Skip to main content


Thornton Park Penthouse Pending Sale

A Thornton Park penthouse built in 2000 at 10 N Summerlin Ave UNIT 53 (MAP) is pending sale according to Zillow. The residence was foreclosed on December 8th 2015 for $203,300. The 1,825 sq ft residence has 2 beds and 3 baths and is priced at $429,000. From the listing: "One of 4 Penthouses like this in the building. NEWLY REMODELED. Two story loft penthouse with two masters and THE BEST LOCATION in Downtown Orlando. Right in the heart of the popular Thorton Park District. Walking distance from Lake Eola park, Publix, Dexters, Starbucks, and many more. Condo has great natural light and two balconies. Master downstairs and open loft style master upstairs. Loft also perfect for living room, studio, or office. WOOD TILE FLOORS THROUGHOUT. Condo features a large storage closet inside the unit as well as an air conditioned storage unit on the same floor as the condo. If you like to entertain PARKING IS GREAT. Your parking garage is open to the public so all your friends and family can…

Secret Pizza Franchise Coming to Winter Park

EDITED 2/13/16
There's a secret pizza franchise going in at 200 N. Orlando Ave (MAP) according to Growthspotter. The owner of the property isn't naming who it is. Our guesses are Maddio's Pizza and Mellow Mushroom. Maddio's already has a location in Orlando (Waterford Lake)s and can make 200 pizzas per hour. Mellow Mushroom is everywhere and sells liquor.
A commenter on this post suggested it could be Medici Neapolitan Pizza. This seems like the most logical one. According to Orlando Business Journal, this franchise is "eyeing sites" in several Central Florida cities including Winter Park. 

We know it's not Blaze Pizza. They're opening a Winter Park location but it'll be at 501 N. Orlando Ave, not at 200 N. Orlando Ave. Franchise Ranking offers their top 30 pizza franchises if you'd like a guess.

Which franchise do you think it will be?

10 Things to Know This Week

Why Ivanhoe Village's 10-Story 276-Unit Broadstone Lake House Is So Big

The ten story 276-unit project coming to Ivanhoe Village called Broadstone Lake House at 301 NE Ivanhoe Blvd (MAP) is considered mixed-use. If a building is deemed mixed use, it gets a density bonus. Density bonuses are meant to implement Growth Management Plan objectives and policies that...
encourage a compact urban formincentivize infill developmentencourage mixed use development at or neat the maximum density so that public services and facilities can be provided efficiently  If a building gets a density bonus they can have 200 dwelling units per acre versus the standard 75, which is the case with Broadstone Lake House.  All the developer has to give up is at least 10% of the building. That means 10% of the building can't be dwelling units. 
In the case of Broadstone Lake House, floors 2 through 10 will be multi-family residential units. To get that many units approved, the first floor will have 12 live/work units and a community workspace. That 39,664 sq ft of space dedicated …

Eyesore on I-4 Done This Year Says City Manager

According to WFTV, the City Manager of Altamonte Springs said "they met with (the current owner) last week and were told that he looks to have the project finished within the next year." The unfinished building has been in Orlando for 16 years. 

A 2-Story Popeyes is Coming to Central Florida

Growthspotter says a 2-story Popeyes is coming to Kissimmee on an empty plot of land across from 2945 Entry Point Blvd (MAP) with 15-20 more one story Popeyes on their way to Central Florida in 2017 alone.

Update 2/10/17: We do not have permission to use the image shown in a prior version of this blog post, so we have removed it. We will go through the proper channels of getting the image and will have it back up as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience. 

Virginia Drive Will Become 100% City Road Once County Hands Half of It Over

Virginia Drive is currently a County road from North Orange Avenue to Ferris Avenue in the City of Orlando, "Segment." In conjunction with development in the area, the City has requested a transfer of jurisdiction of the Segment from the County to the City and County has agreed. Upon execution of the Agreement, the City will assume operation and maintenance responsibilities over the Segment.

College Park Getting Ballet Classes from Orlando Ballet

If City Council approves it during the February 13th meeting, City of Orlando Parks and Rec Department will be allowing Orlando Ballet School to operate a dance program at the College Park Community Center for a three month period in 2017, whereby Orlando Ballet School artists will provide instruction in performing arts for youth on Mondays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The 18,000 sf College Park Community Center serves as a facility for children, families and citizens can participate in programs and classes. It offers many amenities including multipurpose rooms, computer lab, playground, gym, game room, fitness center and more.
At the end of the program, participants will showcase what they have learned with a performance at the College Park Community Center on Friday April 10, 2017.

The Orlando Ballet School will provide all teaching artists and supplies for the program. Families, Parks and Recreation Director can extend the Agreement for up to one additional year, under the same terms and condi…

Ember's 63 Health Violations Include Ignoring Fire Department to Add 50 Seats

On January 31st, the popular downtown nightclub Ember was found to have 63 health violations.
They increased seating capacity from 160 to 210 without providing written approval from the local fire authority and wastewater provider. They removed the handwash sink from the food preparation/dishwashing are, removed the sink in the tower bar outside. And worst of all: they turned the hand sink on cook line into dump sink. No soap provided at handwash sink, bar and outside hand sink.The bar is licensed for 160 seats and 210 seats inside and outside. Their brisket is supposed to be stored at 135 degrees: they had it stored at 68 degrees. The raw fish (calamari) that is to be held at 41 degrees was being held at 75°F.
ViolationObservation51-11-4Basic - Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured. **Warning**24-24-4Basic - Clean equipment and utensils stored in a room that is not fully enclosed (open to outdoors/screened). Clean glasses and equipment stored long term in outside bar area…

Uber Statement on Bipartisan Passage of House Bill 221 by House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee

***Press Release***
Members of the Florida House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee today voted 14 to 1 on House Bill 221, which establishes the regulatory framework for the operation of transportation network companies (TNCs) in the State of Florida.The following statement should be attributed to Javi Correoso, Public Affairs Manager, Uber Florida:“The bipartisan vote today on HB 221 by the Florida House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee is the first step toward ensuring ridesharing has a permanent place in Florida. Uber has become an integral part of local transportation systems, and this legislation will help expand opportunities to better connect communities. “A statewide framework would increase consumer choices for safe rides across the state, keep residents and visitors moving, and further empower drivers to take charge of their economic future. Thank you to Reps. Chris Sprowls (R-Clearwater), James Grant (R-Tampa) and all co-sponsors …