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  1. I’m also annoyed nobody cared about making this park work as junkies ran free in it for about ten years until a tower was proposed. Oh wait now we will come up with a vision that will work this time...
    11 points
  2. I do not think lighting has been tested on it yet. There is a large crane positioned over the pyramid, and on some nights the lights on the crane are shining directly on the pyramid almost making it look illuminated. I’ve noticed this on a few nights depending on the position of the crane.
    8 points
  3. I think the Skyplex Poler-coaster tower was proposed to approach 600'. That would be pretty dang cool in the same area with the Eye and the Starflyer. I really like the new "skyline" on I-drive with those attractions, especially coming in on I-4 at night with the neon lights in full effect. The Poler-coaster tower would be a really cool addition, and that area can be a kind of defining skyline for Orlando as one of the theme-park/attraction capitals of the world. I hope that will be our first 500'+ building.
    6 points
  4. “Fort Myers-based Conor Acquisitions has filed plans with the City of Orlando for a new, 19-story mixed-use tower downtown that would be anchored by a 256-key Radisson Blu luxury hotel.” - from Growthspotter
    6 points
  5. Kind of expected something a little more similar to this
    5 points
  6. Motion to nickname this giant parking garage "The Coop" as they appear to be screening this monster with chicken wire.
    5 points
  7. This design is hot garbage, client request or not. As a design firm, it should be incumbent upon the architect to lead their uninformed clients down a path that creates a design both expedient to the client's needs and also respectful of the built environment and the needs of the general public. This is not a profession that has no obligation to the public. I'm sorry, but you need to pass basic qualification of knowledge, ethics, and public service to hold a license to practice this combination of an art/service, and you must meet basic standards of the public in addition to your clientele. We should react to this bottom-of-the-barrel design and call them out with outrage. At least in the architectural review phase. This is needed to stop this lazy and cheap design from continuing to mar our built environment.
    4 points
  8. I am not sure this even makes sense. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  9. Well, we all figured given the size it would be about 200', but the design itself is very uninspiring, not the height. Typical Baker Barrios dreck. There are good ways to design a 200' building and bad ways. This is a lazy, bad way. Also, why TF would they put amenities there overlooking a dang bus-stop? Makes absolutely no sense. BB is the WORST! Hell, make it a basic square tower with good finishes and put a great deck and crown on top and it would be better than this "design." SMH.
    4 points
  10. I'm sure the NCDOT will find it easier to cap over 277 than to repair the hundreds and hundreds of non-working streetlights along the highway that haven't functioned in the last 15 or 20 years.
    4 points
  11. NoDa was coined by a pioneer, following a standard convention that said 'arts district' to people. It's done. None of us here have coined any neighborhood names because none of us have pioneered a neighborhood. I agree it would have been better use a better name. Maybe "Pettycoat Junction" or "Elementary School Seamstress Crossing" or "The Rail Yard". Maybe someone could have even named it after the historic plantation in the area "Rosedale". Or maybe they could have named it after their main commercial street and abbreviated it somehow, like "Dave". Come visit Dave. No really, I need friends.
    4 points
  12. These stories remind me of the time my dad and I were walking around Uptown in the late '90s. I remember being 7 or 8 at the time, so it was either 1997 or 98, respectively. Anyway, we were exploring Uptown and we met an office worker from the BofA CC tower who was on his lunch break. He was very nice and allowed us to go up to his office and take in the view. From my memory, it was probably around the 40th floor. What I remember the most was walking to the window and feeling like I was going to fall down. LOL I believe the windows were floor to ceiling, so it sort of took my breath away. I also remember the office was facing toward South Tryon. It was a very impressive view. That's one Charlotte memory from my childhood.
