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Artistic Mural Pilot Program Expands with Temporary Use Permit for West Arts District

A Temporary Use Permit for an expansion of the Artistic Mural Pilot Program is on the Mayors Consent Agenda for the August 28th City Council meeting. Read the Temporary Use Memo
The permit authorizes a single-site expansion to the existing Artistic Murals pilot program for the West Arts District site at 1011 W. Central Boulevard. This Temporary Use Permit would be for one year and allow for additional artwork on-site, provided they meet certain criteria and have on-site management to coordinate artists and art. This Temporary Use Permit would also authorize the Planning Official to extend this program for two additional one-year terms based on the effectiveness of the program.
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Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Assistance Program Grant Agreement in Mayors Consent Agenda

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On March 14, 2017, the United States Department of Justice awarded the State of Florida, Office of Attorney General, an Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) Grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide funds to the State of Florida to administer as the lead agency on behalf of affected local governmental agencies and non-profit organizations to assist with a portion of the costs incurred in response to the incident.

The Office of Attorney General has provided the City with a subrecipient agreement to allow the City to receive a subgrant of a portion of the funds received by the State of Florida. The allocation being made to the City of Orlando is $1,602,034. 
This subgrant provides funding to be used:
to reimburse the City for a portion of the City’s direct costs to serve victims to date and consists of allowable costs associated with the operation of the Family Assistance Center in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. This includes staff overtime, …

Downtown Gardening Program Gets $25K Boost

Cities of Service, Inc. (Website), founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will award a grant to the City's Orlando Cares: The Garden Program (Website) in the amount of $25,000 to support the continuation of this volunteering initiative, which began in 2011. This funding recognizes Orlando's commitment to engaging volunteer mentors with elementary-age youth in this 10-week program that helps participants learn how to grow healthy food in container gardens, hydroponic systems and raised beds, while promoting healthy lifestyles.

The grant funds in the amount of $25,000 will be dedicated to the materials and costs required for The Garden program initiative.

This 10-week program includes hosting Guest Speakers to lead exploration in various gardening, nutrition, and agricultural topics, field trips into the community, and hands-on activities that reinforce the ideas presented. The program has three major hands-on components: personal herb container gardens, a teamwo…

Orlando's 3rd Best Post Office Will Not be Demolished

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According to Orlando Sentinel, the Colonialtown Station Post Office at 611 N. Mills in the Mills50 District has been sold, will not be demolished and will become a restaurant or store once re-opened. It won 3rd Best Post Office in our 2012 Best of Orlando awards. The Post Office's lease ends in 2020.

Watch the Orlando Panel "Free Speech v. Hate Speech"

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida (Facebook) presented a panel talk moderated by Orlando Sentinel's Scott Maxwell called "Protest: Free Speech v. Hate Speech" (Facebook Event) Tuesday August 22 6pm-7:30pm at the center at 851 N Maitland Ave, Maitland, Florida 32751 (MAP)

Watch below. 
Panelists include:
Terri Day, Professor at Barry University's Law SchoolMitchell Bloomer, Resource Teacher at the Holocaust CenterRachel Allen, Peace & Justice Institute Coordinator at Valencia College Peace and Justice InstituteAngela King, Former Skinhead & Deputy Director/Co-Founder of Life After Hate About the Event: "Protests are often held in support of or in opposition to public policies and governmental action with one goal: to be heard. When though, does this become unproductive? Is all speech protected by the First Amendment? When does free speech become hate speech? Should we respond and what might happen if we do? What are the conse…

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

By Mark Baratelli, Editor
The Daily City

I'm doing a new podcast called Orlando Opinions here once a week on Mondays with four stories in 5-10 minutes. The stories are 100% Orlando-based and include my opinion. You can listen to it or read the script here. 

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We're getting a robot! The Orlando Fire Department Bomb Squad Division was approved by City Council to buy a $300,000 ANDROS FX™ hazardous duty robot. The Andros FX is used to "defeat vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in addition to many other threats." The only company that makes it is REMOTEC, a company that make make planes that fly by themselves.


A former train depot built in 1901 at 78 W Church Street (MAP) is on the market for $4,700,000. It's a 15,018 sq ft building that's currently a restaurant and bar called Ferg's Depot (Facebook). Back in 2015 before it opened someone stole $3,000 …

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 Could be Demolished if City Council Approves and Owner Moves Ahead With Project

UPDATE: A petition has been created to save the House
UPDATE: The current tenant told The Daily City "Nothing has been signed or sold. My landlord is just exploring his options. But thanks for publishing it as fact." So yesterday we asked the city "Does the City allow people to make City Council and Municipal Planning Board go through the permission processes for projects they may or may not execute on? I am referring to this project.
Here's their reply: 
"Yes, property owners can make application to the Municipal Planning Board (or other volunteer boards) for changes they may desire to make to their property. Even if an application is approved that does not necessarily mean that the property owner will make the changes for which they've applied. Sometimes the property owners may change their mind, may not get approval for financing or any number of other reasons to not pursue plans that may have been included in their original applications."
An Orw…

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.
Update: 8/21 5:55pm - Since The Daily City's story went live Friday August 18th the listing for this property has been altered on Loopnet. It now says "this retail property is off market." They also took down the video that accompanied the listing and changed the price from not being public to N/A. (Luckily we got the screen grabs before they took it down)

Update: 8/21 6:12pm JLL emailed The Daily City a press release confirming our story. Church Street Station North building which houses Lions Pride Bar, Ceviche and an empty bar space is for sale.

North is for sale. 
We're not aware of any news regarding…