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Reported on WFTV News yesterday evening...

They are preparing to break ground on a new office building at Summerlin & South.

To be known as the GAI Building, named after it's anchor tenant GAI Consulting.

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http://www.gaibuilding.com/

now that's what I'm talkin about!

that building will be the farthest east (along with Thornton Park Central) from the CBD. This will really add to the "row" of offices along South and help build up that corridor. I think B&G is doing it;

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Reported on WFTV News yesterday evening...

They are preparing to break ground on a new office building at Summerlin & South.

To be known as the GAI Building, named after it's anchor tenant GAI Consulting.

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http://www.gaibuilding.com/

I saw that too. I liked how wftv had to throw in that it was next to their studio. What's the local news without a little self promotion.

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Not a headline; More so an updated U/C list for the entire metro-- off the top of my head:

1. Events Center

2. Firehouse 1

3. Village at Lake Lilly

4. Peabody #2

5. Hilton OCCC

6. Waldorf/Hilton

7. Bonnett Creek (Wyndham?) (2)

8. Hilton Grand Vacations (2)

9. Hotel? I-Drive & CFPkwy

10. Fla. Mall Expansion

11. Darden- HQ

12. Grand Lakes Resort-- Timeshares

13. ORHS-- Parking structure

14. Burnham

15. VA

16. UCF Med School

17. Retail Mixed Use (I-Drive & Westwood)

18. Lake Eve Resort

19. Dis. CHildren's Hosp.-- FH South

20. OIA- Airside 3 Renovation

21. Retail (I-Drive-- north of Pointe Orl.)

22. Dellagio

23. Hotel- 4 star- 46A at Heathrow

24. Mixed use- I-4 near Lk. M. Blvd.

25. Hotel- 3 star- Lk. M. Blvd.

26. Office- Phase I-- Maitland Blvd.

27. Office- Col. Town Park (46A)

28. Mixed Use (DT Kissimmee)

29. Contemporary Hotel #2

30. Residential- Gore & Westmoreland

31. Millenia- Last Call plaza

32. Millenia Lakes #1

33. Millenia- Aston Martin Dealership

34. Sea World- Manta

35. Universal- Harry Potter

36. Universal- Hollywood Rocket

37. GAI-- depending on if they really are U/C

38. 55W-- will be U/C until they sign a hotel or finish buildout

incomplete list; also does not include road projects; please add more

Of note, not a bad list notwithstanding the downturn in the economy. Meanwhile, we had a new chain enter CFLA this past year, Aldi; I've seen several locations throughout the metro already.

As for Roadwork, here's a list:

1. Fla. TNPK-- widening, I-4 to Buleah Rd. by 429.

2. Rouse Rd.- widening, 408 to University.

3. SR 50/436 Interchange, & widening from 436 to 417

4. 408-- widening, Crystal Lake Dr. to Goldenrod.

5. Avalon Pkwy-- extension, Alafaya to 528

6. 17/92-- improvements (lights/paving/lanes), Maitland Blvd. north into Fern Park

isn't there more stuff?

Edited by JRS1

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Maitland Blvd. extension to the Greeneway opening fall 2009.

! When did they start bulding that?!?!! I knew they were extending to the west from 441 to the Western Expressway, but I didn't know they were also going east to the Greeneway! I would have assumed that would be a right of way aquision nightmare.

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! When did they start bulding that?!?!! I knew they were extending to the west from 441 to the Western Expressway, but I didn't know they were also going east to the Greeneway! I would have assumed that would be a right of way aquision nightmare.

Whoops! I meant the western beltway. I call the whole thing the Greeneway.

Maitland Blvd. can never be built to the Eastern part of the beltway. Even though that would be a nice crosstown expressway for the North side of town. That area has been developed for decades and there are too many lakes in the way. There aren't any corridores, it just will not happen.

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^^

How did I forget that little construction project?

what a great addition to the highway network; if you're going to northern Lake Co. from downtown, this makes for a good alternative route to 441/436 ala Maitland Blvd. But, you still have the streetlights between 441 and I-4 on 414. What this really does is save downtown Apopka from the trucking traffic emanating or ending up on southern 441 (south of Apopka). But I can tell you that I used to drive up 436 to Tavares during rush hour and there is a huge bottleneck in downtown Apopka... and I used to do this from Casselberry near Howell Branch & 436. If they had this extension back then, I would've been lovin it.

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Has anyone seen downtown Kissimmee lately? I made it a point to take a swing through Kissimmee during the holidays and I couldn't believe my eyes. Downtown Kissimmee has completely transformed-the City Centre project is an impressive infill that will become a natural extension of the commuter rail transit stop. Way to go Kissimmee for proactively planning ahead. In addition, dozens of buildings in and around downtown have been given a face light. A step in the right direction for sure.

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yeah, Kissimmee is the little city that could. They do a lot of good things down there, especially in the downtown. there's so much more to Kissimmee than 192. The commuter rail transit stop is planned to be multi-modal and will be a pretty significant one. they've worked hard to get the funding in place for it. They're also doing a pretty good job partnering with the County to build the shingle creek trail.

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for those impressed with downtown Kissimmee, check out downtown WInter Garden. for those who haven't been there before, it is not on Colonial Drive nor is it Fowler's Grove.

I can't wait to see that multi-use project down there as well.

Regarding the TNPK widening, apparently, the widening will go farther west than Buleah Rd. (which is just west of 429), b/c they are going to reconstruct the overpass for Wintergarden Vineland Rd./ 535 which is a mile west of there.

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It appears that Kissimmee has set itself up to be one of the "destination" stops along the new commuter line along with downtown Orlando and Winter Park. The others will be a bit too suburban, at first.

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for those impressed with downtown Kissimmee, check out downtown WInter Garden. for those who haven't been there before, it is not on Colonial Drive nor is it Fowler's Grove.

Ride the west orange trail. You'll run ride through it. You won't be disappointed.

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Ride the west orange trail. You'll run ride through it. You won't be disappointed.

It might be the best part of the trail.

Orlando was just ranked 4th (up one spot from last year) on Forbes list of the most wired US cities.

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For roadwork there is also the widening of Conway from the bee-line to Harden.

it needs it. BTW, do you remember Conway Rd. before it was widened from Lake Underhill to Hoffner? it was like no man's land...

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Jimmy John's is almost open in the former Rythm and Flow site.

ohh nice! i was wondering who was going to occupy that awesome location! ive seen a few of these pop up around town, but have yet to step in...has anyone been any good?

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^^

boy does that suck... especially for Forbes Cos. & Millenia. I pray that other retailers of the high end type do not follow suit. otherwise, we'll be left with nothing but Sears and Wal-Marts.

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