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  1. No, I don't see this happening anytime soon, but per GS..."Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board unanimously approved the master plan for The Signature, a proposed 19-story mixed-use tower that will offer the city’s first large-scale co-living concept." This is the lot next to the Grande at Rosalind and South and a few of their residents were none too pleased. Approved at 182 living units and 14k commercial space. Interestingly, "Initially, the developer was going to seek a density bonus and parking reduction in exchange for making 20% of the units affordable workforce housing. They ultimately decided not to seek any bonuses." https://www.growthspotter.com/news/downtown-orlando-developments/gs-news-mpb-signature-tower-20210119-yanwqacbh5flhherc2tbg3jdc4-story.html
  2. SJ credits Mark B with breaking the story last week, but we here at UP knew about it 2 weeks ago.
  3. I agree. The permits do not say Greenwise, but I'm betting it will not be a standard Publix.
  4. Yes, take the elevator to the 18th floor. Lobby/ bar all in one. Staff said they lost a few dining chairs already from the wind. Had to weigh them down with sand. I thought the wind was fairly well blocked by the glass surround.
  5. For those looking for grocery choices. ALDI eyes College Park area for newest store Corner of JYP and Princeton. Not yet a done deal. https://www.growthspotter.com/news/retail-dining-developments/gs-news-college-park-aldi-20210115-jqkxxi4oojgdxotdpbazfqvlfm-story.html Remember, the developer recently said a Publix was going to be part of the Packing District project.
  6. OC is dusting off the old pans for the fancy pants pedestrian bridge at Sandlake and I-Drive. "the county released a request for proposals for the International Drive Pedestrian Overpass Intersection Analysis and Overpass Conceptual Design Study" https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2021/01/15/county-seeks-experts-for-this-major-i-drive-bridge.html
  7. @jrs2 we must have passed each other... Can't say I was overly impressed. The hotel lobby is tiny, the food menu is pretty unimpressive (unless there was a restaurant other than Skybar that I did not find) and even the view- for the most part- is not great. Most of the Skybar view looks SW and there is not a lot to see. However, you found the small space on the back of the patio that allows you to partially see downtown Orlando... good job. Overall, good business traveler hotel.
  8. AmIReal

    Orlando Transit

    For your reading pleasure... Metroplan 2045 Draft https://metroplanorlando.org/2045-mtp/whats-in-the-2045-plan/2045-draft-plan-virtual-tour/
  9. From Community Paper Some Orlando Urban Trail gaps to be filled The City of Orlando will pay up to $676,394.57 to fill in gaps in the Orlando Urban Trail. Most of the funds come from FDOT. Two gaps, one from the colonial overpass near N. Orange Avenue and Colonial Drive to Magnolia Avenue, the other gap from the intersection of Michigan Street and Division Avenue north to Anderson Street. Estimated to take 15 months to complete. https://www.yourcommunitypaper.com/articles/scooter-share-program-extended-orlando-urban-trail-gaps-to-be-filled-assisted-living-facility-approved-for-lake-copeland/ Also, Scooter share program extended with 6-1 vote
  10. I'm sure you're aware Orlando has already done this- quite some time ago- for commercial and residential properties. You can find it on their website.
  11. Publix has filed for permits for build out of the old Luck's space. The project name is Publix #1754. Per OBJ, "none of the permits connected to the project mention the store as a GreenWise Market" https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2020/11/20/confirmed-publix-to-build-out-new-store-in-sodo.html
  12. Shelby certainly was a force and no doubt still does well for his constituents, but at nearly 90 years old I don't think he has the influence he has had. Out of the five states on the short list (FL, AL, TX, NM, CO) it seems like a purely political decision would have favored FL or TX. Heck, Cruz of TX chairs the Science and Space Committee. Politico has a pretty good take on it- https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/13/colorado-lawmakers-space-command-headquarters-459066 Shelby, btw, chairs the appropriation committee... which is always useful.
  13. The category: American cities for 400 “The Magic Kingdom South, it was once known as Jernigan but got a name change in 1857 and a Wet ‘n Wild water park, a bit later.” https://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/tv/os-et-jeopardy-orlando-clue-ken-jennings-20210113-3ic7cvcxm5gyfb6cr6cv5nuyoe-story.html
  14. I don't really think it came down to political influence. Yes, Shelby in AL always carries his weight, but the other Senator was either Jones ( a 1-term Dem who just lost) or Tubberville (who was sworn in last week). I know political oriented people like to think all decisions revolve around politics, but sometimes good decision making takes place outside the political realm. Huntsville was likely the best option... all things considered.
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