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I think Lake Eola Park is one of the best urban parks in the country.  Today.  Haven't been to Orlando in 10 years or more and there is a lot more life downtown and around this park.  Great to see an

My friend grabbed some shots of downtown while flying into ORL. This one really shows how the I-4/408 interchange is coming along.  Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk

That was in the latest ARB report as well: http://www.cityoforlando.net/city-planning/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/03/ARB2017-10009reportMarch2018.pdf Here is the new rendering:  A

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Found another subtle clue mentioned in the Sentinel on Friday. The warehouse building that exploded last year is back in the news over a conflict with Dr. Phillips to save a wall mural. A building next door owned by Dr. Phillips Charities is being torn down, including a shared upper-level wall of the warehouse. The wall is a remnant interior wall from an upper level many years ago, however, it is now structurally supported by the DP building, so the guy doesn't have much of a case. At the end of the article it states: "Dr. Phillips plans to build something on the block, though plans have not yet been filed with the city."

 

So far, 2 of the 5 buildings owned by DP on that block are being demolished... the other 3 buildings don't seem to serve much purpose either so I hope they'll be demolished the future as well.

 

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Are there any new plans for the property??

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With more active threads being active on the front page of the Orlando forum, I figured it was time to unpin the archived Downtown Orlando project discussion. It still exists but you'd have to dig deep to find it, seeing as the last post in that thread was over a year ago. Here's a direct link to it for anybody interested in checking it out.

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The Lucerne development has been downsized. Tallest building only 132' now. Everything else about the same.

Everything else is not the same.  Yes, the residence has been downsized in height, but all those units have been moved to be above the street-side retail and eateries. Now, instead of Orange Ave being lined with one-story buildings, it has 6-story buildings right up to the street. The grocery store, instead of being stand alone, is now the bottom floor of a mixed use building.  The old plan looked very suburban with the one story street frontage.  The new plan looks far more urban, and in spite of the tower downsize, it has more up-side than the old plan.

 

The old plan looked better as viewed from I-4, but the new plan looks better as viewed from Orange Ave.  

 

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I went by late last week (about a week after the official groundbreaking). There were a few pickup trucks on the lot.  Maybe doing some surveying or something, but no dirt was being turned.

I ran past their site this morning and dirt is being turned.

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I understand that LYMMOs southern extension may begin with a phase down Orange to Gore and through the development and back north on Orange at Lucerne Circle in tandem with this development. Nice way to help close the mental gap that the 408 creates

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I think the past few years have been the years of large infill projects; some big money is currently evaluating some lots downtown. University Club will not be the only 30 story+ project that gets rolling this year. The apartment market downtown is quite appealing right now. It won't be as drastic as the condo boom in mid 2000's but things are looking up.

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Just a reminder, Ultimate I-4 begins construction soon. 

 

Any clue if it's a phased development, or are all portions being built at once?

 

All at once, with downtown taking the longest, per OBJ/FDOT:

 

The next notice to proceed is set to be issued in February, which will signal the start of construction. Work will begin on the entire 21 miles simultaneously, but the two ends of the project will finish earlier than the downtown area. The major reason for that is that extensive work will happen on the downtown-State Road, including the building of three or four new high-level bridges, which will take longer.
 

OBJ article: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2014/11/fdot-shares-new-i-4-ultimate-design-construction.html

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All at once, with downtown taking the longest, per OBJ/FDOT:

 

The next notice to proceed is set to be issued in February, which will signal the start of construction. Work will begin on the entire 21 miles simultaneously, but the two ends of the project will finish earlier than the downtown area. The major reason for that is that extensive work will happen on the downtown-State Road, including the building of three or four new high-level bridges, which will take longer.
 

OBJ article: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2014/11/fdot-shares-new-i-4-ultimate-design-construction.html

 

Is it three or is it four, OBJ?!

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I have a few questions about 3 uptown properties.

 

1)  The empty lot where Garland meets Orange.  I know it was considered contaminated and required and EPA scoped clean up.  Is there a plan in the pipeline to do so?

2)  The lot south of the urban trail, behind the old OUC power plant?  It's has the black iron fence around it.

3)  The old OUC plant/ballet building.  I'm all for keeping and restoring historical buildings, but only if they can be re-purposed, not if they only sit and crumble.

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Doesn't matter 3 or 4, you know they will come out with something else as soon as this is done. Probably deconstruct it and bury it underground for another bilions...

 

I just think that all this talk about two way Orange Ave, walkability.....we are still pouring money into I4, while the movement is toward removing highway or hide it. This is done in Boston, Dallas, St Louis...and in grand scale Tokyo, Seoul, Shnaghai....Now even Miami is moving toward removing highway.

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The Downtown Confidential mentioned the demolition of the building by the Southern Bank tower at orange and Robinson. The newsletter also mentioned that Dr Phillips is considering building a three story building with ground floor retail and two floors of offices. Any other information on this potential project?

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Hello, I am wanting to get back active on this forum now that it seems the real estate market is heating up. Is there a condensed list of renderings and project info anywhere where I can catch up quickly? I know there used to be a list on here with updated info. Thanks, in advance. 

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