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Parramore's Future: Highrise Development or No?

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2 hours ago, Kaz said:

I like the idea.  The massing may be a bit off with that one tall tower, but the rest makes sense.  They seem to be really trying to connect the development to the community as well.  It mentions that they want the hotel to be named in honor of Wells (You may know him as the namesake of the Wells Built Museum).

My only thoughts are that they should keep Jackson St. through the development and that the old church building on the corner of Terry and Church is preserved.  We'll regret getting rid of either of them in the long term.  If rail transit ever comes to Church St., it could act as the vehicular alternate route or vis versa.  That old church building is one of the remnants of Parramore's rich history that we should not soon forget.

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Hmmm- another "District." Everything used to be "(Something) Park." Was there a meeting about this? Maybe they thought they wouldn't have to keep as many trees in a District as in a Park.

Where was OBJ? Oh, the humanity!I'll expect a full report from Brendan on this conspiracy!

OK, I feel better now.

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I read somewhere long time ago that they want to make Church Street the main street of Orlando. I hope they have plan to eventually make this street pedestrain only ala Lincoln Road.

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21 minutes ago, sunshine said:

I read somewhere long time ago that they want to make Church Street the main street of Orlando. I hope they have plan to eventually make this street pedestrain only ala Lincoln Road.

It is pedestrian only west of Orange and east of I4 a lot of times.

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Is this for real...the City approved this?  I love it...and it kind of makes sense considering the Orlando Magic Entertainment Complex will be going up. This has the potential of a true destination if it happens.

I'm not sure who Tim Green is, but I looked up Urban America and they are a huge developer of major revitalization projects around he country...mostly in areas similar to Parramore.  Sounds like a solid foundation and if they have a multi-billion dollar private equity fund backing them...anything is possible. Something like this is badly needed if they want to truly transform Parramore...while still keeping a mixed income/race identity.

Kudos to the City and these developers if they make it happen!

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What is the latest on this "Green District"... will it come to fruition and change Parramore once and for all?  Did the City approve it and to what heights?

Sometimes I wish I lived during 1884 in Orlando...simple life, uncomplicated, clean slate...and it appears Parramore was still somebody's dream (or nightmare).

Can you find your "roots" in this depiction from the Florida Memory archives...???

Downtown_Orlando_1884.jpg

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Is anyone aware of the old apartments across the street from the new Pendana at West Lakes apartments currently being torn down? 

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"All these crazy ass kids from Ft Lauderdale running around in tank tops gettin' dropped off from ubers in these here wrong parts!"

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There were no real surprises in today's State of the City address. One new piece of information is that the Church Street District main street (presumably with a name change) will expand its boundaries to encompass a large portion of the CBD and Parramore. They have already started hiring for a position to help with the new territory. Presumably, this will be a boon to small businesses there, and help the owners thrive in the face of a changing neighborhood.  Organizers would be smart to look to Chicago's South Shore neighborhood as a model of success. 

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I don’t think this has been discussed before - possible 17-story high rise at Central and Division: 

Boca Raton developer David Hirschfeld also held a pre-application meeting with the city in July to share preliminary plans for a 17-story mixed-use tower in Parramore, at Central Boulevard and Division Avenue, across from the proposed Orlando Magic Sports & Entertainment District.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-bz-orlando-new-skyscrapers-20190805-ngelcsm57bb2lcgcj2623neuvq-story.html

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5 new "skyscrapers" which by the very title of the article shows the article is more slant than reality.

None of these buildings hit the current accepted height of 150M (492') for a skyscraper.  Two of them might hit the WWII era definition of 100M (328'), but none of them are even close to the 200M (656') future standard.

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1 hour ago, HankStrong said:

5 new "skyscrapers" which by the very title of the article shows the article is more slant than reality.

None of these buildings hit the current accepted height of 150M (492') for a skyscraper.  Two of them might hit the WWII era definition of 100M (328'), but none of them are even close to the 200M (656') future standard.

I think it’s pretty clear they mean skyscraper by Orlando’s standards. Anything about close to 200 feet+ is a skyscraper. 75-150 feet is a high-rise. Anything at the knees or under is considered low-rise.

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On 10/13/2018 at 8:57 AM, Closet_Urbanite said:

What is the latest on this "Green District"... will it come to fruition and change Parramore once and for all?  Did the City approve it and to what heights?

Sometimes I wish I lived during 1884 in Orlando...simple life, uncomplicated, clean slate...and it appears Parramore was still somebody's dream (or nightmare).

Can you find your "roots" in this depiction from the Florida Memory archives...???

Downtown_Orlando_1884.jpg

It drives me insane when people talk about the "good ol' days.' Those days were a nightmare and horribly complicated for a majority of the population.  

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50 minutes ago, RedStar25 said:

It drives me insane when people talk about the "good ol' days.' Those days were a nightmare and horribly complicated for a majority of the population.  

Indeed.  Walk around a cemetery from that era and just look at how young most of the dates are.

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