Despite Universal still not confirming a new theme park on their recently acquired property near Lockheed Martin, the company is moving forward with plans to improve access to the property from Sand Lake Road.
Public documents posted by Orange County show that Universal lobbyist John McReynolds has been meeting with the county for over a year now discussing the previously announced plans to extend Kirkman Road through both land that Universal owned at the time and the newly acquired property.
McReynolds has been called “one of the [tourism] industry’s most influential experts and advisers in the realm of government relations” and his regular meetings with Orange County regarding this proposed road extension show just how important this land is for Universal. Over the past two years, McReynolds has been discussing road projects in the tourist district with local leaders, and over the summer Orange County transportation officials met alone with four county attorneys to discuss how to move forward on the Kirkman extension project. The minutes from that meeting, where only officials with Orange County were present, state, “Discussion of potential terms needed for a series of agreements for Kirkman Road Extension with multiple parties and how to address each one. A General Engineering Consultant contract may also be needed.”