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  1. I agree that the arenas/venues themselves haven't exactly spurred the local development (or retail) some people imagined, but regarding yesterday's vote - there's more to it than the stadium.  One could say the Amway Arena/Center didn't make an impact, but would you say having the Orlando Magic franchise hasn't made an impact?  I would argue that it has, and that's the more important aspect of the vote - assuming the MLS deal gets done - adding a second major league franchise.  Let's face it, the NFL/NHL will never move a team this close to the Bucs/Bolts, and MLB barely survives anywhere in FL.  MLS was really our only shot to leave the dreaded one-franchise ("dried up pond", is that what Shaq called it?) city club. 

     

    Organic growth gets talked about a lot on this forum (sorry - long time lurker).  In my opinion, organic growth occurs when people have pride in their community - in the regional or hyper-local sense.  Whether or not you're a sports or arts fan, these are the things that bring communities together for a common cause.  Hundreds of thousands of people flock back to small college towns in the middle of nowhere every Saturday in the fall because of their shared fandom.  Sporting and cultural events draw on nostalgia, and help people plant roots - or want to return.  This longview is also what's driving Mr Hitt and UCF athletics (with that enormous, young alumni base that is only now leaving the school with a memory of big-time football and basketball games).  A sports team is largely just a rally cry for municipal pride - which is something Orlando sorely needs to grow...

     

    I completely agree with you about people returning. I wouldn't say that nothing has come from the Amway Center, we are seeing a modest revamp of church street. Not what we urban lovers would like but I would take it. Also, do not forget about the Magic Complex that is in the working. The DPAC I think we would need to see it up and running to see some effects. IMO I think the ALOFT hotel is there because of the DPAC. 

  2. OFFICIAL: MLS COMING TO ORLANDO

     

     

     

    Well guys this is a major project coming online for 2015. While we have 2 main projects for 2014 we have things to look forward to, for a couple of years. I know I've been absent from the community on/off (mostly school work, however, what type of development do you think will spur from the stadium. I am thinking bars, restaurants, and hotels. I believe this will solidify the need for hotels in downtown. What do you guys think? 

  3. I can see one way it can work here... The ORANGE is the SunRail and the BLUE I am pretty sure that is a freight line. They can branch off the freight line into the airport or retrofit the existing line and lay new tracks directly into the airport. 

     

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  4. Did anyone notice on the last page from Lutheran Towers a request to build a 9 story 300 unit residential building? 

     

    Here is the site: 

     

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    Here is a picture of an earlier post, the location where it will be built. Just to get some perspective. 

  5. Yes Orlando City Park does have a ring to it. I also like Orlando City Stadium. This is awesome news, I saw on the MLS they have a ton of attention on Orlando entering the league. Let's hope it means something!

  6. Ken, the recap sheets are wierd. Right now, the one that was linked was version 5...for some reason version 4 is the July edition. Makes no sense to me but by changing the URL I found it -

    http://www.cityoforlando.net/planning/cityplanning/MPB/2013/06Jun/MPB2013JunRecapRev4.pdf

    As far as the hotel at Docs, it is in that same link and has been in others. But I just assumed it was referring to the Hampton Inn on Columbia. This is what I found under the Downtown South NID page:

    http://www.cityoforlando.net/planning/cityplanning/2013rfq_dnid/DowntownSouthNID_keyprojects.pdf

     

    Did anyone notice on the last page from Lutheran Towers a request to build a 9 story 300 unit residential building? 

     

    Here is the site: 

     

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  7. Got this press release in the inbox today...

     

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    The Johns Hopkins Children’s Heart Surgery Program at Florida Hospital for Children Launches to Provide Comprehensive Cardiology Care

    New Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit opens to provide patients with state of the art care

     

     

    The Johns Hopkins Children’s Heart Surgery program at Florida Hospital for Children recently launched to provide comprehensive cardiac surgery care. The program draws on the expertise of Johns Hopkins, a pioneer in the field of heart surgery, and will give Florida children access to a top-notch surgical team and the newest treatment approaches. In Orlando, the program is led by Dr. Constantine Mavroudis, a world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon, who leads the highly qualified and experienced team to provide surgical treatment of congenital heart disease.

    Congenital heart disease is a lifelong issue,” said Dr. Mavroudis, medical director of the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Florida Hospital for Children. “One out of every 125 babies born in the United States is born with a congenital heart defect. It is important that these patients have a team and facility in place to care for them throughout their entire life. The program at Florida Hospital for Children has been set up to care for all patients, from infants to adults.”