    4 points
  13. That’s the shipping container development on Byrum and Wingrove.
    3 points
  14. There are obviously no easy answers to the homelessness issue, and an already complicated issue is made vastly moreso by the fact that, as @smeagolsfree mentioned, many homeless people are mentally ill, which is why it is a bit silly in my mind to suggest that the answer is simply to 'stop giving them stuff and they'll all go get a job.' I don't doubt that there are some bad apples out there who really are just lazy vagabonds content to mooch off of handouts. But for the majority of the homeless out there, if they could 'just go get a job' then I imagine most of them would do that today if it meant they didn't have to sleep under a tarp outdoors in winter. Even if mental illness isn't part of the equation, homelessness can become a viscous cycle that isn't easy to break. I don't like seeing public spaces taken over by people (homeless or not) who are consistently conducting generally anti-social behavior either, but I do think that one of the primary problems is that society in general doesn't approach the issue of homelessness with a sense of compassion. The homeless are looked down upon with disdain by most, and as animals that should be herded away by many. When I say compassion I don't mean giving them handouts every time they approach you. Being a frequent pedestrian in Chicago myself, I'd be broke if I did that. But we as a society could definitely help the situation if we stopped looking at them as wild beasts and started seeing them for what most of them really are; fellow human beings who have been dealt a bad hand in life. Let's get serious about providing much more diversity in housing options, from temporary homeless housing, to transitional housing, to affordable low and middle income housing. Let's get serious about funding mental health research and local mental health institutions. Let's get serious about providing better job training programs. Let's get serious, instead of just pretending that the problem will effectively be solved if we could only shove them all out of sight underneath the same highway overpass. I realize there are no silver bullet solutions, and I realize that some homeless people don't exactly make it easy to feel compassion for them, but there is much more we could be doing to help the situation than complaining about their stench.
    3 points
  15. My understanding is some of the teams in Hearst will move to Legacy Union and BofA won't backfill those floors.
    3 points
  16. I'm not necessarily against closing it down, but don't confuse a temporary effect for a permanent one. For example quite a few people are telecommuting. which isn't a permanent solution for most employees. Also traffic doesn't just disappear it is re-routed. Though if well designed some of it should be able to be mode shifted. The sad thing is the state spent 400 million on the Independence Expressway, which does very little to actually help Mecklenburg County. Meaning it doesn't allow greater density all that much, which in turn limits the tax base. I'm not saying that the Independence project is a bad one, but that is right about the same funding on the state level for the silver line, which likely would not require continued state funding for maintenance. I bring that up because if we had the silver line in place then we would have quite a bit of infrastructure in place to allow mode shifting possibly allowing the removal or boulevardization of the Belk/Brookshire.
    3 points
  17. A Fort Myers-based company is developing this property, natch. You're not going to get inspiring architecture as long as companies from other Southern cities come in with limited vision and taste. Baker Barrios' designs are only a reflection of their clients' requirements. You'll only get international-level design if you have an international audience. It isn't specific to Orlando.
    3 points
  18. Jefferson Street Gateway to Heritage:
    3 points
  19. Baker Barrios, you should be reading this, you entitled hacks! Take this as some Destructive criticism. Your designs are awful, and uninspired. Everybody is sick of it, and we all have no idea why you keep getting the opportunity to "design" the main buildings in this town. Of course, this is an expression of my own opinion, but it is also one that is widely held by the general population, and basically, everybody who has glanced upon your pompously pathetic repetitive iterations of banality. We are all emphatically un-impressed. Do better. I hope you and/or your competitors are reading this, if not, at least you should.
    3 points
  20. From the growth spotter article, it doesn't sound like there are any plans for an on-site garage at all: Conor has secured off-site parking through an agreement with R&R Palmetto Avenue Ltd., which operates a private garage at 305 N. Palmetto Ave. The developer is seeking a density bonus from the city. Floor dedication info: 4,250 square feet of retail as well as the hotel lobby and back-of-house operations on the ground floor. The high-design Radisson Blu would have ample meeting space, including a ballroom and breakout areas, and an amenity deck and pool on the third level. The top six floors of the tower would comprise 40 residential units on the "penthouse" levels.
    3 points
  21. As lame as it sounds the side facing BofA could be a pretty awesome huge media screen. Ads, live sporting events, lighting.
    3 points
  22. Looks like Margaritaville is going to make several of their rooms "timeshare" rooms through their Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham...and this will be a sales center for them.
