1. News

The 'I-4 Eyesore' has been under construction since 2001. It's showing glimmers of life.

The original post showing the "I-4 Eyesore" illuminated for the first time.
The original post showing the "I-4 Eyesore" illuminated for the first time.
Published Jul. 26, 2018

Any drive on Interstate 4 through Altamonte Springs isn't complete without a view of the Majesty Building, otherwise known as the "I-4 Eyesore."

The 18-story building has been under construction for more than 17 years, according to Orlando Weekly, and has become a running joke among Floridians as the owner, Claud Bowers, consistently promises finish dates for the building that never come to fruition.

On Tuesday, however, a Facebook post from a woman named Valarie Bush displayed a picture of the building illuminated with lights from top to bottom, the first picture of its kind since construction began in 2001.

The progress has made some Central Floridians hopeful that a potential completion date may finally be in sight. The progress comes three months after Bowers, CEO of the religious independent TV station SuperChannel 55, said there would be "big changes over the coming months," according to radio station 96.5 WBDO.

He also told the station that workers are now building the "last major component," which is a mostly underground parking garage that will accommodate 1,000 cars.

Before Tuesday, the building sat in darkness through the night for more a decade. On Tuesday, however, Bowers kept his promise made in April.

"It will be quite a spectacle. We'll have fiber optic lighting up the fins of the building up to the top floors," he told 96.5. "Day or night, it will be quite a visible image. We'll light it up when the time is right."

As the building lit up for the first time, so did local residents, taking to social media to share their feelings on the project's potential near-completion.

When news that the building was illuminated surfaced, some former Florida residents couldn't believe the building was still under construction.

A Facebook user named Corey Hawkins II said Wednesday: "I lived in Texas for 3 years during this building's construction, lived in Jax for 10 years and moved back to Texas for 4. Now I'm in Seattle and this building is still not finished. Wild."

Others were equally surprised to see the building finally lit up for the first time.


The I4 Eyesore being completed is the easily the biggest central Florida story ever.


  1. The Jose Gasparilla sails down the Seddon Channel among a flotilla of boats, on the way to the Tampa Convention Center for the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 in Tampa.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
    We were warned. Now the pirates are here. Stay with all day for the latest reports.
  2. TRUMP [SCOTT OLSON  |  Getty Images]
    As the Democratic primary intensifies before the first contests to decide the nominee, Trump and his allies have issued a series of curiously favorable comments about Sanders.
  3. Officers later found an adult man with gunshot wounds in a car crash, but are still searching for the second man
  4. After a fire Saturday morning, a boat was left nearly unrecognizable [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    The flames were visible from Gandy Boulevard. Nobody was injured in the fire
  5. Harrison Peters, Chief of Schools in Hillsborough County, is close to landing a job as superintendent in Providence, R.I. [HCPS  |  Handout]
    The Boston Globe says Peters is days from being given a superintendent position.
  6. “My body, my choice” was the rallying cry on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in the state Capitol, where abortion rights activists decried a fast-tracked bill that would raise the bar for minors seeking abortions. (AP Photo/Aileen Perilla) [AILEEN PERILLA  |  AP]
    Abortion supporters worry about Florida’s move toward parental consent and what may follow.
  7. In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. [AP]
    As Democrats finished their third day before skeptical Republican senators, Trump’s legal team prepared to start his defense, expected on Saturday.
  8. In this July 30, 2019, file photo, a Super Mario figure is displayed at a showroom in Tokyo. After months of being tight-lipped, Comcast executives on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, said the fourth park at Universal Orlando would be based on characters from Nintendo. [KOJI SASAHARA  |  AP]
    Universal Studios is building theme parks based on Nintendo video games across the world. Orlando is set to get its Super Nintendo World in 2023.
  9. People climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge stop under flags flying at half-mast as mark of mourning and respect in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, for three U.S. crew members of an aerial water tanker that crashed Thursday while battling wildfires in Australia. [RICK RYCROFT  |  AP]
    The deaths came during an unprecedented wildfire season that has left a large swath of destruction in Australia’s southeast.
  10. Delvin Ford, 22, of St. Petersburg, is facing a second-degree murder charge after his accomplice, Marquis Golden, was shot and killed by a Pinellas deputy Thursday night, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says.  He says the men -- armed with an AR-15 and a handgun, shown right -- confronted the deputy. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    The deputy was confronted by two armed men in a St. Petersburg alley, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.