Sunday, February 26, 2017

Read the Duplex Ordinance Summary Going Before City Council February 27th

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By Mark Baratelli

After extensive public input at meetings on March 17, 2015, April 21, 2015 and September 21, 2016, the Municipal Planning Board recommended approval of the LDC amendment on December 20, 2016 (LDC2016-00199).  City Council heard a legislative appeal on January 23, 2017. The appeal was denied and staff was directed to prepare an ordinance. Ordinance No. 2017-17 amending the Land Development Code to revise the standards for duplex and tandem development goes before City Council February 27th. 

The purpose of the changes is to continue to encourage redevelopment in the City’s two-family zoning districts while maintaining the character and development pattern in established neighborhoods.

The code amendments include changes to parking standards, driveways, landscaping, and building design standards. Additional changes are proposed for the Colonialtown North Special Plan zoning overlay area.

New Duplex Ordinance Summary:
The information below is a summary of proposed ordinance #2017-17 changes, relating to duplex and tandem development. Code citations that relate to the ordinance text are included in parentheses for each item.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Phase 2 Amendment to Go Before City Council

A new Guaranteed Maximum Price budget amendment for DPAC Stage 2  is going before City Council February 27th for approval. DPAC Stage 2 is the current name for the he as-yet-built 1,700 seat multipurpose acoustic hall at Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando

$237.5 million will be the full project budget for the following costs:
  1. construction (within a 36 month period). $190,625,000, is for construction. This amount includes the Guaranteed Maximum Price of $186,625,000 and a construction contingency of $4,800,000. 
  2. architectural and engineering costs
  3. project management
  4. inspections
  5. furniture
  6. fixtures

The amendment also includes the following changes: 
  1. It authorizes the Chief Administrative Officer of DPAC to approve amendments in an amount not-to-exceed 10% of the GMP. 
  2. Whiting-Turner Contracting Company is late submitting their Blueprint Plan to the Blueprint Special Projects Manager. They have to do so no later than thirty (30) days after execution of the amendment.
  3. The project contingency, of $4,800,000 will change to $10,000,000 appropriating $5 million of existing Community Venues bond proceeds that are legally restricted for Community Venues capital projects and $5 million of CRA funds. 
  4. The budget amendment also incorporates, among other things, funding from Orange County Tourist Development Taxes, DPAC philanthropy and other sources. 

Robinson Gem Goes Commercial with Replat

The .23 sq acre property at 1511 East Robinson Street (MAP) nicknamed "Robinson Gem" will be received a replat to allow for a future commercial development. It'll go from single-family (with home office) to commercial office. The property was purchased in 2015 for $315,000. It's valued in $516,610.

Will $282,000 be Enough to Nab 47 New Orlando Jobs?

City of Orlando and the State of Florida are competing with Nevada to land a new company that would bring Orlando 47 new jobs paying an average annual wage of $50,472 and a capital investment by the company in Orlando of $300,000.

The State of Florida will provide $235,000 to American Tours International, LLC under the QTI program and the City will pay $47,000 ($1,000 per job created paying an average annual wage of $50,472) over a six year period. 

The average annual wage of $50,472 is at least 115% of the 2014 Orange County annual wage. The average value of benefits that will be available to employees is $6,314, which includes medical and dental insurance subsidy, 401K matching and an ATI educational subsidy. ATI’s total capital investment is estimated to be more than $300,000 in construction and equipment.

City staff is recommending this match because ATI is: 1) a targeted growth industry; 2) creating 47 new jobs; 3) investing over $300,000 in construction and equipment; and 4) considering other states for relocation.

The City of Orlando will benefit through the creation of 47 positions over the next five (5) years and the likelihood of continued job growth and investment well beyond this time frame. Florida's Qualified Target Industry Program includes strict accountability requirements of the applicant. The pledge of funds pursuant to this resolution shall be contingent upon American Tours International, LLC being qualified by the State of Florida as a QTI Program participant, meeting its job and wage obligations under the program and future budget appropriations by the Orlando City Council.

City Acquiring Retention Pond Named After the Birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston

The City of Orlando is acquiring a retention pond named after the birthplace of author Zora Neale Hurston (Notasulga, AL) called Lake Notasulga. The property on which the pond lies was granted by the property to the City on March 13, 1962. It's located between Colonial Drive and W. Arlington Ave., just west of John Young Parkway. 

