church. The worst part is the labor is far too often made up of parishioners that are frequently not remotely qualified to do the work.

Because of those factors construction moves at a snail's pace, delays are plentiful and you run into more errors than any 10 jobs combined. Even well funded church projects never seem to go smoothly.
 
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