A longtime vacant parcel of property sandwiched between The Waverly and Capital Plaza II at 301 E. Pine Street [GMap] in downtown Orlando could soon be home to a drive-thru bank.

The property, which we asked our friends at Interstruct Inc. to reimagine into something that benefitted the public realm in a previous I Wish This Was column, could soon be developed to house a drive-thru ATM for PNC Bank.

While it’s not a very exciting point of news, it shouldn’t be surprising either, as the lot was apparently always supposed to be used for a bank drive-through for the plaza, going back to 2007 when it was first approved by the City for that use.

The project was never built and the necessary approvals expired, but Capital Plaza has renewed its interest and is plotting the course to finally fill in the lot. The plans call for a one-way flow of traffic from south to north, with the ATM located on the northern half of the site.

The project is expected to be seen by the Municipal Planning Board at its April 19th meeting, where I hope they can at least ask them to allow bikes to use the drive-thru ATM as well, since it’s so close to Lake Eola Park.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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