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Virginia/Lake Highalnd Transportation Land Use Study

The Virginia/Lake Highalnd Transportation Land Use Study will be the topic at an open community kickoff meeting Monday August 1 at 6:30pm at Leu Gardens (1920 N. Forest Ave). 
The study will look at transportation infrastructure opportunities to enhance the area for all modes of travel using the complete Streets program as a model.
Read about the Complete Streets program here:
The City will collaborate with the community on a vision for the future of this area with a focus on maintaining the character of the area and vitality of the businesses there.
There are 10 elements of a comprehensive Complete Streets policy:
Includes a vision for how and why the community wants to complete its streetsSpecifies that ‘all users’ includes pedestrians, bicyclists and transit passengers of all ages and abilities, as well as trucks, buses and automobiles.Applies to both new and retrofit projects, including design, planning, mai…

Orlando Main Street Restaurant Week 2016 Returns!

Orlando 2016 Main Street Restaraunt Week runs July 30th thru August 13th (that's two weeks total) with nearly 50 restaurants participating and price including $5, $10, $20 or $30. 
Prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and beverage pairings will be offered. 
The Restaurant Week menu will only be offered during the two-week period and will feature a limited selection. Guests can also browse their standards menus as well. 
Residents and visitors participating in Main Street Restaurant Week are encouraged to use the hashtags - #alocalthing and #afoodiething - when posting on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The eight Main Streets: Audubon Park Garden District
Church Street District
College Park Partnership
Downtown South
Gateway Orlando
Ivanhoe Village 
Mills 50
Thornton Park District

Winter Park Fast Food is Welcome on West Fairbanks Ave

The City of Winter Planning and Zoning Board wants fast food to blossom on West Fairbanks. With a 6-0 vote, they amended chapter 58 “Land Development Code” Article I, "Comprehensive Plan,” which deletes the policy of regulations for certain business types (fast food/fast casual restaurants) along the West Fairbanks gateway corridor.

Instead, they will rely upon the new city-wide policy which extends the protections of these businesses to other gateway areas of the City, as well as Fairbanks Avenue. 
The intention was never to prohibit fast casual restaurants from developing along the West Fairbanks corridor, says the board. They want fast food restaurants with drive-in components in the area to be treated like they are in the rest of the City. 
There are other existing situations in the City where drive-in’s exist compatibly with adjacent or nearby residential such as the McDonald’s and Panera Bread on Aloma and the Krispy Kreme and Steak `n Shake according to the board. 
The boa…

133 Health Violations for Downtown Orlando's Chef Eddies

Downtown Orlando's Chef Eddies at 595 W. Church Street (MAP) received 133 health violations during 3 inspections on July13, 14 and 15. These violations are listed below. Each inspections is just one day apart because from each other because each required a follow-up inspection, including the most recent.

64 Violations - July 13
ViolationObservation16-21-4Basic - Accumulation of debris on exterior of warewashing machine. **Warning**23-16-4Basic - Accumulation of food debris/soil residue on paper towel and/or soap dispenser. **Warning**16-23-4Basic - Accumulation of lime scale on the inside of the dishmachine. **Warning**36-40-5Basic - Attached equipment soiled with accumulated dust, grease, or food debris. **Warning**14-01-4Basic - Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**23-25-4Basic - Build-up of grease/dust/debris on hood filters. **Warning**36-75-4Basic - Build-up of soil/debris on the floor under shelving. **Warning**36-51-4B…

Dan Bellows Needed Single-Family but Got Multi... Why?

Winter Park developer Dan Bellows got a piece of land he owns at 226 East Hannibal Square (MAP) near the corner of East Hannibal Square and West New England Ave rezoned from parking lot (PL) to multi-family residential (R-3).

However, what he plans to build here is a a three-story, single-family residential building.

Why does he need multi-family zoning on this lot when he is just building a single-family house on it?

And why did he originally want the zoning changed to Central Business district... to build a single-family house?

The parking lot property which is now zoned multi-family so a developer can build a single-family structure. 

