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Thanks for those.  They’re not bad looking for a nondescript building (even if it does have an interesting history I hope is not ignored).

I do wonder how many versions we’re gonna get, though, before something sticks.

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1 hour ago, ucfpatriot18 said:

500 N orange renderings. 

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What?  A Baker Design with no Visor?   Also this looks like something in Lake Mary, but hell I'll take it considering its a building that's not coming down and it would activate that block.  Also I expect the City to scoff at the garage again despite the Courthouse having a similar style garage.

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23 hours ago, spenser1058 said:

I do wonder how many versions we’re gonna get, though, before something sticks.

I can't imagine an update that gets VE'd further.  This is about as plain as it gets, it's gotta be what we end up with.

I'm disappointed they didn't stick with the previous plan.

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37 minutes ago, elefants said:

I can't imagine an update that gets VE'd further.  This is about as plain as it gets, it's gotta be what we end up with.

I'm disappointed they didn't stick with the previous plan.

What happened to the GSE?

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On 3/29/2021 at 8:50 PM, codypet said:

Also I expect the City to scoff at the garage again despite the Courthouse having a similar style garage.

Good call...

City board pans design of new parking garage on N. Orange Avenue

https://www.growthspotter.com/news/downtown-orlando-developments/gs-news-arb-wssa-20210416-tuu2hotc2bff5kdqsl4b4et65a-story.html

"Orlando’s Appearance Review Board praised the latest redesign of the former AT&T building at 500 N. Orange Ave., but the developer’s request to build a bunker-like parking garage on the vacant lot next door drew a different reaction."... “I find this garage overwhelming,”... " It feels like it’s swallowing the street” 

The article says the building is leased to a gov't agency dealing with immigration and security is an added layer to design- one of the reasons street level retail was eliminated.  

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On 3/30/2021 at 6:45 PM, JFW657 said:

That's about as plain as Jane gets.

It got Orlando'd. 

Basic Barrios strikes again.

Hopefully the ARB sends Baker Barrios back to the drawing board:

ARB Chairman Patrick Panza asked Baker Barrios to come up with options to address the “sheer unbrokenness of that pedestrian experience” for virtually the entire block between Amelia and Concord streets. “There’s a lot of frontage where there’s essentially nothing going on, and I think that that’s problematic for the location of this building,” Panza said. “Of course we’re gonna have to be sensitive to the use of the building — that’s a reality. But I think there needs to be some more effort put in here.” He also requested additional views that would show the garage as it abuts the former Firestone building, a historic landmark building that recently reopened as The Vanguard music venue.

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Honestly if the agency needs to be that secure, they can go to the burbs.  It’s called a LULU (locally unwanted land use) and we wouldn’t want a power plant, prison or scrap yard downtown unless they can conform to code.  Especially for a tenant lease!

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1 hour ago, Jernigan said:

Honestly if the agency needs to be that secure, they can go to the burbs.  It’s called a LULU (locally unwanted land use) and we wouldn’t want a power plant, prison or scrap yard downtown unless they can conform to code.  Especially for a tenant lease!

Disagree.  As far as I'm concerned, the more office workers downtown the better and that building has gone without a tenant forever.  If they added a sort of art installation on the ground level of the parking garage, say some display cases with rotating local art or even stuff from OMA to act as a sort of advertisement, I think it would be just fine.

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A commercial space can be built completely self-contained without any access into the main building, so I don't understand what their security issue is. The gov agency should have to compromise if they want to be located in an urban area on the main drag or maybe they can take over the vacant floors in Suntrust/BofA towers. The last thing we need is another non-activated block similar to the other AT&T building. Sure, getting more office workers in the CBD is nice -- but other than going out for lunch, the office workers don't linger downtown very long and they tend to get the hell out of dodge when the office closes. Also, I'm not sure what's so special about preserving this building as it is a non-contributing structure, I'd much rather see a residential highrise there in the future.

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On 8/5/2020 at 7:46 AM, spenser1058 said:

The Great Greek coming to Skyhouse:

https://www.thedailycity.com/news
 

From The Daily City 

Good to see something a tad different over there.

 They're finally here!  :tw_love:

They opened April 12th... I've been a couple times already and tried several items on the menu. They will become one of my go-to restaurants and hopefully they get enough business to stay open (they seemed very busy during lunch a few days ago).

