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Commissioner Stuart puts discretionary funds toward College Park historical markers

Notes from City Council, Jan. 9

This 1915 photo shows the shores of Lake Concord more than 100 years ago. (FLORIDAMEMORY.COM)

As The Community Paper reported last July, historic markers will soon be erected using City funds on the shores of Lake Ivanhoe and Lake Concord.

At the Jan. 9 City Council meeting, the council approved the disbursement of $7,260 of District 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart’s discretionary funds to go toward the sign manufacture and installation. There will also be a sign installed to recognize the Rosemere Historic District, which is located near Lake Formosa.

Stuart said the discretionary funds will pay for a vast majority of the cost to install the markers, an effort being led by the Orange Preservation Trust and College Park Historical Society. Expected to be installed in the spring, the markers are manufactured by the Florida Division of Historical Resources; wording for the signs needs to be approved by the state. The verbiage will tell the story of College Park being one of the first suburbs of downtown Orlando and explain the history of the three areas.

“It’s important to the community that we show our heritage of the people that came before us, and these three areas are unique in our community and in our city,” Stuart said. “This recognizes the first expansion of suburbia from the metropolitan area 110 years ago. Now, these are great inner-city neighborhoods that at one time used to be considered way across town. We want to recognize those areas’ importance and contribution to our community.”

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