Grand opening celebration held for the University Club and Modera Central

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Rich King, President-elect, The University Club of Orlando; Eran Landry, VP of development, Mill Creek; Jacob V. Stuart Jr., President, The University Club of Orlando; Regina Hill, District 5 City of Orlando Commissioner; Bill Frederick, former Mayor, City of Orlando; Robert Stuart, District 3 City of Orlando Commissioner. (Photos courtesy of the University Club)

Big names in the Orlando scene showed up for the grand opening of the University Club and the Modera Central apartments on May 9. State and local politicians who attended include Orlando City Commissioners Robert Stuart and Regina Hill, former Orlando Mayor Bill Frederick and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. The University Club is situated below Modera Central on 152 E Pine St.

Stuart, whose district includes College Park and the North Quarter of downtown Orlando, was introduced by University Club Vice President Rickard King as the newest member of the University Club before taking the podium. Stuart led a hip-hip hooray for Jacob Stuart Jr., who is the president of the University Club and Commissioner Stuart’s nephew.

“Downtown development is important,” Stuart said. “It’s important not only because we get a chance to build great buildings, but we get a chance to enjoy them together and be part of our downtown community.”

He also playfully thanked Hill, whose district includes a large chunk of downtown Orlando, for allowing him in her district. Hill spoke at the podium following Stuart and finished by reading a proclamation from Mayor Buddy Dyer which proclaimed May 9th, 2019 as University Club Day in the City of Orlando.

The University Club was established in 1926, and relocated to Modera’s 22-story building this year. According to the University Club’s website, the University Club Scholarship Program was launched in 1932 and has raised more than $2 million in scholarships for higher education in Central Florida.

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