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The Princeton developer scales back project to comply with Vision Plan

The Princeton Updated 1

We’ve been telling you about The Princeton (Facebook) apartment complex that is being proposed in College Park.

In our Our Take analysis we pointed out that the only part of the project that did not comply with the Edgewater Drive Vision plan was the way in which the height of the building scales down as it moves into the neighborhood.

The Orlando City Council asked the developers to modify the plan to adhere strictly to the Vision Plan.

Bungalower has learned that the developers have modified their project to do so.

The project now makes a jump from five stories to three stories, instead of having an area with four stories in the middle.

This also reduced the number of units from 226 units to 206 units.

According to a letter from the developer to the community the changes cost the project over $1.2 Million.

“We knew we could not make any changes that would affect the quality of our project, and not one brick was deleted from our design. We asked our landowners, consultants and others affiliated with the project, including our firm, to make concessions and to reduce the dollars that each would get from the project. While these concessions were very difficult to obtain over the last 6 weeks, we did it and can now comply with City Council’s request,” project developer Anthony Everett wrote in the letter.

The project is scheduled for a second reading at the November 3rd City Council meeting.

Here’s a look at the updated renderings and the open letter to the College Park community: Continue Reading →

The Peacock Room bar in Mills 50 closes

Peacock Room

The Peacock Room in Mills 50 is now closed.

The bar located at 1321 N Mills Ave [GMap] posted on their Facebook page “As of 2AM October 28, 2014 – The Peacock Room is officially closed. We thank you for your support and patronage over the last 13 years.”

We had been making attempts to figure out what was happening with the bar after rumors of their closing started circulating. Our attempts to reach the owner were not returned.

We’ll keep you posted on what goes into their space.

Photo courtesy The Peacock Room Facebook page.

New Rendering: Elan Audubon Park apartments begin construction

Elan Audubon Park

Back in March we first told you about the plan to add a 450-unit apartment complex behind the Colonial Marketplace shops near Fashion Square Mall.

Construction has now begun for the apartment complex.

The new apartment complex will be located at 980 Warehouse Rd [GMap] near the intersection of Maguire Boulevard and East Colonial Drive and behind the Target and just of the Cady Way Trail. The property is currently vacant.

The 20-acre development will consist of a both townhomes and garden style apartments in 12 different buildings.

The apartments will be a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 646 to 1,371 square feet. The will also offer a three-story, three-bedroom townhouse.

Community amenities will include:

  • Clubhouse with a 24/7 fitness facility
  • Resident lounge with gourmet kitchen
  • Spa room with tanning and massage tables
  • Media lounge with complementary Wi-Fi cafe
  • Two swimming pools with sundecks, outdoor kitchen and entertainment area
  • A serenity garden with fire pit and lounge seating, grilling stations and a children’s playground
  • Open green spaces
  • Walking trails
  • Multiple ponds
  • Dog park with amenities for both small and large breeds as well as a dog wash station

The first move-ins are planned for fall 2015.

They apartments will technically be in the corner of the Colonial Town Center neighborhood but very close to Audubon Park and Coytown.

Here’s a look at the updated renderings and you can checkout our previous story for the site plan: Continue Reading →

Creative City Project takes over downtown with unexpected entertainment


The Creative City Project (Website | Facebook) is taking over Downtown Orlando this Saturday night starting at 7:00 p.m..

The project is one of our favorite downtown events. It puts creative surprises throughout downtown.

This years event features 13 hours of public performances by 30 different artists.

All performances are free.

One of the things that makes a great downtown is having moments of unexpected entertainment. There will be plenty of that on Saturday night as this year’s Creative City Project promises to offer surprising and innovative, unexpected experiences in unexpected places.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Cirque du Soleil silk performance from a crane on Orange Ave. and projected media from Fiction Creative Agency.
  • Orlando Ballet and projection artist, Nathan Selikoff, at the Orange County Regional History Center.
  • The Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra and The Cook Trio at Chase Plaza.
  • The Mud Flappers at Orange and Pine.
  • Interactive Installations along Pine Street.
  • Performances by Phantasmagoria, Voci Dance, DRIP, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, UCF Percussion and more throughout Downtown.

Here’s a look at where you can wonder and enjoy the performances: Continue Reading →

Photo Tour: Ivy Residences at Health Village now open

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The Ivy Residences at Health Village (Website | Facebook) are now open and residents are moving in.

The apartment building is located at 2760 Dade Ave, at the corner of Dade Ave and Winter Park St (one block west of Orange Ave.) [GMap]

The first of the two buildings is open along with the amenity spaces. The second building is set to open in December.

