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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Delivers Annual State of
Downtown Address at Amway Center
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer Delivers 2013 State of Downtown
Address Reflecting on a Decade of Accomplishment and Setting a Course
for the Future of Downtown Orlando
October 10, 2013 – ORLANDO, FL – Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
delivered his annual State of Downtown address to hundreds of Downtown
residents, business owners and community leaders gathered on the floor
of the Amway Center.
During his speech Mayor Dyer highlighted the work of the Downtown
Strategic Transition Team which was formed 10 years ago to develop a
plan to revitalize and modernize Downtown Orlando.
“As I look back at the strategy set forth by our community in the fall
of 2003, I am proud of the successes we’ve achieved, the challenges
we’ve overcome and the position our center City is in today,” said Mayor
Dyer. “This task force created 166 recommendations to better our
downtown. Today, 136 of those are complete or in progress.”
Today Mayor Dyer announced a new task force, Project DTO, which will
help create the strategic plan for the next 10 years.
Mayor Dyer also reaffirmed his commitment to Parramore noting that a
strategic focus area of Project DTO will include continuing to make a
meaningful impact in the Parramore community.
Similar to each State of Downtown address, Mayor Dyer provided the
community with an update on facts, figures and new developments in
“I want everyone to think about what’s happening right now in Downtown
and how it positions us for the future,” noted Mayor Dyer. “Ask
yourselves, is there any other downtown in America experiencing this
Among the successes are:
“The first of five major objectives outlined by our task force was to
re-energize the core of our City by implementing what we called
“Cornerstone Projects” that would create jobs, spur development and
generate economic impact.”
- Since 2003, 47 major projects representing $1.86
billion in investments were completed.
- Today, 9 projects are underway in Downtown
Orlando that will add 566 residential units, 119 hotel rooms, 18,300
square-feet of retail space, 398,700 square-feet in office space
representing $1.27 billion in investment.
- Projects include: Aloft Hotel, NORA, Sky
House, Church Street Streetscape, LYMMO Expansion, Coalition for
the Homeless Men’s Service Center, Gertrude’s Walk, Dr. Phillips
Center for the Performing Arts and SunRail.
- 6 projects are proposed to break ground in the
next year in Downtown Orlando representing an additional $345
million investment, more than 900 residential units, 260 hotel rooms
and 35,000 square-feet of retail space.
- Projects include: 420 East Church Street, 800
North Orange Avenue, Central Station, Citrus Bowl
Reconstruction, Residence Inn and The Sevens.
- 7 projects are also proposed for the future of
Downtown representing a more than $2 billion investment and include:
- 315 West Concord, 331 Cathcart Avenue,
801/811 North Magnolia, Cambria Suites, Creative Village,
Interstate 4 Improvements and Trinity Lutheran CDC.
“Another pillar of our strategic plan was transportation… making
downtown a more pedestrian-friendly destination and expanding public
Car Share Program
The program launches today, Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Bike Share Program
The City released an RFP for a bike share system in June 2013 and the
program is expected to be operational in summer 2014.
The new Parramore BRT “Lime Line” will be operational by spring 2014.
The new East/West Expansion, the “Grapefruit Line” will be operational
by spring 2014.
Orlando Amtrak Station Rehabilitation
The project is currently under design and construction will begin
early 2014 with an expected completion in summer 2014.
The project is under design and is expected to be complete in spring
Under construction now, the 32-mile first phase of SunRail will
serve 12 stations with operations expected to start in second quarter of
QUALITY OF LIFE
“We believed then, and still believe today, that more than any
single amenity, superior quality of life is what draws employers,
workers, residents and visitors to Downtown.”
Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness
Today, Mayor Dyer will join with the Central Florida Regional Commission
on Homelessness will launch the “Rethink Homelessness” campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to change the misconception of homelessness
and help our community understand that the majority of homeless in the
Central Florida region are families and children.
The Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness is currently
working to align local, state and federal resources; stakeholders and
advocates to work together collaboratively to bring results and
solutions for the Central Florida homeless population.
Watch Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s 2013 State of Downtown address on the
City’s website at www.cityoforlando.net.