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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.

Downtown South to Become Testing Ground for Community Design

This is the Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement District

The Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement District got approval from City Council today to hire GAI Consultants and S&ME (Littlejohn) for $370,190 to develop a consolidated “Complete Streets” Master Plan for the District. Read the consultants' roadmap HERE. This project will commence FY2016-17 and likely end in FY2017-18.

Complete Streets are roadways that are safe and comfortable for all users – people walking, bicycling, and taking transit, people driving and truck drivers making deliveries. This includes impactful elements of development and transportation design:
Orient buildings to the street Reduce parking minimums Cluster development and mix the land uses Don’t allow traffic fears to block economic development Design roadways to be safe for all users
The District expects to serve as a “lab”, “testing ground” or ”proving ground” used by the City, OUC and others for exploring new approaches to community design,…

Restaurant Ash Looking for Larger Space

The space currently occupied by Restaurant Ash at 912 N. Mills Ave (MAP) in Mills50 is up for rent. Restaurant Ash is looking for a new location for itself with more space, more parking and the ability to sell liquor according to the building's owner Eddie Nickell. He says the restaurant is in no hurry to move and he is waiting for the right tenant for the space. Nickell's daughter is head Chef of the restaurant.

Built in 1943, the building is 900 sq ft and comes fully equipped with equipment and furnishings including POS, phone, security cameras, stove and coolers. It's got a small bar and seats 44. Beer and wine permitted and the rent is $3,900/month. Details here.

Thornton Park is Getting a New Restaurant in Former Graffiti Junktion Space

The owner of Graffiti Junktion, Greg Peters, has just signed a new lease for the space in Thornton Park that formerly housed his Graffiti Junktion restaurant at 900 E. Washington Street (MAP). According to Olde Towne Brokers, the new restaurant concept could open in the next 30 days. Peters did not respond to our question about what the concept would be. A new roof was being installed on April 24th.
The building has sat vacant for months in the business district which recently saw the loss of 4 restaurants in 9 months: August 2016, Wildside BBQ closed. November 2016 Verde Mexican Soul Food closed. March 2017 Baoery Asian Gastropub closed. May 7th Muchos Tacos & Tequila will close and re-open with a new concept.

Watch Today's City Council Meeting LIVE (April 24)

Watch today's City Council meeting (April 24) live at 2pm HERE.