Currently the grounds are commonly strewn with trash, debris. The pond is densely overgrown with exotic and invasive plants. The property gives off the impression that it is abandoned according to City records. It suffers from frequent trespassing. The adjacent neighborhood frequently complains about the unkempt condition of the property. 

Public Works intends to undertake an initial cleanup of the land and City staff proposes to enter into a long term grounds maintenance agreement with the neighboring Orlando Union Rescue Mission.

The retention pond is privately owned by West Colonial Inn, Inc, which agreed to donate the property back to the City of Orlando.

Out with the Scientology and In with the Restaurant

The City of Orlando's Business Assistance Program is giving $9,663.35 towards the $160,000 capital investment that Mai Bistro, LLC is making to turn a former Church of Scientology space in shopping strip at 1830 East Colonial Drive (MAP) into "a new fresh, casual Asian restaurant." 

This same Business Assistance Program has helped the following nearbyrestaurants: 
  1. Bembom Restaurant in Audubon Park
  2. Pig Floyds in Mills50
  3. Se7en Bites in Milk District
  4. Pi Pizza in Parramore and (check out their Wide Mouth Signage)

This project will fetch the city 5 new full time jobs. 

The renovation will include the following: 
  1. complete interior renovation
  2. addition of a new kitchen hood
  3. plumbing
  4. draining systems
  5. gas line
  6. new flooring
  7. 20 seats

Total eligible fees for Mai Bistro under the Business Assistance Program, are $19,326.70.  The BAP will pay fifty percent of eligible fees ($9,663.35). The fee breakdown is as follows:  Transportation Impact Fee @ 50% = $6,405.20, Sewer Benefit Fees @ 50% = $3,258.15. 

The Business Assistance Program (BAP) is a matching grant program that was approved by the Orlando City Council on June 18, 2001 to encourage small businesses to locate, expand or redevelop in the City of Orlando.  The Business Assistance Program assists with small-scale infrastructure projects, building permitting fees and impact fees.  The BAP pays fifty percent of eligible fees.  The maximum amount granted under the program guidelines is $20,000. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Orlando City Soccer Wants Five Lots of Unimproved Parking for Fans

Orlando City Soccer Club is requesting temporary use permits for a total of five lots, at the February 27th City Council meeting as described below:

1.     To allow parking for media and employees on an unimproved lot at 925 W. Church St. during event days. This property, approximately 700 ft. west of the Orlando City stadium, is city-owned, has chain-link fencing around the perimeter and one access driveway from Church St. OCSC’s application notes Church St. would be closed at Westmoreland Dr. five hours before the start of each game. Parking would occur on this lot for approximately 29 Orlando City and Orlando Pride match days. OCSC states: "The vehicles parking in this lot will belong to credentialed media with parking passes. No cash sales will occur at this location. Lanier Parking will be managing the property to check passes and efficiently direct vehicles in a safe and courteous manner. Vehicles will be parked facing east or west with 10’ drive lanes between rows and a 10’ drive lane on the south end perpendicular to the driveway. As indicated in the submitted images, there is an existing 20’+ shell driveway with a gate off W Church St. The gate will be locked on non-game days unless a currently unscheduled special event will require use. In that case the City will be notified well in advance."

2.     To allow visitor parking and tailgating at the four unimproved lots listed below, on 17 MLS gamedays. These lots will be used three hours before scheduled kick-off until one hour after match ends. OCSC indicates: “The vehicles parking in this lot will belong to fans who have pre-paid for a space in one of the respective lots and will be issued parking passes for admission. Fan code of conduct including noise limitations, overall behaviors, and respect for the neighborhood will be prominently posted at each location... This code of [conduct] will also be communicated to the fans purchasing these spaces. No cash sales will occur at these locations. Lanier Parking will be managing the property to check passes and efficiently direct vehicles in a safe and courteous manner. Lanier is also responsible to monitor the lots until all vehicles have left. The property owner has agreed to clean the lots of all debris pre and post event. OCSC will provide portable toilets including ADA accessible units in each lot on game days. We have requested the property owner secure the lots on non-game days.”  

