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  1. Tavistock is preparing to deliver yet another great addition to the town center. This office building is adjacent to the office building KPMG recently tookover, and in front of the DNA garage. Check out some renderings and more details below. No slowing down the development of Lake Nona and excited to see more well designed, and dense projectsin the near future. There have been talks around the community of more deep pocket investors interested in the community. So this could be a placeholder for disney or lure another big name company to the area. Lets see!!
  2. Exclusive: Tavistock picks Turner Construction to build Lake Nona office rumored for Disney Aug 27, 2021, 4:09pm EDT http://media.bizj.us/view/img/12085831/hq-b01*304xx2430-1620-285-0.jpg Tavistock Development Co. Construction on the future eight-story office building is expected to start in September 2021. Another big Orlando office project — with a major rumored tenant — is expected to kick off construction soon despite challenges the real estate sector has faced during the pandemic. Orlando-based Tavistock Dev
  3. Totally agree with you. Orlando’s brand is Disney. Downtown needs a strong vision and to brand itself outside of just the municipal center. For Orlando to be one of the most visited places in the world, downtown is losing its opportunity to capitalize on that notoriety by not offering a unique experience for residents and tourist. i would slightly disagree with the height priority for Orlando. Not saying it’s the number one priority as I think walkabity, better architecture and transportation are greater priorities for Orlando. But D.C. is unique in the fact that it is arguably the
  4. I agree the close proximity of single family neighborhoods to downtown makes Orlando very unique. But it’s also a drawback when you consider the very limited height restriction for downtown buildings. There is no where for urban development to expand since it can only go up so high vertically. Orlando would benefit greatly if there were a “midtown” area that could focus on cleaner, newer, modern urban development and focus on attracting high end consumers. It’s hard to mix the grit and current crowd of downtown with more sophisticated and cultured individuals who want an urban lifestyle but a
  5. Okay, in that case I completely agree with you and share the same sentiments! I try and use context when speaking about what is urban here. So I definitely don’t use urban in the context of global urbanism, I use it in the context of Central Florida urbanism. So I would never speak about Orlando or Lake Nona when I talk with friends and family in Miami, Atlanta or D.C. about real estate or urbanism I won’t disagree with you one bit on that point!
  6. nothing comes out as originally planned, but doesn't mean it lacks value. Lake Nona will be one of the largest life science clusters in the southeast. what is the gripe with this development that is nationally acclaimed by many others except the own residents of Orlando? You cannot name 5 other developments currently under construction bringing more value to the city than Lake Nona. Do you consider any development outside the city center urban? Or does a place have to be a pre-war neighborhood to be considered urban? im very curious...
  7. Couldn’t one make the same argument from the opposite side about the core of the city? Is downtown just as welcoming to heterosexual, right leaning, upper-class Christians? Does downtown cater to high end and luxury consumers? Diversity goes both ways. People naturally want to be around other like minded individuals, and there is nothing wrong with that. Historically the problem has been forcing people to live in on side of town versus the other. But people have the freedom to live anywhere they want. And if people of like minds naturally concentrate in one small area of town out of their free
  8. The last two are the Urban District/Greenlink (image below shows exact location) . Also, check out the link below for a fly-through of what the greenlink and urban district could look like. Loads of potential and if this gets executed I think many people will change their stance on Lake Nona being urban. https://www.halvr.com/greenlink
  9. Yes trust and believe I don't think Lake Nona is the prototype development but I do think its great considering what type of development central Florida is accustom to outside the city center. And I totally agree that narcoossee is a let down. But who knows, in 15 or 20 years that area could go through sprawl repair and we can see that shopping center turn into a mixed use development. The urban district is by far the most exciting area of lake nona and will be main focus of urbanism. The town center is limited to lower height restricts and cannot include any residential therefore it cann
  10. Lake Nona deserves more credit in the walkability department. As I mentioned before, a family can walk to restaurants/bars, hair salon/barber shop, offices/jobs, hospital/medical facilities, performance club, multiple parks, daycare, schools, coffee shops, and more. You cannot do this in 99% of suburbs across America. Also, once the street network of woonerfs are completed in the town center it will arguably one of the best pedestrian experiences in Orlando. There are three parking garages in Lake Nona town center and again, 99% of suburbs that may incorporate a "town center" in their developm
  11. Anxious to see what Disney does here. Seems like they want to compete with the villages. They surely have much space to work with in the Sunbridge area. Celebration 2.0 for the active adults???
  12. Excited to see more people living on I-Drive. This corridor has the potential to be a world class urban experience in the future and I hope it lives up to it (if it capitalizes on taller buildings and brings light rail to the corridor). While this projects pushes I-Drive in the right direction, I would love to see taller residential and mixed buildings (10+ stories at least, but to the scale of the Hyatt Regency is ideal). Outside of downtown I-Drive has the least amount of height restrictions within the region, they need to start capitalizing on this! This is prime real estate and I hate to
  13. Yes, it appears to be lighting surrounding the balcony. Its a very cool design feature. Adds to the colorful Orlando Skyline at night which is one of my favorite aspect of downtown. Bring more color in the sky!! Yes New York is the only place that comes to mind with a few buildings combining condos and office space. I'm sure investors and developers still have PTSD from the housing crash, but over 10 years without a new condo tower in downtown is pretty ridiculous. And they better keep building Class A office space downtown because if not, you know there is a beautiful, bra
  14. Interesting design. Glad they decided to incorporate residential into the use of this projects. Just wish they were condos!
  15. Agreed! Downtown desperately needs more condos. A desirable regional shopping/entertainment destination would be great. Kinda like a Brickell city center vibe. Or even a small themed district would be cool too, like a brewery district. I just hope to see something architecturally interesting built it the core.
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