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I wish this was: A concert garden




This vacant commercial lot across from the Thornton Park Dexters [Gmap], has been vacant for years.

It’s prime real estate (OCPA Info) that the owner has been holding onto like a covetous old sinner (a la Scrooge in A Christmas Carol) and won’t likely let go of in the near future.

That being said, we would still love to see it transformed into an open communal space that the residents and Thornton Park visitors could take advantage of. We suggest transforming the lot into a community garden with a stage, a “Concert Garden” if you will.

Take down the fence, replace it with something artistic (we put in a hand-carved folk art wood fence), a hippy-dippy riser for live music, lots of plants and some lights to make it safe at night. Done. That empty wall to the right would look great with a mural, perhaps something a little less street and a little more “bluesy” by local artist Ken Pease (Website).

While we’re at it, we think it wouldn’t hurt to add a bar/lounge to the laundromat next door. Just move the building forward a bit and halve the suspiciously deep parking spaces out in front.  A good name would be “Buds ‘n’ Suds”. You’re welcome.

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Top ten things you need to know this week,

Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news.
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  1. We launched two new features this week at the Bungalower; I Wish This Was and Crane Watch.
  2. Miami-inspired italian restaurant and cafe Segrafredo opens in Mills Park.
  3. New restaurant to open in Zilly Bee Cafe space downtown.
  4. Orlando Dragon Parade moves up the street from Mills 50 to Orlando Fashion Square Mall.
  5. Ferg’s Depot to finally open in Church Street Train Depot.
  6. The Morse Museum allowed Orlando Sentinel to take some photos of their growing neon sign collection.
  7. Snap!Space to light 75-year old Cameo Theater sign at their one-year anniversary party.
  8. City unveils plans for a new $41.3M school in Parramore.
  9. The Orlando Economic Development Commission has launched a regional branding campaign to entice new businesses to relocate to Orlando.
  10. Local party gurus Body//Talk released a roundup of hipster-relevant “dope” things/places in Orlando.
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Coalition for the Homeless holds grand opening celebration for their new Men’s Service Center


Mayor Buddy Dyer will be in attendance at the grand opening of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida’s Men’s Service Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. They ask that you sign up by email at [email protected] if you plan on attending.

The new Men’s Service Center (Website) can house up to 250 individuals and will offer homeless men key services and the support they need to achieve a better quality of life.

Studies show that single men are often the most underserved segment of the homeless population. The Center will offer case management services including substance abuse recovery, counseling, education and job skills training, as well as dormitory-style accommodations for men in need.

For more information on the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida [Gmap], click HERE.

Event Pick: Segafredo Grand Opening this weekend

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SPONSORED: Segafredo Italian cafe, restaurant, and lounge (Facebook | Website) is celebrating their Grand Opening this weekend in Mills Park [Gmap].

With international appeal, Segafredo has a lot to offer with their coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, as well as two full bars.

The coffee is provided by Segafredo’s parent company, Massimo Zanetti. The 35 year-old Italian company is one of the largest growers and roasters of coffee in the world. The Italian bean espresso offered in Segafredo is exclusive to the cafe.

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New hookah lounge to open next to Snap!Space in Mills 50

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Dong A Corporation will be transforming the former grocery store at 1021 E. Colonial Drive in Mills 50 into a hookah lounge, called Phantom Lounge.

They are currently applying for a variance that would allow them to serve alcohol within 1,000 feet of a school/church after 6 p.m. on days of operation.

They’ve proposed that they would be sharing the surface parking behind Ginza Steakhouse (Website).

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Plans courtesy of City of Orlando



Urban Think Foundation’s Page 15 hosts after-school program at OMA


Page 15 (Website), a program run by the Urban Think Foundation (Website), will be hosting an after school writing program at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Writing coaches will provide “language arts support for young writers of all abilities. Our program encourages students to explore, develop, and organize their own writing, while immersed in the atmosphere of a world-class art museum.”

The program is meant for students in the fifth to twelfth grades who need help with their writing skills.

The workshops will 3-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays in Studio #3, Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. The first day is Monday, Jan. 26 and it will last through the rest of the school year.

There are scholarships for families who may have difficulties paying the tuition but there is a wide variety of pricing options available as well.

For more information on the OMA program, click HERE.

Crane Watch: Demolition begins at Orlando Health’s Lucerne Pavillon

This is the first post in a series called Crane Watch, which follows demolition and construction projects in the Downtown Orlando area.

Demolition has begun at the Lucerne Hospital property owned by Orlando Health.

We told you in December that a mixed-use project called Lucerne Promenade was planned for that site.

The building under demolition is part of Phase 1 of the project. Phase 1 includes 252 residential units, most of the project’s office and commercial space in buildings along Gore and Orange, a five-story parking garage and a ten-story hotel at Lucerne Circle.

We reached out to GDC, the developers of the project, for an update on when construction would begin but hadn’t heard back from them at the time of this posting.


Construction to finally begin on delayed Ferg’s Depot Development


We started covering this development back in 2013 when it was first announced that the owner of Ferg’s Sport Bar & Grill in St. Pete, was planning to open a restaurant in the Church Street Train Depo called Ferg’s Depot. Click HERE for that story.

They had pushed back their opening date a number of times, largely due to the hangups associated with opening a new venture in a historic building but we spoke with the owner, Mark Ferguson, yesterday after they had received their building permit and were informed that they would be pushing forward as soon as early as next week.

The plan is to transform the the building into a brew house with full bar, serviced by shipping container-based bars and food stalls outside along the patio.

Click HERE to see our photo tour of the space last year.

They will be craning the shipping containers into place early next week and according to their Twitter feed, will be aiming for a late April opening.

Real Estate Deal of the Week: 609 E. Central Boulevard


This single-family residence (Gmap) was built in 1916 has been converted for office/commercial use and was used most recently as a law office.

It is sandwiched between the Thornton Park Central development and Lake Eola, has private parking as well as access to a parking garage and a Lymmo stop across the street.

There are over 10 offices, a full kitchen and wrap around porch.

The owner is asking for $949,000 for the lot and building.

For more information on the property contact Olde Town Brokers (Website)