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    Union West at CV| Creative Village | 15 Stories

    The engineered wood have come down a lot in price as well, they're starting to be used in more and more places. And I've seen some impressive demos, exposing the wood to moisture, fire, etc, and at least according to the demos, it survives and looks fine.
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    Just Wow

    I mean it was a literal statement, it was something to the nature of corporations shouldn't be spending big money doing conventions in Orlando ... people aren't blowing cash in Vegas so everyone needs to tighten their belts. The statements perhaps weren't really about the specific vacation spots in general that he specifically mentioned, just a notion that during the great recession a decade ago, it wasn't appropriate for companies or rich people to be flaunting money with luxury vacations while at the same time those same people were firing the people working beneath him. But no doubt they had a huge immediate effect on both Orlando and Vegas as companies were afraid to do extravagant events here after being called out for it - and that simply was really bad for Orlando.
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    Just Wow

    I don't think we will be as hard hit as last time. I think it will be less real estate and attractions focused this next downturn. Trump is extremely unlikely to tell people to stop going to Orlando and spending money at Disney like Obama did.
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    Lake Nona - Medical City

    ClosetMaid is moving its headquarters to Lake Nona Town Center (Office 2 building) from Ocala. My understanding is this should substantially complete the leasing of building 2, leading the way for office building 3 to be built soon. Also Boxi Park is having its preview weekend this weekend.
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    Union West at CV| Creative Village | 15 Stories

    Haha, I went to BK for the first time in like at least 5 years a few months ago and I couldn't even believe how bad it was. And I'm the type that loves fast food, love Taco Bell, McD, Wendys, etc lol
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Endless Summer is directly between the new campuses, and not really walking distance to either. Its supposed to be the lowest cost resort they build due to the location, and I don't think they want to drive those from other resorts there, since they're more likely to venture off to I-Drive. Considering the price point, I think they are doing a good job on what they're building. I was concerned with the tilt wall construction, but I think they're managing to make it look nice and fitting for the area... yeah, its not as high end as everything else they're building and going to build, but it still has the feeling of more density, and is still unique with multiple supersized murals on the sides of the buildings. Yeah, its not there best resort, but its still better then whats on most of I-Drive and continues a trend in the right direction (especially if this is there lowest end, budget product, which is what they're saying). Photo from https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct
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    The Brightline

    Lets be realistic. The $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project won't be near that cost as it will bring in a ton of money, just as the similar I-95 Express project in South Florida did. And it did massively increase the speed in both the free lanes and the paid lanes (and over there, there was only minor modifications to the roadway, it was mostly done by converting the HOV lane and adding plastic bollards. It won't solve it, but I think nearly no one doesn't think it will help improve the situation massively, and probably at a lower cost then any other improvement with the express component being factored in. 95 in Miami is profitable now. Since it sound like Virgin Trains found alternate funding, I think cancellation of the IPO is a good thing. I think if California doesn't connect 2 major cities with their HSR they should be forced to pay back the billions. It may still be what makes sense, but the whole train there just never made sense in the first place. I do wonder what this means for the Vegas to San Diego Virgin Trains route( (although from my understanding, no connection between the HSR and the Virgin Trains route was even proposed). Who knows, maybe Virgin Trains or someone else will step in for California if they do cancel it, and they can get a much better plan that makes more sense like we got here in Florida.
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Rumors are a lot will be packed in very little space, it will be a much "bigger" theme park then the current ones without much more acrage. Unless you're referring to the parking lot, but again, its temporary and likely to be replaced by a second theme park, just as Universal did at their original property. They don't have land space to waste if they're doing 4 dry parks, 2 wet parks, plus many more hotels, like we've heard rumored, unless they can get the Lockheed land, and no signs of that happening.
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    I imagine the plan is that the surface lot is temporary, with it being the site of eventual dry park #4. I think we'll be seeing things turn out exactly the same way as they did at the north campus, so within a decade, the surface lots will be replaced by garages as they need the space.
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Yeah, but they said that it wasn't zoned for that use a few months ago, and that turned out to be entirely wrong. There probably is some angst. They have some permits. Could be something confusing on a drawing, an extra outlet was moved that wasn't on an original print, or something just as minor. And from my experience, since this department already was wrong once with the same project, it could simply be a way to try to get back at them and say "don't mess with us", I've dealt with many inspectors like that.
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    I wouldn't look too much into it. This happened a few months ago as well, and apparently the city was claiming that the car museum needed to be zoned as a dealership, because the cars were placed outside before they were moved inside of the building. Which made no sense at all obviously, the cars aren't for sale, and there is no way to get the cars inside of the building without them being outside first We don't know the extent of the alleged violations, if its just some angry inspector/code enforcement officer quibbling over something really minor, or what the real story is.
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Pfft, I like the purple, its so iconic of the area.
  13. I watched it twice because I expected a video where they had something going on at the site, not ending with them driving up to the no trespassing sign outside of the site
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    Lake Nona - Medical City

    Retail rental rates in Lake Nona are among the highest in Central Florida, alongside I-Drive, Mall at Milenia, and Winter Park https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2019/02/01/want-to-be-in-lake-nona-town-center-it-may-cost.html?ana=RSS&s=article_search
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    Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Errm, not quite true. I don't know the details, but the owners of Fuddruckers sued to stop the development because the change of concept may damage Fuddrucker's business. Thats why Denzer wants them out. I'm convinced Universal had it under contract at some point. Denzer wasn't the original buyer, the original buyer had the empty property south of Artegon under contract as well, with the contracts contingent on them getting both parcels. Denzer didn't go for the property south of Artegon, that never sold, so its clear he wasn't the one involved in the original transaction. I personally don't get whats with the obsession with building apartment complexes on I-Drive and Universal Blvd on the tourist corridor. That just doesn't seem like the best use for me, and I feel like they'll be angry residents surprised by Universal's and others expansions coming up in that very area, and the additional noise and traffic that it brings, even though those people are moving onto freakin I-Drive.