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  1. 1 hour ago, codypet said:

    They're planning on squeezing a platform there when they demo the ballroom right?  Why did they make it a solid wall facing the train station then instead of having a lobby.  Is all the BOH access on the other side if that wall?

    This makes me think the ENTIRE reason why the building is so wide is to specifically build it around the concept of being the southbound platform. That's a lot to base an entire highrise around, but.....

  2. 20 minutes ago, spenser1058 said:

    Orlando Weekly asks a pertinent question: when UCF/VD opens a month from today, will the campus be ready for students?


    An interesting stat: the model for UCF/VD, ASU’s downtown campus in Phoenix, started off with just 3000 students in 2006 but is now up to 12000. What kind of growth should we anticipate?

    Also of note: DDB’s Thomas Chatmon talks about the elephant in the neighborhood and discusses how 7700 middle-class millennials plus faculty and staff are likely to interact with The Parramore community and how gentrification can be, if not avoided, at least mitigated.


    Thanks for posting this. I hadn't realized it was opening in just over a month. Talk about changing the landscape of downtown forever...... this is huge. And i'm glad the article talked about gentrification and didn't ignore it.

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  3. Hey, has anyone heard any updates on the Vanguard/Firestone space? Last I heard, they were doing EXTENSIVE renovations, but I haven't seen much activity on the site, and definitely haven't heard anything. The reno looked pretty promising and looked to have a HOB-size venue in mind.  Anybody?

  4. 13 minutes ago, HankStrong said:

    I believe this is referring to Kissimmee and Poinciana stations, but they were in the original plan, just not in the 1st phase.  Those are the only 2 that could even fit that description. 

    Truly not fair that DeLand was never built, and i'm looking forward to any dialogue they have regarding making it happen. Really seems like Volusia can't get out of their own way, though.

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  5. On 7/13/2019 at 10:58 AM, JFW657 said:

    As I understand it, the FAA height restriction is not uniform across the entire downtown area. The further away from the Herndon takeoff and landing path you go, the taller the buildings that are allowed. 

    Personally, I'm not all that enthusiastic about Zoi House. Too massive and requires too much collateral demolition. I'd like to see something with a smaller footprint there and if that requires a shorter tower, I wouldn't mind. 

    IMO, Zoi House as designed would be a better fit across the street where Golden Sparrow is supposed to go. Golden Sparrow should be up north of Colonial somewhere. 

    Or in another city altogether.

    Agreed. I don't like the concrete bunker look it has for the first 1/3rd of the building at all. And if it's being designed with the intention of being the tallest building in downtown, it doesnt' really seem to fit the skyline in that position and I think would get lost behind the BoA bldg. 

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  6. 54 minutes ago, dcluley98 said:

    From Sentinel today: 

    " A Manhattan developer is planning X-Orlando, which would be the largest residential building in downtown. The site comprised of three towers — topping out at 368 feet — totaling 900 apartments, ground floor retail, 85,000-square feet of retail and 35,000 square-feet of co-working space.

    Baker Barrios is the architect of record for this project, and Dunkelberger said it could have a grocery store on the ground floor.

    He said the X Orlando project has achieved approval and is working on building permits now in hopes of beginning construction at the end of the year with an undetermined opening date."

    This is the lot directly across from the courthouse, next to Crescent, right?

  7. 35 minutes ago, AndyPok1 said:

    You literally just described a bigger version of Wall Street with a roof added.

    I did, only not as small, not as old, and not as limited in size and amenity offering. Big difference. Another difference is the actual structure being an actual attraction. Not as simple as saying 'that's Wall St with a roof'.

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  8. 24 minutes ago, jrs2 said:

    I think it would be perfect in Orlando for all the partiers and ravers...it would be a little like the Daisy Electric Carnival thingy...

    do it from Lattitudes...

    I don't know if you were half-joking, but now i'm picturing a canopy from Church St Station, all the way to the front of the Amway Center and on property at their entertainment complex, and I won't lie- i'm kinda geeking out over it......


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  9. 1 hour ago, HankStrong said:

    I'm trying to figure out what all these people would be watching or doing?  At either location.

    I see an event worth it about once every 2-4 years.  That's a bad investment.

    If it's modeled similarly to the P &L District, the main event space in the middle is anchored by bars, restaurants and other various businesses, so the covered middle area would also be extended outside seating for each venue. The main center area  would have a stage, as well as big screen tv's that would be used both for viewing parties, as well as visual aid to on-stage performances. This could be used for various events, multiple times a year, including both the Women's and Men's World Cup, The Super Bowl, The Olympics, Magic away playoff games, Orlando City away games, UCF away games(would help boost a local connection to the new CV campus that's about to open), as well as rental space for private events. I don't see that as being a bad investment- I think it gives downtown an additional event space option that we don't currently have. 

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  10. 1 hour ago, spenser1058 said:

    Oh my, that’s rather generic. I shudder to think what would have become of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch If It were being built in Orlando.

    It's just amazing how we never get ANYTHING cool here, even when we already freaking PLAN for it. That bridge was going to be AWESOME.

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  11. 2 hours ago, nite owℓ said:

    I went back and re-read the growthspotter article, here are a few clarifications and an additional rendering from the article for those without access:

    • Diocese sold the property to MAA with the stipulation that 200 parking spaces (first 3 levels) of the garage be for the reserved for the church’s exclusive use. On one hand I'm relieved the church no longer has any ownership in the development as their original intention was to restrict the apartment to low income housing for the elderly. I'm assuming the church's parking spaces will be deeded as an easement instead.
    • "ARB Director Doug Metzger explained that the developer of Modera Central used the colorful screening on the garage to fulfill the required public art component of the building because they were seeking a density bonus. MAA isn’t seeking a density bonus, so it’s not required to provide public art."
    • "The ARB also revisited one of the most controversial elements of the project - the lack of ground-floor retail uses on Orange Avenue. The project meets the legal requirement of the downtown design guidelines by dedicating half of the frontage on Orange Avenue for retail. The southern half of the block is reserved for the leasing office and fitness center, but it was designed in such as way that it could be converted for retail use in the future. The issue was hotly debated by the Municipal Planning Board in December but ultimately won approval. Smith made a convincing argument that the parking agreement with the church would make the additional retail unfeasible. Jason Burton, assistant division manager for planning, reiterated to the board that they can not regulate the site planning, which falls under the jurisdiction of the MPB. They can, however, ask that the developer tweak the design of its amenity spaces so it looks more like a retail site."
    • "The board agreed with the ARB staff in requesting that the design-build contractor, Finfrock, enhance the parapet on the roof to add more visual interest to the skyline. They also wanted changes to the landscaping plan and to the western elevation of the parking garage, which would be seen from Interstate 4."

    View from the southwest corner of W Robinson St and State Ln [GMap]:



  12. 1 minute ago, spenser1058 said:

    I think we change it to show progress and do a plaque prominently placed (say, at the corner where the Am is) to explain the history.

    I'd be alright with that, as long as there is a clear marker indicating it's history. Though an ugly part of our past, it's a part of our past. Once the park under I-4 opens, maybe rename it "Progress Avenue".

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  13. On 5/5/2019 at 7:08 PM, AndyPok1 said:

    Which I personally do, but I'm also a person that will walk 2 miles. You're targeting the demographic that doesn't want to walk more than 5 blocks. 

    I used to live in Uptown(refuse to call it "North Quarter") for 5 years and used to routinely walk downtown. 

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