According to the Orlando Weekly, their grand opening will be this Sunday 4/19/21 with prizes and other enticements: https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2021/04/13/great-greek-mediterranean-grill-opens-new-location-in-downtown-orlando?mc_cid=6bddf37bee&mc_eid=7576e8cdd7

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@spenser1058 It sounds like you'll be getting a Great Greek Mediterranean Grill in your neck of the woods too: https://www.jacksonville.com/story/entertainment/dining/2021/04/15/great-greek-mediterranean-grill-plans-first-jacksonville-restaurant-st-johns/7135946002/

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I hope this lasts long enough for the apartments and hotel across the street to open up. 

This is a really ODD space for a restaurant. It is one of the reasons why I predicted the previous iterations to fail despite pretty good food. (Bowl place after the pizza place)

Really odd space and probably upkeep costs, though that may be mitigated with the recent vacancy. Maybe the owner charging less for rent just to keep a tenant now. 

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On 4/18/2021 at 4:16 PM, nite owℓ said:

 They're finally here!  :tw_love:

They opened April 12th... I've been a couple times already and tried several items on the menu. They will become one of my go-to restaurants and hopefully they get enough business to stay open (they seemed very busy during lunch a few days ago).

went yesterday with some co-workers, i tried the gyro with chicken and side of fries.. and it was pretty good:tw_star: 

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2 hours ago, W7edwin said:

went yesterday with some co-workers, i tried the gyro with chicken and side of fries.. and it was pretty good:tw_star: 

Curious, do you guys work downtown? I liked the falafel pita - not much of a meat eater myself although the traditional gyro was pretty good.

On 4/18/2021 at 6:23 PM, dcluley98 said:

I hope this lasts long enough for the apartments and hotel across the street to open up. 

This is a really ODD space for a restaurant. It is one of the reasons why I predicted the previous iterations to fail despite pretty good food. (Bowl place after the pizza place)

Really odd space and probably upkeep costs, though that may be mitigated with the recent vacancy. Maybe the owner charging less for rent just to keep a tenant now. 

I like the odd space because since it's not directly on Rosalind Ave, you can sit outside on the patio and have a peaceful meal and not bear the full brunt of traffic. Also, they have so many convenient parking spaces nearby on the Magnolia cul-de-sac (https://goo.gl/maps/VP8mvhKcJKbFrznq8) which makes getting in & out a breeze for people who don't live in the area who drive to get there.

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5 hours ago, nite owℓ said:

I like the odd space because since it's not directly on Rosalind Ave, you can sit outside on the patio and have a peaceful meal and not bear the full brunt of traffic. Also, they have so many convenient parking spaces nearby on the Magnolia cul-de-sac (https://goo.gl/maps/VP8mvhKcJKbFrznq8) which makes getting in & out a breeze for people who don't live in the area who drive to get there.

Couple things...They took some spots out to make food truck parking.  Has a food truck ever posted up there?   Also how is sitting outside with all the homeless there?  Is it a problem being harassed while eating?

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9 minutes ago, codypet said:

Couple things...They took some spots out to make food truck parking.  Has a food truck ever posted up there?   Also how is sitting outside with all the homeless there?  Is it a problem being harassed while eating?

I haven't seen any homeless people hanging out around there while they've been open. Usually quite a few patrons are already sitting outside. I've only been twice though...

I had no idea parking spaces were removed for food trucks... that's interesting. Where would they park? I don't live at Skyhouse so maybe someone else might know more about it.

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7 hours ago, nite owℓ said:

Curious, do you guys work downtown? I liked the falafel pita - not much of a meat eater myself although the traditional gyro was pretty good.

Yep I started an internship in February so I've been discovering the eateries around here thanks to my coworkers lol. I tried the Super Rico Colombian Bistro on W Central Blvd  and already tried Tacos El Rancho on n Orange  

 

its hard for me to try new things cz im indecisive so I chose the chicken gyro to call it safe so I was surprised at how good it was 

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15 hours ago, nite owℓ said:

I had no idea parking spaces were removed for food trucks... that's interesting. Where would they park? I don't live at Skyhouse so maybe someone else might know more about it.

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These 4 spaces are now for food trucks only.  I don't think there's any to go parking, but you pretty much can stand for like 10 mins on Palmetto in front of Skyhouse and people don't give you too hard a time.  When Rukus has a class, finding parking is a little tough though.

 

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I haven't seen a food truck parked there yet, but would make a bit more sense now with the courthouse, skyhouse, hotel, and radius. For a while there in the pandemic, it was just the subway still open.  I think the greek restaurant will have more chance of success with more potential customers coming in on this stretch of Livingston! 

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