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Orlando Opinions Episode 3 - Half of Church Street Station is For Sale!

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1922 National Register District Building to become Mural-Covered Bar and Restaurant

One of the final remaining contributing structures in the Holden-Parramore National Register District will be turned into The District Gastro Bar/Social Eating House at 532 W. Church Street (MAP) in the Holden-Parramore National Register Historic District. The structure was built in 1922 and purchased by the new owners, Casey Preston, T And C Downtown Development, LLC March 2017. 
All rehabilitation work is required to be done in accordance with all applicable U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for Rehabilitation.” This project went before the Appearance Review Board in July.

The project will include the following changes:  Adding a pre-engineered metal building addition to the rear of the building to house a new kitchen facility, restrooms and some additional interior seating which will double the size of the existing tenant space New signage and exterior murals are also contemplated in the submittal documents. Proposed murals must be hand painted by an artist and must comply…

Halal Guys Push Back Opening Date Due to Setbacks

We told you back in April that Halal Guys (Facebook) was opening their first Orlando location at 688 N Alafaya Trail Suite 103, Orlando, FL 32828 (MAP) this summer. They later announced an August 11th opening date. After a several setbacks beyond their control, Halal Guys has announced a new opening date of Friday September 1 at 11am.

View the event page. 

Food will be served all day based on availability. The first 1,000 fans will have a chance to win Universal Studios tickets, t-shirts, fries, baklava or drinks. They have vegetarian options.

From their Facebook page: "The New York Post calls The Halal Guys “perhaps the city’s most famous open-air dining destination.” The Halal Guys is the #1 Most Yelped business in all of NYC, and in the Top 3 Most Yelped businesses in the entire United States."

"The Halal Guys are the pioneers of American Halal Food. American Halal Food features a flavor profile that can’t be replicated in any other cuisine format, featuring flawles…

The Yard at Ivanhoe Developer to Change Name of Philadelphia Ave

A request application was submitted on behalf of Ivanhoe Place LLC to the City to change the names of Philadelphia Ave. and a portion of S. Lake Formosa Ave. to Alden Rd., both located in the Lake Formosa neighborhood. Ivanhoe Place LLC owns all the land west of Philadelphia and southwest of S. Lake Formosa Ave generally known as The Yard at Ivanhoe (Website). That means the company's application serves as a request of more than 51% of the property owners owning the frontage of the streets in question. This goes before the municipal planning board September 19th.

1926 Home to be Demolished to Make Way for Two New Homes if City Council Approves

An Orwin Manor home built in 1926 at 440 Westminster Street (MAP) may be demolished to make way for two new single family homes if City Council approves the recommendation by the City of Orlando Municipal Planning Board at the September 25th City Council meeting. All Municipal Planning Board recommendations are subject to final action by City Council.

On August 15, the City of Orlando Municipal Planning Board recommended approval for a request from Jack Speaks of ROI Funding to replat the home's lot into two lots to accommodate the construction of two single-family homes.

From the application: "The applicant has proposed a single story home with an attached 2-car garage and front porch for each lot. Staff is very cognizant of the prominence that any building located on Lot 2 will have in the neighborhood due to the nature of the lot with three sides of the lot facing streets. Additionally the lot shape and location for each of the proposed lots leads to each lot having dual f…

All-Electric Downtown Bus Pilot Program Launched Today

Orlando's all-electric bus pilot program launched today. The purpose of the pilot program is to explore the possibility of transitioning the entire Downtown LYMMO bus system to zero-emissions all-electric buses. During the pilot, LYNX will test three different all-electric buses on all the LYMMO line routes (listed further down this post) to further evaluate these new buses and their performance. They will be testingthe following aspects:
Range of buses on each LYMMO routeCharging times and charging capacitiesOperational efficienciesReduction in maintenance issues and repair costsReduction of noiseImproved rider experience
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What is LYMMO? It's a free bus that rides around downtown Orlando. It's known as a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service. The City describes it as a “rail like” service using rubber tired vehicles. Buses operate in their own right of way providing a non-congested route downtown to major destinations.
Where Does LYMMO Go?
Orange Line: North Quarter …

Almost Half of Church Street Station is For Sale

One entire side of Church Street Station, the north side, is available for sale. The building, called Church Street North, is located at 127 W Church Street (MAP). It's got 28,846 sq ft and contains Lions Pride Bar, Ceviche restaurant and a vacant bar space. This does not include the Harry Buffalo bar space. The price is not shared publicly but go buy it anyways.
North is for sale. 
We're not aware of any news regarding Church Street South. 
The mall-turned-tech office space isn't for sale that we're aware of yet.

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