The Board was created to aid in the development of the Central Business District/Orlando City Neighborhood Development Area and to “prevent future and reduce present deterioration in the area” back in 1971. The DDB is responsible for the planning, implementation, and administration of the City’s core area redevelopment and development program. In 2019, the DDB had a budget of over $8 million to fund projects like the Christmas lighting display, wayfinding initiatives, the Downtown Rideshare Hub Pilot Program, and more.
As of April 17, the DDB Board voted to give $95,000 to the Salvation Army in order to aid in the housing of an additional 50 homeless individuals in a tent outside of the current men’s overnight shelter at 416 W. Colonial Drive [GMap]. The funding will also be used to provide three meals a day, showers, security, restrooms, and more.