Downtown Orlando News

Meet the new Milk District director

Angie Folks has only been on the job for a couple of weeks, but she’s already quite familiar with the Milk District’s Main Street district and neighborhood. Folks takes over the Milk District’s executive director position from Zac Alfson, who held the position from 2018 to 2023 and is now senior director of marketing and communications at Central Florida Community […]

Orlando Kidz Zone grads presented with $50K of scholarships at ceremony

  Orlando City Hall hosted a high school graduation celebration on May 16 for approximately 120 Orlando Kidz Zone students, and $50,000 worth of scholarships were presented to the graduates. This is the largest monetary scholarship contribution gifted to Kidz Zone students. This is also the first time the Kidz Zone has held a combined graduation celebration for their students from […]

Parramore homes project creates opportunities for low-income buyers

Eight more new single-family homes are coming to Parramore and adding to the City of Orlando’s plans to provide affordable housing, according to an email from Cassandra Bell, press secretary for the office of the mayor.  Orlando’s Community Redevelopment Agency is offering aspiring homeowners up to $140,000 in down payment assistance for these under-construction houses, District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill said. […]

Golden Brick Awards recognize successful projects, programs and people downtown

This year’s Golden Brick Awards ceremony at Steinmetz Hall included many winners for projects, programs and champions of the other side of I-4 in Parramore. The awards, this year made of bricks from the demolished Church Street Ballroom, were presented by the Downtown Orlando Partnership. Craig Ustler and Brooke Myers of Creative Village Development were jointly awarded the Downtowner of the […]

Grassroots community of artists formed in Colonialtown

A community of artists has emerged in a nondescript office building on Colonial Drive — the City Light Art Collective. “I’m a retired schoolteacher, and before this, I would watch TV and putz around the house or do yard work. I didn’t have a real purpose in doing so. Now I feel like I have a purpose,” Dennis “D.M.” Hood, […]

Meetings held for Robinson Street and Dickson Azalea Park improvements

The Florida Department of Transportation has been working for a number of years on changes to the roadway configurations along S.R. 526, aka Robinson Street. These changes to Robinson Street will be implemented from North Hughey Avenue through to Crystal Lake Drive/Maguire Boulevard. Multiple public community meetings have been sponsored by FDOT, including the recent Feb. 28, to receive input […]

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Wall mural debuted on ‘407 Day’ celebrates Orlando

Celebrations for “407 Day,” an annual celebration of Orlando that began in 2020 and has continued each year with local festivities, kicked off this year with the unveiling of a mural in downtown Orlando. Designed by Clark Orr and painted by Kristi Burke, Ryan Semple and Sabrina Shumaker, the Orlando-themed mural on the corner of West Pine Street and South […]

UCF Celebrates the Arts returns downtown this April

Performing arts students at the University of Central Florida will get the opportunity to perform at a world-class venue when UCF Celebrates the Arts returns to downtown Orlando this April. Held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the annual festival showcasing student talent will happen from April 2 until April 15. “We are training students to be […]

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A new look for iconic downtown tower

The instantly recognizable tower commonly referred to as the SunTrust Center is getting a makeover. The teal spires atop the 35-story office building are being repainted white. According to an Orlando Business Journal article, the teal mullion that runs vertically up the center of the building will be painted a dark gray. At 441 feet tall, the 200 South Orange […]

Increased pedestrian safety, reduced crime the goals of increasing downtown lighting

Downtown is about to get more lit. Orlando City Council recently approved around $408,000 in funding to increase lighting downtown on Orange, Rosalind, and Magnolia avenues and Lucerne Circle. The project will replace 208 existing high-intensity discharge bulbs with brighter LED lamps on Magnolia Avenue. Elsewhere, 24 new light poles and fixtures will be installed. In the City of Orlando’s […]

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