The Olive 3-Story Townhouses Coming

A new project called The Olive will be a 3-story, 6-unit, fee simple with HOA townhouse on three existing lots [619, 621 & 623 East Pine Street] in Thornton Park. 
The two corner units are 3,000 sq.ft. each and the four interior units are 2,500 sq. ft. each for a total of 16,000sq. ft. not including the six two-car garages. 
The six two-car garages equal 2,840 sq. ft. for a total of a8, 840 sq. ft. 
The building is located to provide one 20-foot two-way entry and exit drive landscaped on both sides and a generous rear yard for odd-street guest parking as well as green space for storm water and ample landscaping. 
On the east side of the property, 2-feet will be given to the neighboring property to allow them to have a private driveway which is currently shared between the two properties [613 & 619 E. Pine St.].
This project has been discussed with and reviewed by the City Planning Division during three meetings over the past 3 months. 
The proposed structure meets the require…

Orlando Sunday Brunch Gets Italian on October 30th

Orlando Sunday brunch gets Italian on October 30th when the 7th Annual Food & Wine Classic (Website) Sunday Champagne Brunch inside Il Mulino Italian restaurant at the Swan and Dolphin hotel (Website) rolls round. 
Tickets are $75 per person which includes one glass of champagne or specialty mimosa.

Available seatings are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-828-8850. 
The 7th Annual Food & Wine Classic (Website) runs Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29. It's a giant beehive of activity outside the hotel with 40 wine and food tents, live music and beer garden.
Photo Credit: Il Mulino Italian restaurant

Winter Park Road Closure This Weekend - North Denning at Train Tracks

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced Monday that North Denning Drive in Winter Park will be closed at the railroad crossing in both directions (MAP) this coming weekend. 
The closure begins at 9 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016 and ends at 7 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2016 while crews install new concrete panels and asphalt approaches to the crossing to provide a smoother ride for motorists.

Detour signs will be placed at key locations along North Denning Drive to direct drivers around the work zone.

Detour Information:
Traffic traveling north on North Denning Drive will be directed to take a left onto West Webster Avenue, take a right onto North Orlando Avenue (U.S. 17-92), take a right onto Magnolia Road and then a right onto Sunnyside Drive. Traffic traveling south will be directed onto Sunnyside Drive and then directed to take a left onto North Park Avenue, take a right onto North Pennsylvania Avenue, then a right to West Webster Avenue and a right onto North Denning Drive…

Orlando Microbrewery Industry to Blossom with New City Code

Orlando is about to open the floodgates for the microbrewery, micro winery, brewpub, craft distillery industries with the approval of the City Code shown in full below.

WHEREAS, there is a revival in “micro”, breweries, wineries, and distilleries nationwide; and,

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Orlando, Florida (the “Orlando City Council”), has determined that it is desirable and in the best interest of the public health, safety, and welfare to amend the Land Development Code …

City's Free Trees Program Isn't Free - It Costs the City $54K

The USDA Florida Forest Service has award the City of Orlando an Urban and Community Forestry grant to fund their second season of the Energy Saving Trees (Website) program.

This innovative online tool allows residents to order trees and have them shipped to their homes, free of charge. The website also tracks the energy savings, stormwater mitigation, air pollutants cleaned and carbon sequestered by trees sent through the program.
The contract cost for the fall program is $54,000 with $20,000 being paid by matching funds through the USDA grant and $34,000 being paid through City funds. 
This is a one time expenditure with no ongoing costs.
This online tool differs from I-Tree (Website) which is a peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of trees and forests…

Tiny Home Community Coming Soon!

A tiny home community featuring exclusively tiny homes (modular model or retro-styled) on 26 lots for permanent and AirBNB housing is coming to a former fish camp called Black Bass Resort (Website) at 10402 County Road 44, Leesburg (MAP) found midway between Leesburg and Eustis according to GrowthSpotter.
Orlando has a tiny house community in a lakeside mobile home park called Orlando Lakefront at College Park (3405 N Orange Blossom Trail #8, Orlando, FL 32804 | MAP). Tiny Houses there are situated on lots formerly resided on by mobile homes.
On January 26th the Orange County Board of County Commissioners heard a presentation about tiny homes from (1) the Community, Environmental, and Development Services Department and (2) the Planning Division. The presentation was called "Affordable Housing in Bithlo and Tiny Homes."
Orlando has one tiny house for rent on AirBNB. 
What's a tiny home? "Simply put, (the Tiny House movement) is a social movement where people are choo…

Shoppes of College Park Closed

UPDATE 1:13PM The founders of The Shoppes of College Park released a statement about the closure. See the yellow box below.

