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

  1. Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts opens in downtown. The new Dr Phillips Center held a series of grand opening events over the weekend and be sure to checkout the photos of the center at night.
  2. Orlando Citrus Bowl to open next week. The Dr. Phillips Center isn’t the only new venue opening this month. The reconstructed Orlando Citrus Bowl will open on November 19.
  3. I-4 Ultimate Project to begin in February, last 6 1/2 years. We’re continuing to learn more about the I-4 Ultimate Project. While we still don’t have a complete schedule we do know that the project will start in February. Project team members say most of I-4 will be under construction at the beginning and the downtown portions will take the longest.
  4. City approves The Princeton at College Park, Edgewater retail to get facelift. City Council voted to approve the project with the changes the council had asked for.
  5. Orlando sees boom in homes shared by roommates. More than 36 percent of working-age residents share a house, apartment or condo with someone else. That’s up from 22 percent in 1990.
  6. Voters extend tax for Orange County schools. Last week voters approved to extend the one mill tax. The initiative passed with 76 percent of the vote.
  7. Coffee Culture Café & Eatery to open at NORA in North Quarter. The new Canadian cafe will open in the ground floor of the new complex facing Orange Ave.
  8. Orlando City Soccer Club unveils MLS home jersey. The new jersey’s include a nod to their pre-MLS season with the old logo being printed on the inside of the jerseys.
  9. SunRail ambassadors back on platforms. The platform attendants are back on the job helping riders and ensuring they are paying their fare.
  10. Southern Meets Asian Fusion At SOCO. Eat Local Orlando checks out the new Soco in Thornton Park and says it’s excellent.

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