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6 hours ago, orlandoguy said:

I realize this is one of those buildings downtown that I’ve never taken the time to look at. For a long time I thought it was part of (the former) SunTrust tower, lol.

Interesting idea, I wish them well if it moves forward.

If you see pre 1980s photos of Orlando its much more obvious that this is the old Sunbank building dressed up after SunBank tower was built.

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25 minutes ago, codypet said:

Weren't those murals typically either an artist just doing them, or the protesters themselves.  Seems odd that the City is doing it instead.

I don't think so. Most of the big ones, at least since DC, have been done by cities.

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3 hours ago, codypet said:

Weren't those murals typically either an artist just doing them, or the protesters themselves.  Seems odd that the City is doing it instead.

I think it's a collaboration between city and advocacy groups, fox news updated their article to explain it a bit more. Apparently volunteers/residents are welcome to join: https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/black-lives-matter-mural-to-be-painted-in-downtown-orlando-friday-morning

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2 hours ago, codypet said:

We all knew this here, but Wahlburger's is officially done.

Even though the signs were there, the closure still seems abrupt to me. I wish Wahlburgers would have given customers a heads up - one last day or weekend to order off the menu. I never got around to trying their food... and I'm not driving to Waterford Lakes when I didn't even walk to their downtown location.

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Even though the signs were there, the closure still seems abrupt to me. I wish Wahlburgers would have given customers a heads up - one last day or weekend to order off the menu. I never got around to trying their food... and I'm not driving to Waterford Lakes when I didn't even walk to their downtown location.

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Just now, orlandoguy said:


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Yeah I didn't think so, but Wahlburgers served a purpose and was sort of a destination for visitors. IMO, chain restaurants are pretty standard within downtown cores and yet we don't even have a frigging McDonald's lol. Still waiting for that Taco Bell Cantina to open...

No more Urban Flats, Panera, Tijuana Flats, Wahlburgers... ugh.

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11 hours ago, nite owℓ said:

I think it's a collaboration between city and advocacy groups, fox news updated their article to explain it a bit more. Apparently volunteers/residents are welcome to join: https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/black-lives-matter-mural-to-be-painted-in-downtown-orlando-friday-morning

Someone uploaded a picture on FB of the mural, not sure if the pic was taken before or after the rain:

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I thought it would be a community thing and I thought the mural would have been more "muraly" but when I stopped by this morning I just saw a bunch of city workers with a spray machine and rubber edging mats so I'm not sure how the general public would've had the opportunity to chip in. Always interesting to see city construction workers do work that is usually commissioned by creative types (bandshell, SoDo crosswalks, etc)  lol.

 

I was hoping for something more like this:

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So not to be a debbie downer, but one of the reasons Orlando didn't put rainbow crosswalks on Orange down by Pulse was FDOT warned the City that if that happened, it would be repainted because the paint didn't meet MUTCD requirements.   Is the City doing this on Rosalind not realizing FDOT might take the same stance since its 527 NB?  The Orange Sodo Crosswalks are apparently a color that's allowed.

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8 hours ago, nite owℓ said:

IMO, chain restaurants are pretty standard within downtown cores and yet we don't even have a frigging McDonald's lol. Still waiting for that Taco Bell Cantina to open...

No more Urban Flats, Panera, Tijuana Flats, Wahlburgers... ugh.

Had it all back in tha day!   Even the short lived Mickey D's, then swapped to a BK!

Hooters, Fridays, Olive Garden, Jungle Jim's, UNO, yada yada yada. Anywho.

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6 hours ago, codypet said:

So not to be a debbie downer, but one of the reasons Orlando didn't put rainbow crosswalks on Orange down by Pulse was FDOT warned the City that if that happened, it would be repainted because the paint didn't meet MUTCD requirements.   Is the City doing this on Rosalind not realizing FDOT might take the same stance since its 527 NB?  The Orange Sodo Crosswalks are apparently a color that's allowed.

I remembered that too, but it was mentioned on the news that the city owns this portion of Rosalind which is how Mayor Dyer was able to approve the mural. In the end, the rainbow bandshell was a bigger "win" for the LGBT community, greater visibility and tastefully done - almost like a perfect match with the way it turned out. TBH I'm not really a fan of street murals unless they are temporary, I just don't think they age well in high traffic areas.

And already, the BLM mural has been defaced, "Not enough, defund police, etc." but nothing racist... yet.

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Per the OBJ:

  • The Trophy Room (owned by Michael Jordan's son) — has officially signed a 10-year lease agreement with Modera (We already knew this was in the works, but it's interesting to see the pandemic has not affected his decision)
  • Maki Hibachi restaurant signed a 10 year lease in the new neighborhood storage center on Magnolia and Colonial
  • Eat The Frog fitness signed a 10 year lease in Novel Lucerne (the commercial unit with Main Lane address - not the Earth Fare space)

https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2020/06/26/michael-jordan-themed-store-done-deal-downtown.html?iana=hpmvp_orl_news_headline

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9 hours ago, jgardnerucf said:

Had it all back in tha day!   Even the short lived Mickey D's, then swapped to a BK!

Hooters, Fridays, Olive Garden, Jungle Jim's, UNO, yada yada yada. Anywho.

I don't remember any McD's ever being downtown or at the former BK.

I remember the BK very well because the company I worked for at the time, did some work for them prior to its opening. 

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3 hours ago, nite owℓ said:

Per the OBJ:

  • The Trophy Room (owned by Michael Jordan's son) — has officially signed a 10-year lease agreement with Modera (We already knew this was in the works, but it's interesting to see the pandemic has not affected his decision)
  • Maki Hibachi restaurant signed a 10 year lease in the new neighborhood storage center on Magnolia and Colonial
  • Eat The Frog fitness signed a 10 year lease in Novel Lucerne (the commercial unit with Main Lane address - not the Earth Fare space)

https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2020/06/26/michael-jordan-themed-store-done-deal-downtown.html?iana=hpmvp_orl_news_headline

Heard Marcus was getting crazy high bids from contractors because they assume he will just pay whatever.

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18 hours ago, codypet said:

So not to be a debbie downer, but one of the reasons Orlando didn't put rainbow crosswalks on Orange down by Pulse was FDOT warned the City that if that happened, it would be repainted because the paint didn't meet MUTCD requirements.   Is the City doing this on Rosalind not realizing FDOT might take the same stance since its 527 NB?  The Orange Sodo Crosswalks are apparently a color that's allowed.


the FDOT/City road thing is a sham.  It’s only used to stall projects whether it’s paint, food trucks or micro mobility 

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5 hours ago, popsiclebrandon said:

Heard Marcus was getting crazy high bids from contractors because they assume he will just pay whatever.

I wonder if their crazy high bids will also reflect their crazy high workmanship?? I guess he should find a way to conceal his identity, the same way buyers like the city will send another entity to buy property while trying to discretely assemble parcels of land. I would think he would already have a few trustworthy contractors in his back pocket to avoid situations like this.

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