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CITY UNVEILS PATHWAYS FOR PARRAMORE
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner
Daisy Lynum Unveil Strategic Initiatives to Lead Revitalization of Parramore
June 14, 2005 (Orlando, FL) – Amidst a crowd
of more than 200 residents and business and community leaders, Orlando Mayor
Buddy Dyer and District 5 Commissioner Daisy Lynum launched bold pathways to
guide the City of Orlando’s revitalization efforts for the Parramore Heritage
The Pathways for Parramore initiative came to fruition from a task force
commissioned by Mayor Buddy Dyer in November 2003. After more than 6 months of
conducting research and obtaining stakeholder input, the task force presented
recommendations in June 2004.
The mission of the Parramore Task Force was to develop strategies that address
the areas of: Public Safety, Housing, Quality of Life, Education and Business
Development; with the goal of restoring the Parramore Heritage Neighborhood to a
safe, livable, sustainable and prosperous place for families, businesses and
institutions to thrive.
Based on the five key areas addressed by the task force, Mayor Buddy Dyer
outlined the pathways for Parramore’s revitalization. “The City can’t do this
alone, with the support of our community and business leaders, Parramore
residents and business-owners, we, for the first time, as a coordinated effort –
can build this community, and build it on the heritage of this historical
Commissioner Daisy Lynum addressed the audience, including Grant Hill,
Representative Bruce Antone and Senator Gary Siplin, about the City’s commitment
to the Parramore Heritage Neighborhood saying, “there are few new ideas for
Parramore, what we are here to do is to reaffirm our commitment to make our
vision for Parramore a reality, and see these projects through to completion.”
Mayor Dyer and Commissioner Lynum announced several key initiatives that will
give momentum, create excitement and build a foundation for the renaissance of
The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the
redevelopment of the Parramore Village site, which will result in more than 40
new housing-units, has been issued and information is now available for
interested parties at City Hall.
City Council will consider a purchase
agreement from the Black Business Investment Fund (BBIF) to purchase
approximately one acre of land anchoring the northwest corner of Parramore
Avenue and Church Street. This will be a cornerstone catalytic project
comprised of 41,000 s.f. of office space, 20 office condominiums, 45
residential units, 10,500 s.f. of commercial space, a community meeting room
and a small business incubator.
The Orlando Police Department is
implementing a door-to-door campaign in the Parramore neighborhood to share
valuable City and OPD information on housing rehabilitation and public safety
programs, and to build relationships with residents.
Free summer programs for Parramore children
will be offered by the City and community organizations throughout Central
Florida. Additionally, many of the participating organizations have offered
scholarships and other accommodations. LYNX has graciously provided free bus
passes to teens that sign up for these programs.
For the first time ever, the City has 4C
childcare subsidies for every family in Parramore who was on the waiting list,
increasing enrollment by 27% with 77 children enrolled. Mayor Dyer is prepared
to re-sign the City’s contract with 4C for families next year.
The City will set aside funds raised at
Citykidz - Buddy’s Benefit for Children - as the first installment to a
“Legacy Trust” for Parramore children, which will pave the way for permanent
funds to be available for educational resources.
The approval of $2.2 million from the CRA
will be used for the Division Streetscape enhancement project. This project is
now on track and is scheduled to begin the first quarter of 2006.
The Orlando-Orange County Expressway
Authority has agreed to restore, with additional streetscape improvements, Z.L.
Reilly Park on the 700-block of Parramore Avenue as improvements are made to
S. R. 408 (East-West Expressway).
To better serve the Parramore area,
construction is underway on the CityView Police substation, which will bring
public safety resources closer to home and is scheduled for completion within
the next few months.
Site work has already begun on Parramore
Heritage Park, which includes a neighborhood park and a centralized facility
for the collection of stormwater for the anticipated development within a
sub-basin of the Parramore neighborhood. This project not only provides
incentive for redevelopment, but also serves as a neighborhood park for the
residents of Parramore.
In an effort to encourage the beautification
of Orlando’s older buildings, the boundaries of the City’s Façade Grant
Program will be extended to the area along Church Street from Terry Avenue to
Parramore Avenue, and then south on Parramore to Long Street. In addition,
Parramore will be a priority zone for this program.
The City’s Business Development team will be
developing a block-by-block plan to encourage mixed-use development or
“Parramore Town Center” concept closer to Interstate 4 and developing
strategies to protect and encourage low-density residential development west
of Parramore Avenue and South of the 408.
Ongoing initiatives and current projects in
the Parramore Heritage Neighborhood include:
The development of a computerized tracking
system to ensure a “crackdown” on repeat code offenders. This, combined with
the addition of 3 Code Enforcement Officers dedicated to Parramore, has
resulted in a 350% increase in code enforcement’s case management within
The Carver Park Housing Development, a
203-unit project by the Orlando Housing Authority, will provide 57 families
opportunities for homeownership.
The CityView / Hughes Supply Headquarters
development is a mixed-use development model with housing, retail, and office
space in one central location for Parramore residents and businesses. The
Hughes Supply building is fully occupied and there is a waiting list of
residents for the CityView apartments.
The Shiloh Baptist Church is committed to
making a $5M investment for a new youth life center to more effectively serve
the Parramore residents spiritually, socially and economically.
The new Federal Courthouse is now under
construction and represents an investment of $82M dollars. In addition, it
will house 400 employees combined with the current George C. Young Courthouse.
The FAMU School of Law campus, set to open
in a few months, will provide approximately 750 students the opportunity to
attend a prestigious law school in a downtown neighborhood where they can also
live, work and play.
Phase I renovation work is complete at the
Expo Center for the UCF School of Digital Media and Florida Interactive
Entertainment Academy. Students and Faculty are now located in the building
and it is expected to house 1600 students within 4 years and 3100 students at
For full details on the Pathways For
Parramore, please log on to www.cityoforlando.net.
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