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Plans for 13-Story Downtown Tower Magnolia Rose Submitted to City

On April 11, a Magnolia Rose Multifamily Master Plan Project was submitted to the City by Kimley Horn.  Magnolia Rose is a proposed multifamily development located at the southeast corner of N. Rosalind Avenue and E. Livingston Street, Orlando, Florida 32822. The project scope includes the development of a 13 story*, 325* unit multi-family residential project with a 5 level parking garage and 4,500 sq ft of ground level flex space for office/retail on six (6) parcels, totaling ±1.41 acres. 
Public open space will be designed at the northwest and southwest corners of the development. The areas will be designed as public plazas/ green space that will add street life and greenery to the downtown environment. 
In addition, it is requested that a density bonus be granted to increase the allowable units in AC-3A/T from 200 to 400 du/ac. 
Parking will be provided in the first floor of the garage for the flex space. The proposed garage will be significantly shorter than the rest of the devel…

A New Orleans-Inspired Concept is Replacing Muchos in Thornton Park

Yesterday we told you that Muchos Taco and Tequila at 101 S Eola Drive (MAP) was closing down May 7th for a ten day overhaul after which a new restaurant concept would be revealed. 
This morning a press release was sent out to announce the news and reveal the new restaurant concept. The name will be Muddy Waters and the menu will be comprised of New Orleans-inspired cuisine. Chef Bernard Carmouche and Chef Larry Sinibaldi of the original Two Chefs Seafood Restaurant located in a 3-story downtown office building (with a condo at the top) will be doing the food. Beacon Hill Group is also a partner.  "The menu will pay homage to Chef Bernard’s deep New Orleans roots and culinary background, with an emphasis on fresh, authentic ingredients sourced in Louisiana and masterfully prepared using expert techniques."

Pink Flamingo Frappuccino Available Exclusively at Disney Springs

The Disney Springs Starbucks location announced Monday that it has a new exclusive flavor: Pink Flamingo. It's only available at this location. The drink is a White Mocha Creme Frappuccino w/ Raspberry & Strawberry pieces blended in and topped w/ purple whipped cream and pink sugar.

26 Waterfront Cabins Opening July at Copper Creek Disney Vacation Club Property at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Cascade Cabins, 26 2-Bed/2-bath waterfront cabins, are part of Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge (Website) opening July 2017. They come with a built-in hot tub on a screened-in wraparound porch,  double-sided stone-hearth fireplace, washer/dryer and a fully equipped, open-style kitchen. This is a Disney Vacation Club timeshare project. 
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Bob Carr Theatre Receives Historic Landmark Designation From City Council

Postcard from 1978 after the renovation.
The Municipal Auditorium as it looked in its original state
1978: Interior of Municipal Auditorium gutted. Three original walls remained. Lobby added. 

On April 24th, City Council approved Ordinance No. 2017-6 designating Bob Carr Theatre at 401 W. Livingston Street (MAP) as an Orlando Historic Landmark. This structure is a mixture of 3 walls saved from the original 1926 Municipal Auditorium (nicknamed "Muni Aud" by locals) and elements added during a 1978 renovation. The things saved from the 1926 Municipal Auditorium during the 1978 renovation were three exterior walls. No interior architecture or design remained. No original layout, lighting, staircases, seats, stage tools or lobby features. Everything in the interior was removed. 
The Historic Preservation Board directed Historic Preservation Staff to research the eligibility of historic landmark status of the Municipal Auditorium/Bob Carr Theatre. Staff presented their own findings …

I4 Westbound Princeton Street Exit Closing Nightly

The WB I-4 exit and entrance ramps to/from Princeton St close nightly through May 8. Please use Ivanhoe Blvd instead.