The five-story buildings will have a total of 248 apartments. The apartments are a mix of studios, 1/1, 2/2 and 3/3.

All apartments include in-suite washer/dryer, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

Building amenities include a fitness center, media room, cyber café, pool and valet trash at front doorstep.

Studios start at $1180, one bedrooms at $1253, two bedrooms at $1525 and three bedrooms at $2300. You can checkout the floor plans in our previous post.

The leasing office is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Here’s a look at the Ivy Residences at Health Village: Continue Reading →

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice to open in Downtown South

Jeremiahs Orlando future

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice (Website | Facebook) plans to open a new store in Downtown South.

The new location will be a 311s S Orange Ave [GMap].

This would be the first Orlando location for the local Italian ice company. This is their 9th location.

The location is similar to their others and includes a drive-through and outside eating area.

The current building on the site will be renovated for the shop.

The new location is not listed on their website yet, but the company recently asked the City for approval to build a drive-through at this location.

We’ll let you know once they open.

Here’s a look at how the location will look once complete according to documents filed with the City: Continue Reading →

OUC launches PSA and website to encourage residents to report streetlight outages

LED Light Replacment

OUC is making a push to have residents report streetlight outages.

The utility company has created a new PSA, with the help of the Orlando Police Chief, to encourage residents to report streetlight outages.

OUC has also launched a web form where you can report the outages. The form can be found at

Here’s a look at the PSA: Continue Reading →

Dick’s Sporting Goods Opens at Fashion Square Mall


Dick’s Sporting Goods (Website | Facebook) is now open at the Fashion Square Mall.

The Dick’s is located on the east side of the mall on the property that used to be occupied by Toys-r-us at 724 Herndon Ave [GMap].

The new 50,000 square foot store is the latest tenant for the Fashion Square Mall site.

The hours for Dick’s Sporting Goods at Fashion Square are Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Top ten things you need to know this week for October 27, 2014

Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news.

  1. The Yard mixed-use development planned for Ivanhoe Village. A local developer is looking to build a development off of Virginia Drive in Ivanhoe Village. Checkout the current conceptual site plan as we walk you though the plan for the multi-block development.
  2. World of Beer opens in Downtown Orlando. The new bar/restaurant has a large patio with great views of Lake Eola. Checkout out photo tour and their menu to learn more about the newest downtown hangout spot.
  3. Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden breaking ground in College Park. Some great non-profits are getting together to build a teaching kitchen and culinary garden at the Orlando Junior Academy.
  4. Burlington Coat Factory opens at Colonial Marketplace. The new store replaces what was Office Max and AC More.
  5. SunRail now available on Google Maps Transit. The new beta feature allows riders to use Google Maps to plot out their trip on both SunRail and Lynx.
  6. Kerouac House unveils new historic marker. The famous writer’s bungalow home in College Park is now home to a writer-in-residence program and now has a Florida historic marker.
  7. Megabus no longer operating in Downtown Orlando. The bus company has moved their stop from Downtown Orlando to Semoran Blvd and Colonial Drive.
  8. New Year’s Day Citrus Bowl game now the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. The bowl game that was previously the Capital One Bowl will have the word “Citrus” added back into the name.
  9. Island Time beer and wine bar opens in Thornton Park. The new bar is focused on providing a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Thornton Park to grab a drink and some light snacks.
  10. Scott Joseph says Green Day Cafe in North Quarter won’t win any prizes for food presentation, but it deserves praise for doing good while serving good food.

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Event Picks: Film Fest, Ghost Stories, Distance Music, Jazz Fest and More

Here’s a look at some of the top events taking place this weekend. Visit the complete events calendar by clicking on “Events” in our main menu.

All Weekend

Orlando Film Festival

The mission of the Orlando Film Festival is to support the cause of independent cinema and to promote culture and the arts in Downtown Orlando by exposing a wide audience to the unique and diverse stories told by independent filmmakers from around the world.The Film Festival features Indie films from around the globe as well as extra special events. Find out more »

Friday, October 24, 2014

High Fidelity:James Cornetet Solo Exhibition

October 24 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm
Jai Gallery,

101 S. Garland Ave
Cornetet’s ground breaking High Fidelity series represents the culmination of his skills in graphic design, photography and his research in CNC fabrication technologies. The images of the series features butterflies at an unprecedented fidelity and required Cornetet to design a custom CNC camera to enable him the ability to create these iconic images. Find out more »

Ghost Stories

October 24 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

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