The Shoppes of College Park (About) at 2308 Edgewater Drive, a multi-vendor market space in College Park, closed on Friday. Three of the vendors are moving across the street into a new space. The space will remain in the possession of the current renters, but no future use has been announced. 
Our photo of the space taken August 28, 2015

Modera Central Downtown Apartment Building's Million Dollar Fee to Be Cut in Half by City

Modera Central Development coming to 150 E. Central Blvd (MAP) in downtown Orlando is asking the city for a 47.5% decrease in their Transportation Impact Fees.

This action, along with a Previous Use/Demolition Credit of $218,268.20*** would reduce the moneys the city would receive from $1,113,688.85 to $470,095.84.

contract agreement was drawn up by the Chief Assistant City Attorney and will be presented to City Council on Monday July 25th. 
The Modera Central Development project will contain the following:  350 multi-family residential dwelling units12,384 square feet of ground floor retail space 9,650 square feet of space on the ground floor for a new University Club facility (with an additional 5,330 square feet of ground floor mezzanine space)10,551 square feet of second floor space for a new University Club facility (with an additional 5,544 square feet of second floor mezzanine space) In total, Modera will contain 43,459 square feet of commercial space. 
Modera is asking for thi…

The Heights Market Food Hall in Tampa to Open in 2017

The Orlando food hall scene as we know is currently in the works with existing and new projects in the works.

Announced in June of this year, Tampa is getting a food hall in 2017. 
Named The Heights Market (Website), this food hall will have 16 quick-serve vendors and two sit-down restaurants.

The food hall will be located inside the Armature Works building (Website) at 1910 N. Ola Avenue, Tampa FL 33602 (MAP) within a 43-acre mixed use live/work development called The Heights (Website).

The Heights will include apartments, offices, restaurants and an expansion of the Tampa Riverwalk.

The Heights Market will feature an open floor plan with communal seating surrounded by restaurants featuring Tampa chefs and restaurateurs.

This industrial market environment will offer a mix of prepared foods, meats and cheeses, produce, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, fresh flowers and desserts.

The Heights Market will include an interactive kitchen for hosting educational cooking classes and pop-up d…

City of Orlando Compressed Natural Gas Garbage Truck Costs $316,809

City of Orlando is authorizing $316,809 for a compressed natural gas garbage truck to further the City's Sustainability Initiative and supplement the City's CNG refuse trucks currently in service.

The purchase required the "use of the Florida Sheriff's Association Contract with Kenworth (Website) of Central Florida" for the purchase. This contract is the same contract that was required to purchase 35 motorcycles for the Police Department recently. 
Fleet & Facilities Management Division Manager David Dunn approved the CNG refuse truck purchase. The truck is a Kenworth/ Heil rear loader  (C16-0328).  "The Fleet Management Division and Solid Waste Management Division are requesting to utilize Florida Sheriff's Association Contract #15-13-0904 with Kenworth of Central Florida, of Orlando, Florida, for the purchase of one (1) 2016 Kenworth T880 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cab and chassis truck with a Heil DuraPack 5000 rear loader refuse body, at a tota…

Orlando City Soccer Stadium Land Used to Have Streets and Lots

This might be old news to some, but for others, it might be the first time seeing this information. Below is the current version of the platting done to the property beneath Orlando City Soccer Stadium in Parramore. It's pretty much one giant square-ish property. 

Below is what the platting looked like beforehand. The land had a public park called Parramore Heritage Park, a strips of South Parramore Ave and West Pine Street, and several lots.

Timucua White House Gets Parking Help from City

The Timucua Arts Foundation (Website) hosts over 70 musical concerts and other arts related activities and events per year, the majority of which are free and open to the public at it's "White House" venue at 2001 Hamilton Lane  (MAP). 
According to the City, the foundation’s activities at the White House provide a community service consistent with the Cultural Arts Element of the City’s Growth Management Plan by fostering a rich cultural life, accessible to all residents and visitors, through the provision of high quality cultural opportunities by local arts organizations.

Owner Benoit Glazer requested a conditional use permit (CUP) to allow a public benefit use consisting of the art Foundation’s activities at the White House and on April 19, 2016 the Municipal Planning Board (MPB) of the City recommended approval of the request. 
On May 23, 2016, City Council approved MPB’s recommendation and granted the CUP, subject to certain conditions, including the condition th…