    3 points
  23. subkyle and titanhog -- Point taken. 50-60K is probably an overreach for Vandy. Then again, the SEC might be an overreach. Realistically, Vanderbilt should be playing Tulane, Rice, and Wake Forest, rather than Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. But the SEC pays big bucks, so it's hard to walk away from. Take the money, and hope to be reasonably competitive, and spring an upset once in a while. I have no doubt that a 50-60K stadium, nicely done with individual seats rather than benches, and luxury boxes, might sell out for a couple of conference games a year, but that would be mostly due to opposing teams which travel well. Nashville is, of course, a fun destination for visitors, as opposed to, say, Starkville or Fayetteville. Non-conference games, however, would have lots of empty seats. So, I'll settle for 40K (roughly the same as the current stadium's capacity, but 40K individual seats plus boxes would require a bigger footprint and/or more height than the existing 40K bench seats). Whatever the capacity of a new stadium, whether built on the same site or elsewhere, it would be an epic improvement over the dank, dismal, disgraceful dump the Commodores now call home. Apologies for dragging this thread away from its topic, the West End construction, which is wonderful to see.
    3 points
  24. We can support 10,000 rooms now
    3 points
  25. Meh. I guess anything is better than an empty lot but this hotel does absolutely nothing for me. Tired of these stubby little 200 foot buildings. Weak af.
    3 points
  26. It won’t officially be an Orlando project unti lt becomes “Baker Barrios Boring”. *sigh*
    3 points
  27. If you pull down on the handle, a chamber is exposed where you place your 8-track tape.
    3 points
  28. Probably not but hopefully soon in SouthEnd.
    3 points
  29. I just looked up skyscraper and it said: tall building with a brise soleil.
    3 points
  30. KJ, I KNOW your prediction will come true within the next month, provided you work in Uptown of course
    3 points
  31. Things are DEFINITELY percolating around the Neuhoff Packing Plant transaction. Now Maneet Chauhan's Morph Hospitality Group has just sold their 1.75 acre property at 93 Taylor Street (which just happens to back up against the northwestern edge of the Neuhoff site) for $8 million. The purchaser is apparently the same group that just bought the plant. Something major is brewing. More behind the NBJ paywall here: https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2019/01/25/celebrity-chef-cashes-out-of-germantown-to.html?iana=hpmvp_nsh_news_headline
    3 points
  32. Probably incredibly grainy on bigger screens. Taken from Concourse E
    3 points
  33. I think(?) we might have some breaking news tonight. Unless my eyes are deceiving me, it looks like they decided to light the candle for the first time tonight.. Maybe someone else can get a better look to confirm or deny but from this albeit blurry image grabbed on my phone, it appears the pyramid is (somewhat) lit.
    3 points
  34. I've never seen this pic of BofA under construction before. Very cool.
    3 points
  35. Rather than try to sift through this avalanche of "highly debatable" points using the cumbersome quote feature, I'll just do it this way... spencer1058: "There had already been resolutions passed about the Jaymont Block also but he ignored them." Resolutions by whom? We're they legally binding? Apparently not. Again, had Dyer done as you suggest he should have, they'd still be debating the issue today, and we'd still have a run down eyesore block at Orange and Church occupied by a bunch of dilapidated, trashy looking old two story buildings. spencer1058: "The preservationists could have sued, but Orlando’s group is relatively weak (as opposed if something like that happened in Savannah, Charleston or even in Jacksonville in Riverside/Avondale." How much power do you need to hire an attorney? Couldn't they find one who shared their views willing to work pro bono? If their views on the subject were as popular as you suggest, it seems like they would have been able to. And btw, if the cause of preserving that block was as popular as you suggest, where were the crowds of sign carrying protesters? It's not like it hadn't been public knowledge for years that plans were afoot to redevelop that parcel. It's not like it was top secret and kept under wraps behind closed doors, then one day we suddenly woke up to bulldozers and piles of rubble with no warning whatsoever. Remember the big oak tree at Constitution Green? When people heard it might fall to development, they mobilized. Petitions were circulated. There was hue!!! There was cry!!! There was hue and cry simultaneously!!! Nothing even close was done for the 1940's drug stores. Why? Nobody cared. People wanted that block redeveloped and Dyer got it done. Good for him. I like what's there now a million times better than those ratty looking old drug stores. spencer1058: "There’s also the fact that he did it before finishing DPAC, even though it was by far the more popular project." Are you still talking about Jaymont? Or are you thinking of CB? What has a private development have to do with DPAC? spencer1058: "And that kind of thinking, had Mayor Bill listened to the developers and realtors, would have led to demolishing Eola Heights and having empty lots just like we had