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About dcluley98

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  1. Just Wow

    I used to go to both, but I frequent UP only now just for the 7-11 jokes.
  2. X Orlando | Three-tower Residential [Proposed]

    Gibby has been ignoring all this drama and speculatory pontification. . . note to self. . . be more like gibby. . .
  3. I4 - Beyond the Ultimate [Pre-construction]

    To be less of a barrier on a walking level. The idea is to connect everything again with the Under-I as a catalyst, and the sports venues, MEC, and Creative Village as the drawing factor. I like the general idea and the overall plan, although it seems to be gentrification of the Parramore and Callahan areas with a bias toward moneyed interests as opposed to people who actually live in the area and the future of the residents or students.
  4. Creative Village [Proposed]

    Likely smaller SF units too, along the student dorm/affordable housing type plan. I don't expect it to be that tall. Nice to have some more retail in the area though eventually.
  5. X Orlando | Three-tower Residential [Proposed]

    No, they can't. Access to garages is along that street. If this developer were smart, they would keep more greenspace/pedestrian space and/or a plaza that lines up to the Central Station and the courthouse instead of filling all of the ground with a giant absolutely unapproachable parking garage. (as Alex has adeptly shown above). This is a very poor design. Better to go taller and tie into the local traffic creators of the future for a property this important next to our supposed central transit station. I would hope that they can see this and the ARB can force them into more meaningful design to think about multi-transit, pedestrian, bike, and street-level design as opposed to a giant, ugly, parking garage, car-oriented monstrosity. Also, they are designing to Orange and Livingston, but completely ignoring the west side that abuts our Central Station and I-4, which are two gateways of our city. They should be designing toward that perspective as well and toward the future as opposed to designing with an over-emphasis on Orange. Open it up and look at the future possibilities of transit and of the Creative Village on the other side. I would actually prefer a pedestrian collonade and plaza next to the street and bus-loop along Livingston for the connection of the transit, Creative Village, and recently proposed Radius and perhaps redeveloped Travelodge. Would do wonders for the area and really be a connector to our CBD with actual transit options and walkable areas in close proximity to Lake Eola. And put another Grocery store or a Drugstore or an Urban Target/Walmart there! So much Win available. This site has some of the most important alternative transportation factors in all of downtown, given its proximity to SunRail, Gertrude's walk/OUT, Creative Village, Lymmo, the Under-I and Lynx Central itself. I am hoping for a complete redesign with taller towers, 2 phases, less parking garage, and a plaza around either the central alley that connects Lynx Central to the Courthouse or along Livingston to tie into the Creative Village via Under-I and the bike lanes to the east. This is a very important site and I hope they do it right eventually!
  6. Economic Development

    $13.43 an hour ends up being about $24,330 Annually after taxes or about $2,027 a month. Average rent for a 1 bedroom in Orlando is $1362. If you can't work it out with a roommate and have to have a car to get to work, it is NOT going to be a very happy existence. (Yes I know we have public transportation for that, but it isn't easy or convenient for a lot of things).
  7. Creative Village [Proposed]

    Mill Creek Residential Trust (Developer of Modera) just bought property with plans for a new 250- to 300-unit complex with ground-floor commercial space in the middle of Creative Village.
  8. Radius | 13-Story Residential [Proposed]

    That's what I was thinking too, Smileguy. I think the ARB comments mentioned more glass on the ground floor there as well.
  9. What are your top three cities?

    SanFran, Toronto, Asheville. Although it is pretty subjective.
  10. X Orlando | Three-tower Residential [Proposed]

    Perhaps because they are building X Las Olas at once, their balance sheet has diminished and they are relying upon success of other projects and goodwill to try to get financing for new projects.
  11. X Orlando | Three-tower Residential [Proposed]

    They can do any number of things to make the towers look better. I am more concerned about the giant podium with awful human scale (and even worse initial art) and the phased nature of the design. It seems like they went at this from a money standpoint as in we can do this much at first, this much if that works, and then finally, finish with this, hence the 3 towers of successively taller towers and giant base, without a lot of variety. Developer is driving this based upon money available and grandiose plans. Needs to be driven by a design team in order to be successful. I don't think they have the money to do the whole thing from what I have seen so far.
  12. X Orlando | Three-tower Residential [Proposed]

    They changed quite a bit, and got a lot of "nice try, but" from the ARB. Some highlights include: Comments on the massive bulk of the podium, comments on ill-conceived "green walls", comments on some downright horrific mural art renderings on the podium, comments on lack of distinctive architecture and cohesiveness including: "Skyline Architecture – The proposed “wings” on the top of each tower are becoming an overused element in the Orlando skyline. Currently there are two new projects in close vicinity to the X Orlando project that have been approved with the rooftop wings and several existing buildings, such as The Vue and Florida Hospital in the skyline that already utilize them. Staff encourages the design team to continue to exam their skyline architecture and to develop a distinctive treatment that will make the X Orlando project a uique skyline feature. The skyline architecture should include decorative lighting and also address the views from the west as strongly as it addresses the views from the east." ARB is doing their job and making them redesign it significantly. We will see a better design for this in the future. http://www.cityoforlando.net/city-planning/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/04/ARB2018-10011report.pdf
  13. Radius | 13-Story Residential [Proposed]

    I like the new design better. Of note, the glass "spire" element that runs along the length of the building. The board commented: "Rosalind Vista Terminus – The proposed design of the south façade treatment that terminates the long vista to the north on Rosalind Avenue is distinctive and will make this façade a memorable terminus. The architectural element must include a lighting element that helps the façade glow at night." Same for other side. . . so we will be getting a lighted glass element, perhaps with some changing or movement like they did on the Vue. The garage still looks weird to me. They put all that brick on the garage still and didn't cover any of the openings even when the rest of the design got more modern. I don't know what they are trying to do there. The other streetscapes will be a nice upgrade.
  14. Excavation and forming of the foundation on the north side of Colonial has begun. You can see temporary shear wall to support the SunRail track. Pretty cool when train goes by that close. Also, main pillar getting finished in the background and Creative Village tower crane off in the distance.
  15. There are really 5 main factors that determine building height: Economics (Supply and demand, ROI, etc) Laws/Codes/Zoning Logistics/Synergy Geography/Existing Conditions Ego/Attention I would say Orlando doesn't rank very high on any of those factors, which is why we don't see many tall buildings.