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

  1. Artisan 420 apartments broke ground in the Thornton Park District – Construction the new nine-story, 299-unit apartment complex includes 10,000 square feet of retail and is expected to open in October 2015.
  2. County backs off buying offices near Fashion Square mall – Two office buildings near Orlando Fashion Square mall that were being looked at for the property appraiser and tax collector’s offices are now off the table. Property Appraiser Rick Singh says he wants to stay downtown.
  3. Orlando considers prohibiting discrimination against transgender people – Orlando may outlaw discrimination against transgender people, forbidding businesses and landlords from denying employment, housing or public accommodation to those who identify themselves as a member of the opposite sex.
  4. Creative co-working spaces downtown are signing up members – Both Canvs and Catalyst are slated to open in the next couple of months and both are currently signing up members. Memberships range from $99 to $1,000.
  5. Bike share on track to launch this year – A couple of our readers wrote in asking us when the bike share would be operational in Orlando. So we got an update on the program that is expected to launch this year.
  6. Orlando Tech Association to host Orlando Tech Week & tech awards – The Orlando Tech Association is planning to host Orlando’s first Tech Week on September 27 through October 3. The event is described as “a community-driven week of meetups, demos, speakers, parties, office crawls, panels, and more to showcase Orlando’s tech scene.”
  7. Rail quiet zones to start this summer for some crossings – Quiet zones near Florida hospital should be operational sometime in August or September. The crossings in Health Village aren’t the only ones that are being looked at. The City is working with MetroPlan to apply for funding and eventually hope to have all rail crossings that are part of SunRail as quiet zones.
  8. Mills 50 adds dumpster art to district – The Mills 50 District is having local artists paint dumpsters in the area.Over the next few months 15 dumpsters will be painted.
  9. Tony’s Deli in Mills 50 closed – Tony’s Deli on Mills i now closed. Their newer location in Sanford is still open.
  10. Beefy King plans to renovate and restore their iconic bull sign – The Beefy King sign has been at that location since 1967. The sign will remain the same but “will be brighter and fully working.”

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