next to BoA for 25 years. Again, you’re deciding for the whole community." Well now you're entering the realm of hyperbole. The idea that knocking down a couple of old two story drugstores from the 1940's that occupied the premier intersection in downtown Orlando in order to construct a major mixed used high rise complex, is somehow tantamount to razing an entire historic neighborhood to put up small condo projects here and there, something that would have happened rarely if ever anyway, is really stretching "logic". And... aren't you also trying to decide for the whole community? spencer1058: "Ummm, I remind you less than 15% of the city elected him (and that’s of registered voters)." If that's how politically disengaged Orlando voters are, it's a good thing we don't look to them for guidance on other issues because it would almost certainly result in one ill-advised decision and negative outcome after another. prahaboheme: "The demolition of the Jaymont block should never be seen as chalking it up to the greater good. Those facades could have been preserved and the project could have still moved forward." You are assuming someone would have wanted to. What if no developer was willing to do that? Keep in mind the title "Jaymont block" refers to the name of a real estate company who had once planned to build a modern, glittering 35 story high rise on that block, then told Orlando where to stuff it after being told they had to alter their design for the very same purpose you mentioned. prahaboheme: "I disagree they weren’t worth preserving. Miami Beach doesn’t demolish its Art Deco Heritage in the name of progress — it’s architecture is a major reason why the place exists in the first place." Miami's Art Deco district is a far cry from those two cheesey looking old two story derelicts. Personally, I found the Woolworth's building to be downright ugly. McCrory's might have actually been worth saving had it been about six floors taller with a lot of detail on the north and west facing facades. prahaboheme: "Whats there is fine - it could have been a much better overall development had the facades been incorporated." Again... let me paraphrase what Jaymont Realty told O-town back in the 1980's... "Hey Orlando, keep your little drug stores and go take a hike!!! We don't need all this aggravation!!!"
    2 points
  36. Disagree. I’d love at least one 600-footer. It would really make the skyline pop if there was some variance in the height of buildings. It always angers me that a city like Oklahoma City has an 800 foot skyscraper and a much bigger city like Orlando is scrapping over another 400-footer. Makes me sick I tell ya.
    2 points
  37. But will you be able to buy Krispy Kreme in the lobby?
    2 points
  38. Reuse the southern half as the right of way for the Silver Line
    2 points
  39. When I had HELOC applications the institution hired a professional appraisal that included homes sold within one-half mile and within six months. This could be fudged in distance and time if sufficient comparable sales were not available. Tax value was not involved as I recall, only arm's length sales. The value thus derived became the basis of the loan with a percentage of appraised amount available to be advanced. I had to pay for this appraisal. For the first one they offered a list of approved appraisers and I could choose one if I was so informed, which I did since I knew one of the men on the list. The second time this practice was no longer available due to the possibility of contamination of value. Also the Great Recession. Professional appraisers and their employers are aware that tax values are not specific to a single property in the same way detailed appraisals are.
    2 points
  40. They actually draw a lot of inspiration for their designs from some of our amateur renderings. You guys didn't hear this from me... but rumor has it they're strongly considering @Tyrone Wiggum's water feature. Mods, please delete after 24 hours to clear my name. I could get in some serious heat for leaking this info.
    2 points
  41. "Save Our Fairgrounds intends to appeal the decision all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary." LOL. What a waste of time and resources.
    2 points
  42. 2 points
  43. Tarhoosier, That reminds me of a geeky story about the original First Union tower (32 stories completed in 1971) I was 12 in 1971 when they completed this tower. Like you, I was frustrated that the building didn't have any sort of observation deck so I wrote WBTV News that they should send a crew up to Charlotte's newest and do a story showing what you can see. They did! I was watching the news when they came on with a live story from what later would become Slug's restaurant. They said, "Alan.... writes in that we need an observation deck up here, but in the meantime we'll give you a tour via our cameras...". They spent about 10 minutes panning around and explaining what could see of Charlotte. That Saturday, First Union opened up that building for the day so my dad took me down there. Only folks on this board would relate I bet.
    2 points
  44. the point is that I think the pyramid looks good atop Legacy from any angle. this afternoon from Music Factory.
    2 points
  45. skyline from 277 this afternoon. take some photos everyone next week I will be gone south.
    2 points
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