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  1. I drank/ate here maybe three times prior to lockdown. Each time the food progressively got better, and the service was always super-friendly. I hope they make it as I look forward to going back once dine-in days begin again for me.
  2. Still not back in the office but I was nearby yesterday to run a couple of errands. Quite a difference from my last photo on March 5th!
  3. Who do we contact? I don’t live in this city commission district so I doubt my commissioner would care to get involved. I do think it’s important for the city to know residents are interested in keeping redevelopment of the more historic structures on this site (historic in the local sense, if not the formal sense). I’ve always thought the original news room building was a spit & polish away from being super cool.
  4. I hear ya and- granted I don’t live DIRECTLY behind the area surrounding the Bumby/CF intersection- but as a nearby homeowner I welcome the development. I love being able to stay in my own neighborhood for restaurants, shopping, and socializing 5 days out of 7. It fosters a sense of community and place for what previously was a unique-if-boring amalgam if upscale neighborhood (Bel Air), middle class residences (Lake Como), and nondescript county residential (south of CF) - dotted with businesses that were nothing special. Now I actually patronize the businesses in this district, know my bartenders by name, and recommend retail establishments to friends who live in other downtown neighborhoods. It definitely helps provide a sense of belonging and pride.
  5. In this view, are we looking Southwest? I can’t picture where the parking garage is that’s shown because I haven’t been on that block since March, lol.
  6. Haha ... my first thought exactly. That said, I hope this moves forward. I think this area can handle this development. [emoji106]
  7. The NY Times did a good analysis on why these acquisitions make sense for a seemingly odd pairing of companies like Simon & Brookfield, and is worth a read if such things interest you. Essentially, Brookfield gains the licensing rights to popular and/or storied brands which brings the potential of added revenue. They also get super-favorable lease terms for the shops located in Simon-owned properties (i.e., rent as a % of sales) that give them an upper hand during slow times (like the last 6 months) that their competition doesn’t have. Simon gets a guarantee their properties remain full, thus preventing others from leaving who have co-tenancy agreements in their leases. (Not to mention keeping foot traffic up which benefits all the retailers.) They also get a % of sales. Here’s the link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/business/retail-bankruptcy-authentic-brands.html?referringSource=articleShare
  8. Mall operators Simon and Brookfield Property Partners picked up another distressed retail brand today with their purchase of JC Penney out of bankruptcy. To-date, JCP is the largest retailer to fail during the pandemic. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/09/business/jc-penney-sale-simon-brookfield.html?referringSource=articleShare
  9. That actually sounds super cool. Unique and provides another entertainment option for Church Street in addition to F&B, which makes it twice the draw. I hope they can make a go of it!
  10. I didn’t see that in the article but if that’s the case it would make total sense.
  11. I wonder if they plan to rebrand the hospital to Orlando Health ... ? The article didn’t mention it but I think there are other Bayfront facilities in the Tampa Bay Area so surely they can’t continue to use “Bayfront”.
  12. There’s a missed opportunity in here somewhere ... weed & shoestring fries in the same location is a no-brainer!
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