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bic    75

FYI, demolition of the Days Inn on Sand Lake Road began a couple of days ago and nearly the entire structure has been razed to make way for The Rialto.

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bic    75

Competing centers for attention

Pointe Orlando and the Mercado unveil makeovers for the I-Drive properties.

By Jerry W. Jackson | Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted August 9, 2005

Pointe Orlando and the Mercado, competing retail centers on International Drive in south Orlando, are about to take different paths with multimillion-dollar makeovers.

Read More - Orlando Sentinel

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demon    6

Renderings from the article linked to above:

Renovated Pointe Orlando

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Source - Orlando Sentinel

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That's great. i'm a fan of Pointe Orlando, I usually goto their big screen to see any big release. I've always liked the design of the Mercado, but it felt it needed more unique shops.

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bic    75

Maybe it's just the great renderings, but I really love the Pointe Orlando makeover. It looks like it'll become a lot more pedestrian friendly and the increased traffic should put life back into those empty storefronts.

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bic    75

Not exactly urban development, but there was an article in the latest Orlando Business Journal about an innovative new roller coaster called Unicoaster being developed by Patent Labs off of Sand Lake Road. Apparently the first commercial unit will be opened in Central Florida in the spring of 2006. In the article it says that Patent Labs is "currently talking to several potential customers, including one themed restaurant and a family entertainment center -- but [they] prefer not to reveal who they are at this time. One of those local customers says the proposed design would completely encircle his building and swoop over part of the parking lot as well, adding a dramatic themed touch to the experience." This sure sounds like an I-Drive attraction to me.

Read the article in its entirety here.

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Jaybee    1

The Sheraton on Kirkman and I-Drive has master plan approval for a roller coaster that surrounds the building, to include restaurants and such. This could be the site.

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bic    75

Pointe Orlando to get new eatery

By Jerry W. Jackson | Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted August 12, 2005

The Pointe Orlando retail complex on International Drive will get a Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe & Emporium as part of a $40 million renovation, center representatives said Thursday.

Read More - Orlando Sentinel

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bic    75

^ The Capital Grille will be a huge draw for business travelers looking for some fine dining near the Convention Center. Great move by the people behind the Pointe to lure in this upscale eatery.

I'm really excited about the prossibility of this renovation creating a new and vibrant Pointe Orlando. :)

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JRS1    0

It was just yesterday it seems that they first opened it up w/ FAO and Marino's and A/X and Graham Central Station.

Good news. I went to Hooters on July 5 mid day and it was dead.

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firemick    1

Blue Rose Resort is on the September MPB agenda for Master Plan approval. The case address listed is 7499 Universal Blvd. And on a side note: North Orange Condos, Orlando City Place, 205 S. Eola, and The Collonades are all on there too.

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Chemmie    0

It was just yesterday it seems that they first opened it up w/ FAO and Marino's and A/X and Graham Central Station.

Good news.  I went to Hooters on July 5 mid day and it was dead.

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I lived in the Residence Inn located right next to Pointe Orlando for a month and walked my dogs every night around Pointe Orlando. It was always dead.

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JRS1    0

I think Pointe Orlando was in trouble b/c of so many new venues opening up right after it did.

After it opened, Citywalk opened; then the Cinemark at Festival Bay; then Disney Westside (or right before?); then Orlando Premium Outlets; then Festival Bay's 30 or so stores.

they do need to re-identify themselves.

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demon    6

I think Pointe Orlando opening itself up to pedestrians more is a good idea. People will actually be able to see inside and see what they offer.

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Chemmie    0

If you're familiar with Maggiano's Little Italy, you may be interested to know that there is a strong possibility of one opening up shop in Pointe Orlando after its $10 million renovation.

Here's a link to the Orlando Business Journal article.

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Oh boy.

I used to go to the original Maggiano's in Chicago, before they sold it off to be a chain. Though it has been dumbed down a little bit, and there are still some better places in Orlando, they have a few meals that I love. When living in Atlanta a couple years ago, I was shocked when I saw a Maggiano's and even more shocked to learned they had gone national. It was just like being back in Chicago.

Between Devaney's Pub, Maggiano's and Hot Dog Heaven, Chicago will have made it's way right into Orlando.

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otowner    0

Oh boy.

I used to go to the original Maggiano's in Chicago, before they sold it off to be a chain.  Though it has been dumbed down a little bit, and there are still some better places in Orlando, they have a few meals that I love.  When living in Atlanta a couple years ago, I was shocked when I saw a Maggiano's and even more shocked to learned they had gone national.  It was just like being back in Chicago.

Between Devaney's Pub, Maggiano's and Hot Dog Heaven, Chicago will have made it's way right into Orlando.

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Don't forget Giordano's, my friend.

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GRS328    19

Oh boy.

I used to go to the original Maggiano's in Chicago, before they sold it off to be a chain.  Though it has been dumbed down a little bit, and there are still some better places in Orlando, they have a few meals that I love.  When living in Atlanta a couple years ago, I was shocked when I saw a Maggiano's and even more shocked to learned they had gone national.  It was just like being back in Chicago.

Between Devaney's Pub, Maggiano's and Hot Dog Heaven, Chicago will have made it's way right into Orlando.

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Chemmie, are you a fellow Chicagoan???

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Chemmie    0

Chemmie, are you a fellow Chicagoan???

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I wouldn't necessarilly call me a Chicagoan, but I did live there for a short time and loved every second of it. I lived on the corner of Belmont and Seminary, a couple blocks down from The Vic Theater and only a few blocks away from Wrigley.

I moved around a lot as a child and the only thing that was always there was WGN and the Cubs. I guess somehow I became an honorary Chicagoan. I've lived in many big cities, Atlanta, D.C., Philly, Chicago, Jacksonville and Orlando and with the exception of Orlando, Chicago is my second home.

I've found a ton of Chicago connections here in Orlando. And as I mentioned, Devaney's Pub, on the corner of University Blvd. and Goldenrod., is just like being back in Chicago. They have a beef sandwich that rivals any in Chicagoland.

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bic    75

Kissimmee water park is sold, will close Sept. 5

Danielle De Pari | Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted August 26, 2005

Link to Orlando Sentinel Article

Summary

The Watermania waterpark across from Celebration has been purchased by an undisclosed individual and will be shutting its doors this coming Labor Day. Vice president and co-owner Randy Larson says that the waterpark was not for sale, but rather Watermania was approached by buyers back in January. Watermania officials are not revealing what the new buyers plan to do with the property.

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Kissimmee water park is sold, will close Sept. 5

Danielle De Pari | Sentinel Staff Writer

Posted August 26, 2005

Link to Orlando Sentinel Article

Summary

The Watermania waterpark across from Celebration has been purchased by an undisclosed individual and will be shutting its doors this coming Labor Day. Vice president and co-owner Randy Larson says that the waterpark was not for sale, but rather Watermania was approached by buyers back in January. Watermania officials are not revealing what the new buyers plan to do with the property.

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This is interesting.... I"m curious who bought this property. I know Gaylord Palms is planning a convention expansion and there was the long rumor that Four Seasons was building in Celebration, perhaps they bought the land. Interesting.

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UPSDAN    17

FYI....Shingle Creek Resort is pretty close to being topped off, I'll try and get some pics. Its not very tall but still looks huge....

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