Construction has commenced on Catchlight Crossings, an affordable and mixed-income housing community in Orlando, Florida, marked by Universal Destinations & Experiences and developed by Wendover Housing Partners. This project, spanning 20 acres of land donated by Housing for Tomorrow (Universal’s not-for-profit initiative), aims to address the need for affordable housing in Central Florida.
Catchlight Crossings will boast 1,000 affordable apartment homes, along with retail spaces, play areas, and comprehensive amenities. The development’s unique feature is the inclusion of an on-site, tuition-free Bezos Academy preschool, in collaboration with the University of Central Florida. The architectural blueprint is spearheaded by Beyer Blinder Belle, with BDG Architects as the executive architect, Palmetto Interiors for interior design, and RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture handling landscape design.
Funding for this ambitious project includes a $29.1 million construction loan from JPMorgan Chase. Catchlight Crossings is set to remain an affordable community, with 75 percent of units reserved for households earning 60 percent or less of the area median income, facilitated by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.
Catchlight Crossings is set unveil its first phase in 2026. Per Multi-Housing News, the complex will be located at the intersection of Destination Parkway & Universal Boulevard in Orlando, FL.