Orlando's old jai alai fronton could become entertainment complex with poker rooms, concert venues, apartments

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The one-time jai alai fronton and current church on 17-92 in Casselberry is looking to get back into the gambling business.

Property owner Richard Birdoff has teamed up with entertainment complex developer The Cordish Companies in the hopes of building a massive mixed-use complex.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the planned space will include residential apartment buildings, dining options, a sportsbook and poker rooms.



Elsewhere, the complex will have a country-music themed restaurant, an outdoor stage and potentially thousands of apartments. A further 70,000 square feet of commercial space is planned for the space. Because of Seminole County statutes, the town center will need to approve its plans to host a gambling venue with voters. A planned presentation is coming up next year, with the hope that a ballot initiative will be approved for November. The space is already licensed for pari-mutuel gambling due to its history as a jai alai fronton.



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