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8 Things to Know This Week for Monday June 17th



1. Wally's opening According to a comment on a recent post on Wally's official instagram account, Wally's  Bar at 1001 N. Mills Ave in the MIlls50 District opens Monday June 17th. No hours are listed and they've changed their opening date multiple times in the past 30 days, so take it with a grain of salt.


2. Lucky's Market opens The grand opening for the newest Lucky's Market in Orlando at 3230 E. Colonial Drive across from Orlando Fashion Square Mall is Wednesday June 19th at 10am. This location will feature, alongside its standard grocery offerings, kombucha on tap, nitro coffee, and a ramen bar.


3. Donut Shop Coming to SODO A new donut shop is opening soon in the SODO district called Shaka Donuts (Instagram) at 225 East Michigan Street. 


4. Who's Going to Operate the Southern Box Food Hall? Dr Phillips charities has announced that it’s on the hunt for a third party operator for its recently-announced Southern Box Food Hall. Commercial real estate services firm JLL is executing that hunt. The operator would be charged with overseeing all operations for the food hall, including the identification of the restaurant tenants. Another large-scale development, The Yard at Ivanhoe, recently announced the operator of its food hall: Tampa-based, Vigor Group, which created and manages Hall on Franklin food hall in Tampa. Orlando Food Hall Guide


5. Sailboats on Lake Eola Sailboats will be floating atop Lake Eola promoting the Major League Soccer All-Star Game for two to three weeks if City Council passes a special event signage package being brought before it Monday June 17th. The signage package includes several more promotional displays scattered around downtown during this period including an “Artistic collage” at 617 W Central, a Building wrap at the SunTrust Tower, a Banner for the Church Street Station bridge, and several large signs on the soccer stadium. Even more signage is planned separately outside this signage package including street banners on downtown street lights and signage on bus shelters. Authorization for a City Planning Official to approve more temporary event signage as the need arises was also recommended for approval. All of this signage will be hung two to three weeks before the Major League Soccer All-Star Game which takes place July 31st and can remain hung for up to 30 days in total. The MLS All-Star Game is an annual marquee event for Major League Soccer, and this year it will be hosted at the Orlando City Stadium, against Spanish soccer Club Atletico de Madrid. Every year the event draws fans and media from across the country for a five-day celebration that typically includes a concert, news conferences, community service days, a Homegrown game — which features young MLS standouts — and culminates with the All-Star Game


6. Transportation Improvement Program Public Meeting MetroPlan Orlando is seeking public input through a public meeting and email submissions on the proposed regional 5 year transportation plan called the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The public Meeting is Monday, June 17th at 5:30pm in the Cypress Room on the 3rd Floor at the downtown Orlando Public Library (101 E. Central Blvd). At 5:30, materials will be made available for review and there will be time for questions and answers. Then at 6 a Formal presentation will be made, followed by time for Public comment. If you'd like a copy of the TIP sent to you, email Metroplan Orlando at info@metroplanorlando.org


7. Orlando City Soccer Requests Fan Zone Orlando City Soccer Club is requesting approval of a temporary use permit to operate a fan zone on its property east of the its stadium. The soccer club describes the project as "An interactive fan zone with sponsor booths, music, soccer themed games, autograph signings and plenty of free giveaways." The fan zone would only take place on gamedays. Approval is recommended until November 30, 2020 with the option for one 1-year extension. The City is fine with the Fan Zone so long as they plant a hedge and build a fence around the property. The City asked for the same hedge back in 2018 when they gave Orlando City Soccer permission to use the empty lot as an employee parking lot, but they never planted the hedge. The deadline for the hedge is August 30th. 


8. Presidential Visit Brings Downtown Road Closures On Tuesday June 18th, due to the presidential campaign event at the Amway Center, there will be significant traffic impacts to downtown. Specific event road closures, including any decisions regarding necessary traffic changes on I-4, are determined by the U.S. Secret Service, not the City of Orlando. It is expected the roadways in the immediate area surrounding the Amway Center in downtown Orlando will begin closing starting at  9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, including the following. Additional road closures may be implemented on the event day as needed.

  1. Church Street, from Hughey Avenue to Garland Avenue

  2. Church Street, from Hughey Avenue to Division Avenue, will close on 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16 and remain closed through Tuesday, June 18

  3. South Street, from Hughey Avenue to Division Avenue

  4. Pine Street, from Garland Avenue to Hughey Avenue

  5. Hughey Avenue, from Central Boulevard to South Street

  6. Division Avenue, from Anderson Street to Central Boulevard

  7. Additional road closures are planned to be implemented at 2 p.m., including the closure of the I-4 westbound South Street on-ramp.

In an effort to make traveling around downtown Orlando as seamless as possible on Tuesday, June 18, the city recommends taking the following routes to get around the area:

  1. To head north in downtown: from Division Avenue, make a right onto east Anderson Street, and then make a left to go north on Rosalind Avenue.

  2. To head south in downtown: from Division Avenue, make a right onto Central Boulevard and then make a left to go south on Orange Blossom Trail.

  3. To move east and west in downtown: the following roads will provide east and west bound access – Anderson Street, Washington Street and Robinson Street.





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