The tailgating properties (for request #2 above) are:

  • 802 West Church St - Lot P
  • 749 West South St - Lot Q
  • 616 West South St- Lot R
  • 537 West South St- Lot S

Note, one condition of approval for these latter four lots is that no tailgating shall occur after the end of the 7pm matches.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It's Dapper Day at the Centrifuge Theme Park in the 1950s

It's Dapper Day at the Centrifuge Theme Park in the 1950s in Katy Perry's new video for her song Chained to the Rhythm. We think theme park design fans, may of which live in Orlando, will love this!

The Boulevard at Orlando International Airport Draws Passengers to Major Civic Areas

The design phase of the $1.8 billion South Terminal Complex Phase 1 Terminal C is nearly two-thirds complete at Orlando International Airport. The design focuses on “The Boulevard," a intuitive corridor running the length of the terminal that draws passengers from one element to the next. The Boulevard connects the major civic areas. 

  1. Unique top-level customer arrival experience — Arrivals and bag claim will be located on the third level so passengers will experience the beauty of Central Florida immediately after deplaning. Departures, ticketing and security will be located on the second level and ground transportation on the first level. 
  2. State-of-the-art Baggage Handling System — Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology will offer 100% baggage tracking. Faster than conventional baggage conveyors. Modularity will allow for future expansion. Lower life-cycle cost. 
  3. Dynamic concessions — More concessions will be located beyond security. Club/Lounge opportunities will be available along with a “concessions in the park” area. 
  4. Imaginative multi-media experience — Interactive video displays will be featured in the ticket hall and concessions hub. 
Construction activity will begin soon. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Downtown Orlando 7th Annual Golden Brick Awards


(Press Release)

The Downtown Orlando Partnership (DOP) will be hosting the 28th annual Golden Brick Awards luncheon on March 7th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the historic Ballroom at Church Street. The Golden Brick Awards recognize community and development projects that have positively impacted Downtown Orlando in the previous year. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City of Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan will be in attendance to honor the 2016 Downtowner of the Year.  


More than 40 projects will be recognized at the luncheon for their contributions to Downtown and 13 Golden Bricks will be awarded. Project finalists include:


  • 12th Annual Heart & Soul
  • 250 N. Orange Ave Building Renovations
  • Aquatic Design & Engineering Office Expansion
  • Big Vision
  • Championship Weekend Block Party
  • Constitution Green Dog Run
  • Copa America Centenario
  • Cushman & Wakefield Office Renovation
  • Dean Mead Law Firm
  • Discover More in Parramore Promotional Video
  • DoveCote Brasserie
  • Fattmerchant
  • Florida Department of Health-Orange County
  • Florida Music Festival
  • Florida Theatrical Association's New Musical Discovery Series
  • From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando
  • Frosty's Christmastime Lounge 
  • Go DTO: Downtown Orlando Commute Challenge
  • IDEAS for Us
  • Landmark Center 'Highwoodtizing'
  • Learning Central Renovation
  • Made With Envy
  • Magic FIT
  • One Orlando Centre - Central Plant Replacement/Upgrade
  • One Orlando Centre - Lobby Renovation 
  • One Orlando Centre - New Fitness Center
  • Orange County Regional History Center Denali Moose Tracks 10,000 Scoop Ice Cream Challenge
  • Orlando Magic Court Refurbishment Project
  • Orlando Magic Marketplace
  • Orlando Magic Season Launch Initiative
  • Orlando Orthopaedic Center Orthopaedic Injury Walk-in Clinic
  • Pride, Prejudice, & Protest: GLBT History of Greater Orlando Exhibition
  • PRPL Academy
  • Red Bull Wings At Work
  • Samsara
  • South Street & Co.
  • Sunshine Bank
  • The Marjorie and Leonard Williams Center for Proton Therapy at UF Health Cancer Center - Orlando Health
  • The Sevens Apartment Building
  • Tower Realty Partners Offices
  • Turner Construction Company Headquarters
  • Uproar PR
  • Web Solutions Portal 
  • Westgate Resorts Foundation Downtown Community Investment

Registration for this annual sell-out event runs through March 1st.  Tickets are $45 for DOP members and $60 for non-members. Table sponsorship for members is $500 and $600 for non-members. Visit for more information. For media wishing to cover Golden Brick Awards, press passes may be requested by e-mailing