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  1. Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    For a prominent corner, I wish this storage center was at least 4 stories, up to 8 or 9 would have been great to match the heights of the nearby Sevens and Residence Inn. Oh well, at least it beats what's currently there despite looking kind of bland. The east elevation is not too horrible as the edge of the building appears to be about 31 feet away from property line - or basically the western wall of the neighboring building. It largely won't be seen but it could use some sprucing up. Would be better if the building was extended just a bit to the east to reduce that alley/drive thru access down to 20 feet (fire department minimum clear width?), to reduce the gap between the buildings. The Hillcrest south elevation is just awful and inexcusable, it's facing the street and looks like the back part of the building nobody's really supposed to see. It's jarring to have this contrast with that beautiful house and office building on the other side of the street.
  2. College Park

    An update on The Princeton
  3. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    Locked behind paywall. Is this article regarding the possibility of a third Universal Studios park or something else entirely? Since it's the OBJ, I expect it to be pure speculation and hype.
  4. Orlando Fashion Square [Renovation in Progress]

    I've read some articles on why the self-storage industry is booming. From what I got out of it is that people are just spending more on stuff, especially online where purchases tend to be more impulsive. House sizes are shrinking and more people are moving into apartments - they simply don't have as much the space to store all their junk in.
  5. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    I think it would be awesome if the following happened to International Drive, this is my dream scenario: - The City offers to buy up parts of each property along the road right up to the fronts of the buildings, making building edge to building edge part of the ROW -eliminate all front parking and consolidate parking into shared garages/rear lots -greatly reduce the amount of driveway cuts -keep a 2-lane configuration in each direction with a third bus-only lane in each direction -create a wide median in the middle, like the grand tree-lined boulevards that existed pre-interstates -place elevated light rail over the median -bike lanes and larger sidewalks -eliminate large tacky road signs in favor of more pedestrian-scaled signage -gradually fill in empty spots along I-Drive and create a proper street edge
  6. Uptown

    Yeah, that giant spur line would interfere with Ace, the line is drawn over the buildings as well as crossing directly over what is supposed to be Ace Cafe's "The Barn." I've thought about it too, building a spur there would work greatly for linking the potential OBX to Lynx Central Station. I imagine a tighter curve might be able to be worked in somehow, at the expense of demolishing just that substation currently there. A tighter curve that can accomodate commuter trains but would not be able to carry frieght trains, which require a larger curve radius. Chicago's EL, for instance, has some really tight curves that accommodate longer (and possibly heavier) subway trains than the typical locomotive and 2 coach cars of Sunrail. It could work. To get Amtrak to stop at Lynx Central station would require making a third rail line and extra platform at Lynx Central Station. The space is there, just a matter of buying extra ROW and possibly re-aligning the tracks. But then again, the distance between Amelia and Livingston streets may be too short to fit the length of an Amtrak Silver Meteor train.
  7. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    The thing about the express lanes, the "I-4 Ultimate" is that it is merely a phase 1 of a larger expansion to I-4. Won't be surprised if in the future, the entire I-4 corridor gets the toll lanes in the median. At the very least, it should go south all the way to Champions Gate, and north up to 472/Howland or even SR 44 in DeLand.
  8. Perhaps, but it would have been better to get some retail space on the first floor facing Central instead. Strictly speaking in terms of the first floor, it doesn't do a whole lot more for Central than what was there before - it's still a ground floor club with parking next to it, just this time around there's a tower on top of it. I'm curious as to what the street frontage would end up being along Central - worst case scenario is a largely inactivated first floor wall with just the club entrance. Pine and especially Rosalind see the biggest improvements on their street frontages.
  9. Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    I do suppose as I-4 Ultimate is finishing up in 4 or so years, they might put in a new mast arm. The extent of the I-4 work encompasses that interesection too.
  10. Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    Are all of the buildings on site to be demolished? Given that one of them is already 3 stories, it would be better if it got replaced by a 4-6 story building as opposed to another 3 story one. That's my only real complaint - it's not tall enough. At the very least, this proposal would (hopefully) solve the problem of the retaining walls currently around that site. Looking at the elevations, I wonder if the first floor entry on the corner would do a 45 degree cut. If they're trying to lure in CVS, then this might be likely the corner gets the cut.
  11. For 2504 S Orange they're going to tear it down and build a new McDonald's in the modern style. They've been doing this to a ton of their restaurants. No more tacky McDonald's roof from the 70s-80s and big sign up front, and I imagine the City will force them to be more urban and place the new restaurant right up to the sidewalk on Orange.
  12. Orlando Attractions Area News & Developments

    I don't think the residents of Tangelo Park would be pleased about Universal trying to develop the land north of them into another park. Then again, I've always found the location of that neighborhood rather odd, it's isolated from the rest of the suburbs with light industrial and warehouses surrounding it.
  13. Downtown Orlando Project Discussion

    I wouldn't get my hopes up too high. It might just be site work moving around some infrastructure and laying some pipes. At best maybe they intend to build out Pine Street through there and the plaza and leave the building footprints as grass lots/parking for the moment and wait for the buildings to come later - kind of like what exists near Crescent Central Station or in the DPAC plaza?
  14. Under i

    A town called Zaanstad near Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Highway interventions such as that are more common around the world, it's just kind of rare in the US.
  15. Under i

    The park can work, but we do need retail on Hughey and Garland. One disappointing thing is that the "bridge district" only goes from Church to Washington. It should go up to Amelia. With the new height they have planned, I was hoping that the blocks under I-4 from Washington to Concord would become 2-level garages or some other use with retail at the ends facing the cross streets, kind of like in this picture: Unfortunately, the Robinson, Livingston, and Amelia crossings will be retaining walls holding back dirt instead of a true viaduct that could be activated in the future. Not much different than the current situation.