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SoDo District – 2015

total improvements34
amount invested$4,281,762 (without hospital improvements)
amount invested$206,855,500
(with hospital improvements)

businesses opened28
jobs created159
volunteer hours635
value of volunteer hours$14,649
private dollars invested$36,979.80

“I support SoDo District because I not only have my business here but also live here.  I can make an impact in my area just by volunteering to help make my neighborhood better for my family, business and friends. It’sSo simple, but does take commitment and time which I gladly give to make life easier for all.” John Cheek, President of Orlando Brewing

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About SoDo District
shuffleboardSoDo District is a business district surrounded by many of Orlando’s historic neighborhoods known for their lakes, walkable parks and streets. Orlando Health, one of Orlando’s most established hospitals has served as a mainstay of the district since 1918. One of Orlando’s historic railroad stations is nestled within this community which is within one mile of Downtown Orlando.

Neighbors have joined forces with property owners and merchants revitalizing the Orange Avenue and Michigan Street corridors to celebrate this vibrant community where residents live, shop, work and play. With the growing number of renovations and additions to the commercial district, SoDo District is defined as an emerging market. Small retail and mixed-use projects are creating a positive new look and tone. Many large retail chains have recently invested in SoDo District, though a generous amount of boutique-style shops and mom-and-pop restaurants offer diverse options.

2015 Accomplishments

  • Signed agreement of shared operations between SoDo District and the Neighborhood Improvement District
  • Created videos for businesses in SoDo District
  • Placed planters in the streetscape
  • Placed palm trees at businesses in SoDo District
  • dowtownsouthHeld 2nd Annual Light Up SoDo 
  • Held 7th Annual Spring Social with silent auction at Orlando Shuffle
  • Hired Executive Director to operate the SoDo District Main Street Program and the SoDo Neighborhood Improvement District
  • Held 10 Coffee Clubs for residents and businesses, and moved to new location
  • Held three “Business and Brews”
  • Participated in National Night Out
  • Held three “Lunch-N-Learns”
  • Co-Hosted 3rd Annual Cardboard Arts Festival I SODO Shopping Center
  • Participated in Main Street Restaurant Week with seven restaurants
  • Put up new Banner Sponsorships
  • Began icon project throughout the SoDo District business district and neighborhoods
  • Changed membership cycle to calendar year

2015 Events – more than 2,900 attendees

  • ds2Coffee Club monthly
  • Light Up SoDo District
  • SoDo District Connect – quarterly
  • 3rd Annual Cardboard Arts Festival
  • SoDo District Spring Membership Social
  • Lunch-N-Learn – quarterly
  • National Night Out
  • Business for Breakfast – quarterly
  • Business and Brews – quarterly
  • Main Street Restaurant Week
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Pedalpalooza