                Florida Hospital for Children is using the latest technology to care for these patients including two brand new operating rooms specifically designed for pediatric heart surgeries. The unique hybrid operating room will function as both a place for surgical procedures and a catherization lab, or electrophysiology lab. The hybrid operating room is also designed for kids with smaller equipment but is adult friendly so patients who need follow-up care for the rest of their life can easily be cared for in the same hospital.

                Additionally, Florida Hospital added ten state-of-the-art cardiovascular intensive care unit rooms to provide critical care for these patients. The new unit provides a child-friendly natured themed environment to care for these surgical patients.

                “Together, Florida Hospital, All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and Johns Hopkins Children’s Heart Surgery program are establishing a collaboration to benefit our patients and our community,” said Marla Silliman, administrator at Florida Hospital for Children. “We want families to know that they now have access to world-class care right here in Central Florida.”

                Dr. Mavroudis is also a leading researcher, authoring more than 300 papers throughout his career. Before he joined Florida Hospital for Children, Dr. Mavroudis was Chair of Congenital and Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital and served as Surgeon-in-Chief for the Department of Surgery and Division Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He also recently published the 4th Edition of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, which has been the gold-standard reference for pediatric and adult clinicians in the field.

     

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    I've been highly impressed with the quality of work coming out of FH lately.  With these types of partnerships do you think that Orlando will start to be viewed as a medical city?  I recently had a couchsurfer from Pittsburgh who works for UPMC and he said in Pitts Orlando comes up in conversation often.  He went on to say people there, at least in the medical fields, do know about Orlando's move into the industry and many joke about wanting to move here.  We do have warm climate over such places as Boston, San Fran, or Pittsburgh.

     

    I think over the past few years, yes Orlando has become dubbed a medical city with all of the recent projects (i.e Lake Nona, formation of Orlando Health, and the tremendous development of Florida Hospital). I believe the word hasn't hit the nation yet (the general population), that Orlando is becoming a strong player in the medical field. Once everyone is able to see past Mickey Mouse, we should be able to make our mark. Also, let's not forget about us becoming a technology hub either =). 

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  8. The former Goodings plaza, where King's Bowl is, is now classified as part of I-Drive Live.  Ciao Italia looks to be moving into the space just west of King's Bowl.  I have an interview with a rep from Ciao lined up for next week.  I can't tell if they are planning to move (which would be a shocker since they've been at their current Westwood Blvd location since day one  way back in 1991) or open a second location.

     

    As far as I-Drive Live proper goes the pre-fab walls are up on the two buildings flanking the Orlando Eye (the wax musuem and the aquarium buildings).  

     

    Any word on the Planet Hollywood hotel rumors? 

     

    I'm still very confused at why the developer kept the Goodings plaza instead of tearing it down and incorporating I-Shops and I-Drive Live into one mega project on the scale of The Grove, Disney Springs (future of Downtown Disney), or something even bigger.  That could be huge but instead we get two decent projects with a strip mall wedged between them.  I know the retention ponds are in-between the two developments but that can easily be incorporated into the design.  Look at what the outlets on the north end of I-Drive did with the ditch or what Millenia did with many of their retention ponds (the I-4 one though really could use a nice fountain in it).  

     

    I haven't heard much buzz about anything going on at I-Drive Live for a while now. I passed along Universal Blvd the other day and saw some major construction. Is this the site of the development. I was never to clear on where EXACTLY it would be. 

     

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  9. Ken, the recap sheets are wierd. Right now, the one that was linked was version 5...for some reason version 4 is the July edition. Makes no sense to me but by changing the URL I found it -

    http://www.cityoforlando.net/planning/cityplanning/MPB/2013/06Jun/MPB2013JunRecapRev4.pdf

    As far as the hotel at Docs, it is in that same link and has been in others. But I just assumed it was referring to the Hampton Inn on Columbia. This is what I found under the Downtown South NID page:

    http://www.cityoforlando.net/planning/cityplanning/2013rfq_dnid/DowntownSouthNID_keyprojects.pdf

     

    You guys really know how to find these documents. I tried my luck on looking and wasn't successful. Glad you guys share the awesome finds!

  10. A light rail line from UCF to downtown and Winter Park would be very logical. Have it follow 50 and branch off to UCF at Alafaya, and maybe continue down 50 out to Avalon Park Blvd. Would give all the commuters that jam 408 and 50 an option coming into town, not to mention the high usage it would get from students. Students are more susceptible to use public transit like a light rail line, especially if they're going downtown to eat and drink. 

     

    I would of loved this when I was attending UCF. Driving from Southwest Orlando to UCF 3 times a week definitely gets old. However, do you think there is land for them to build the tracks or are you thinking the run the line right down the middle of the road? 

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