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Graffiti Junktion Location Closed in Winter Springs

The Winter Springs location of Graffiti Junktion at 1468 Tuskawilla Rd (MAP) is closed according to its own YELP page. The Graffiti Junktion locations in Thornton Park (700 E Washington), downtown (54 W Church St) College Park (2401 Edgewater Dr) remain open. (H/T Reddit)

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City Gives $20,000 Grant to Help Pay for Walgreens Sign Downtown

The Downtown Façade Grant Review Committee convened on April 12, 2017 and made a recommendation of approval for funding assistance of up to $20,000.00 to Nunziata Holdings LLC toward the proposed façade improvements to 190 S. Orange Avenue, the building with the 6,400 sq ft first floor Walgreens. The recommendation goes before City Council on April 24th. 
Funding would be used for a blade sign and to restore the exterior lights at the entrance of the building with frontage on Orange Avenue.

The Program provides an opportunity for the CRA to reimburse up to 50 percent of the project cost, based upon the lowest estimates, but not to exceed $20,000.00 for eligible properties making façade improvements to commercial buildings within the CRA’s Planning Area.

The applicant's capital investment for the proposed improvements is estimated at $84,158.35, based upon three contractor estimates provided for the above referenced improvements, thus they are eligible for funding assistance of up …

Replat of Retail Property on Bumby

A request to replat an assemblage of parcels of a developed property for a future retail use at 538 Bumby Ave (MAP) has been submitted to the City and will go before City Council April 24. The property is located in the northwest corner of N. Bumby Avenue and Mount Vernon Street within the Colonialtown South Neighborhood. The property is approximately 0.321 acres. 

Irving on Park Townhomes Request for Final Minor Subdivision Plat

A request for final approval of a minor plat titled Irving on Park Townhomes was submitted by Icon Residential (Website) and will go before City Council April 24th. The project will consist of 21 contemporary townhomes 1,700 to 2,600 sq ft priced in the the high $300s. Private rooftop terraces, designer wood cabinetry from kitchen to bathroom and hard wood floors are some of the unit features.  
The applicant proposes to replat the 0.985 acre roperty for the future development of multifamily residential. The property is located in the southwest corner of Park Lake St. and Highland Ave. within the North Quarter neighborhood.
Icon Residential is a real estate investment and development company founded in Tampa in 2009 by with a background in residential real estate investing, construction, brokerage and development.

Yard Bar Wants Event Permit to Open Only on Soccer Game Days

The owner of the Yard Bar is requesting a temporary use permit to hold outdoor events adjacent to its building at 613 W. Central Blvd (MAP). These events would occur on Orlando City Soccer stadium game days plus several additional days during the year. The request goes before City Council Monday April 24. 
In November 2016, City Council approved a variance for the subject property, allowing on-site alcohol sales at its outdoor beer garden within 1000 ft. of a church (case VAR2016-00111). The application noted that the Yard Bar proposes a three-phase operation: phase 1 is just the outdoor portion, phase 2 will extend operations inside the building, and phase 3 will allow on-site brewing. Currently, the Yard Bar operates only the outdoor portion).
The site layout and photo show that the outdoor events include signage, wooden picnic tables, metal high-top tables, movable bars, a stage, food vendors, string lights, portable toilets and other accessories. There is also a vehicle with a sign…

There's a Petition to Cancel Bill O'Reilly's Tampa Appearance

The group Care2 (website) created a petition (read it here) demanding the Amalie Arena in Tampa and other cities cancel Bill O’Reilly’s tour amid sexual harassment allegations against him. 
In 2015, a similar Care2 petition urged the cancellation of comedian Bill Cosby’s tour after more than 50 women came forward with allegations he had drugged and raped them. Care2 held a peaceful protest outside of his May 2, 2015 show in Atlanta. Care2 was joined by Cosby accusers, their families, and famed civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing some of the survivors.

On April 1, a New York Times investigation revealed five women have received payouts totalling $13 million from either O’Reilly himself or 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company, in exchange for agreeing not to take legal action or speak about their harassment accusations against O’Reilly.

The women allege O’Reilly engaged in a variety of lewd and intimidating behaviors targeted at them, including verbal abuse, se…

Community Rental Hall Opening in Former Mills50 District Restaurant Space

When the building at 720 N Mills Ave (MAP) currently under construction is completed it will be a community hall. Locals will be able to rent it for gatherings and special events. The owner is Elite Premiere Investments LLC.

Olde Dixie Fried Chicken Food Truck Coming Mid-June

Olde Dixie Fried Chicken is doing a food truck. They purchased the truck in April and hope to be up and running in June. They closed their south downtown location May 2016. The news of the food truck was broken by Orlando Weekly's Faiyaz Kara.

Orlando Donut Maker Orlandough Making Month-Long Pause for Rhode Island Internship

The owner & operator of Orlandough craft donuts (InstagramFacebook) is putting her batter and bowl down for an entire month to participate in a month-long internship with PVDonuts (Instagram | Website) in Rhode Island May 9th thru June 9th. The donut shop is located at 79 Ives Street, Providence RI 02906 (MAP).

Owner Liz posing next to her table at the College Park Organic Farmers Market (Photo Credit)
Interior of PVDonuts in Providence, Rhode Island (Photo Credit)
Interior of PVDonuts (Photo Credit)

Restaurant Space and More Added to Broadstone Lakehouse

For developers of Broadstone Lakehouse at 301 NE Ivanhoe Blvd (MAP) to be able to squeeze more apartments into their building, they had to make it what's known as "mixed-use" (We define that here). 
If a building is deemed mixed use, it gets a density bonus of 200 dwelling units per acre versus the standard 75 so long as the developer agrees to make 10% of the building anything but dwelling units. In most of Orlando, the usage of that 10% cannot be defined by the City and typical mixed-use means residential on the top, retail on the bottom.

This was not the case with Broadstone Lake House: the first floor was to have 12 live/work units and a community workspace, none of which would be retail or even open to the public. Basically the building would provide zero amenities for the surrounding locals. But that 39,664 sq ft of space equaled 10% of the building's 396, 347 sq ft and therefore qualified the building as mixed use which qualified it for more apartments (densi…

Two-Story Private Cabanas for Rent at Volcano Bay

Universals Volcano Bay water park has announced it will offer one-story and two-story cabana rentals when the park opens May 25th. Along with concierge service, cabana rentals come with padded lounge chairs, a small refrigerator stocked with bottled water, complimentary fruit and snack basket, towel and locker service and an exclusive menu of food and drink delivered directly to the cabana. Single units come in upper level cabanas for good views, ground level cabanas for convenience and accessibility, or stand-alone cabanas for privacy. Single units (up to 6 people) go from $159.99 per day and Family Suites (up to 16 people) from $299.99 per day.

76 Room 1925-Era Building in Downtown Sanford for Sale

An 80,000 sq ft 3-story building built in 1925 on 4 acres is for sale at 1195 E Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771 (MAP) for $2,500,000. The first floor has 38 offices and 2 conference rooms. The second and third floors have 36 residence units. It's not located in the City historic district and currently serves as a missionary group's U.S. headquarters and employee residence. BUY IT HERE