Keeping Orlando moving continues to be a priority for the City and offering our residents and visitors multiple options for getting around. In the past year, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of SunRail service, the launch of Juice bike share in Orlando and the expansion of our Downtown LYMMO service.
FDOT District 5 Secretary Noranne Downs, along with SunRail Program Manager Tawny Olore, gave an overview of the SunRail project including its history, current status and some of the major milestones ahead as the project continues to evolve, including service expansion in Phases II and III.
The story of SunRail began long ago, with our entire region coming together to make this happen. Since the original SunRail agreements were signed in 2007, there have been new leaders elected into office and serving in these communities.
As we prepare for some important conversations that are expected to take place with our regional transportation agencies and policy leaders throughout the region in the year ahead, SunRail is reaching out to our local government partners and agencies to provide this type of critical background and historical information as well as future plans.
Open Data Portal
On Wednesday, January 27, the City of Orlando will host a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Data Preview event with White House representatives and our advocacy and tech community partners to better understanding how OPD data can be useful in our community’s efforts to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Orlando Police Department is the first agency in the country to release this type of data and is the only agency in Florida participating in the Police Data Initiative which grew out of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
This will be the first in a series of data preview events our staff will be hosting in advance of our launch of our City’s open data website.
The website is part of our commitment to being an open and transparent government and creating opportunities for collaboration and economic development.
On Saturday, February 6, the City of Orlando and Commissioner Sheehan will host the third annual Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit (OYES) here at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The summit is a free educational event meant to empower our Central Florida youth and partners with the necessary resources and information to bring about understanding, acceptance and inclusion in our community.
The event furthers our efforts to ensure that Orlando is a welcoming city that embraces diversity and equal treatment for all.
Mayor Buddy Dyer thanked community partners and volunteers who have coordinated the event, and Commissioner Sheehan for her ongoing support and taking the lead on initiatives like this that help Orlando to continue being a City for Everyone.
Click here to sign up for the event or for more information.
Items of Note:
Bike Florida Share the Road Challenge Grant
The City is applying for a Bike Florida Share the Road Challenge Grant that will helps us to install green bicycle pavement marking on Parramore Avenue from Gore Street to Amelia Street to provide a more defined and visible bicycle route for residents and students cycling through the Parramore neighborhood.
This new green bicycle payment markings will not only increase the bikeability of the Parramore neighborhood, but will also provide a safer connection to the Parramore Community School.
- Total project cost is $25,000
- We are seeking $12,500 from the Grant
- City Required Match is $12,500 – Gas Tax – Bicycle implementation Plan Fund
- Grant award announcement is expected February 26, 2016
Agreements allowing the City to acquire the privately owned land known as Constitution Green were on Monday’s agenda.
The City announced plans to purchase this land last fall to prevent development on the site, save the historic oak tree there and ensure this land remained a park and a special place in our City.
Because of these efforts, we have ensured that Constitution Green will remain in the heart of our Downtown, continuing to magnetize people to it, strengthening our City and neighborhoods and making Orlando a more attractive place to live, work, play and thrive.
Mayor Dyer recognized Commissioner Sheehan – whose leadership was a key reason the City was able to save this fantastic green space. Mayor also thanked City residents whose passion for the park helped to make an impact on Orlando forever.
Council discussed several items related to the sale of the soccer stadium land to Orlando City. The sale of this land will allow Orlando City to privately develop the soccer stadium. Last summer the City announced that due to challenges with State funding the team approached the City with a plan to privately develop the soccer stadium. At that time, the City announced the framework for the agreement:
- The City of Orlando will sell soccer stadium site for fair market value.
- Orlando City will privately fund the entire stadium.
- Orlando City will compensate the City of Orlando for the relocation of storm water retention.
- Orlando City will build a stadium for 25,000 to 28,000 soccer fans.
An added benefit for the City is, a privately owned stadium will generate property taxes for the City that we can reinvest in the Parramore and Downtown neighborhoods.
Mayor Dyer recognized Orlando City SC Founder and President Phil Rawlins and the entire Orlando City organization for continuing to work with Orlando to find a way to build a new soccer stadium and ensure Major League Soccer is a success in Orlando.
- Gargi’s intends to sell its business and has executed an Assignment of Lease Agreement between themselves and On Group.
- The City is not a party to the business transaction but City Council must vote on whether or not to consent to the assignment of the lease.
- The City’s consent is contingent upon the Assignee executing an amendment to the Lease, which shall require the Assignee to obtain a membership in the Ivanhoe Village Main Street Merchants Association.
- The term of the Lease shall remain the same however, if Assignee makes substantial improvements to the Leased Premises, the first five year renewal option available under the terms of the Lease shall be exercised and the lease extended through January 31, 2023.
- Additionally, rent shall increase as scheduled under the terms of the Lease but the City, in exchange for improvements to the Leased Premises, shall abate up to five months of rent while the restaurant is closed for Assignee’s construction of the improvements. The new party plans to make $800,000 in renovations to open the lake side area and to make general improvements to the City’s building.
- It is the City’s understanding that On Group plans to open a Mexican-type restaurant, a new concept for the Ivanhoe area.
- Additionally, this new party has expressed their desire to engage with the Main Street here and be an active part of the community.