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Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:09:27 +0000

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403-unit apartment complex planned next to Mall at Millenia, Ikea

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:41:14 +0000

(image) A South Florida real estate development firm is setting the stage to build the second half of a 700-unit apartment complex next to The Mall at Millenia and Ikea. Ft. Lauderdale-based BREL Capital's related Millenia Multi-Family LLC filed plans with the city of Orlando to get approval to build the 403-unit second phase of its Millenia 700 apartment project. The new portion will hug the southwest side of the existing 297-unit first phase of the project that was originally built in 2012 as the Estates…

Developer Dan Bellows to beef up Winter Park’s massive Ravaudage complex

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:32:44 +0000

(image) Local developer Dan Bellows has a lot happening at his 50-acre, mixed-use Ravaudage development at Lee Road and U.S. Highway 17-92 in Winter Park. Bellows’ Sydgan Corp. is gearing up to sell two parcels to developers that would allow for the construction of a total of 546 apartment units — projects that would have an estimated combined value of more than $100 million. Bellows has been working to include apartments as part of the project for several years, as previously reported by Orlando Business…

Publix recalls private label pancake mix, Earth Balance mac 'n' cheese

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:24:02 +0000

(image) Publix Super Markets Inc. has issued two recall alerts, including one for its private label pancake and waffle mix. Lakeland-based Publix said a supplier informed the company that the milk powder used to make the mix may contain salmonella. The following products, sold at Publix stores throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina, are affected: Publix Premium Banana-Flavored Chocolate Chip Pancake & Waffle Mix, 16-oz. size Publix Premium Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle…

Construction update: Latest on Universal's Aventura Hotel project

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:58:30 +0000

(image) Universal Orlando Resort's newest hotel project is lining up the permitting needed for construction. Universal filed for a water permit for stormwater basin improvements on Dec. 6 for "Project 927," which is the name of the now-announced Aventura Hotel. In short, the permit is a modification to the stormwater treatment capacity at the 22-acre site that will include the future 600-room hotel. "The permitted Pond F1 is designed to provide more treatment volume than required for the proposed development,…

Medical marijuana deliveries begin

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:59:27 +0000

(image) Knox Medical, owned by Winter Garden-based Knox Nursery, today ushers in a new era of medicine for the state of Florida, sending out its first batch of medical cannabis deliveries to qualified patients. With plans underway to open locations in Orlando and four other cities in 2017, Knox Medical is among the first companies approved by the Florida Department of Health to dispense medical cannabis and the plant’s low-THC variety. “Knox Medical is producing superior quality medicinal cannabis,…

$3M facelift for Lake Ellenor includes cool new technology

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:09:28 +0000

(image) A more than 40-year-old Lake Ellenor apartment complex is getting a facelift that will include shiny new technology. The 296-unit complex in Orlando’s south central submarket — renamed the Enclave at Lake Ellenor — will undergo about $3 million in renovations, Joe Lubeck, CEO of Tampa-based investor and new property owner Robbins Electra, told Orlando Business Journal. “It was ready for an upgrade,” Lubeck said. Work is projected to begin in January may be completed by September, Lubeck…

Check out the top 25 restaurants in College Park

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:00:43 +0000

(image) Finding a good place to eat in College Park just got a little easier. Thanks to popular social media rating platform Yelp, local and tourists can quickly find a top place to dine in their area. Here, we put together the top 25 rated restaurants in College Park and there's quite a range of places to choose from. And if you're looking for a restaurant outside of College Park, check out these other slideshow from various areas in Central Florida: Check out Central Florida's top 25 most expensive…

Exclusive: Work to kick off on new $14M upscale urban project in Winter Park

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:15:43 +0000

(image) A pair of Winter Park custom homebuilders teamed up again to create a new $14 million project set to bring more options to downsizing buyers with discerning tastes. Phil Kean Design Group and ColeDev Properties LLC expect to start work by year’s end on razing a 20-year-old, nearly 7,000-square-foot office building at 652 W. Morse Blvd., and then build in its place the Morse & Pennsylvania Brownstones. The 10-unit luxury townhome development will be built “with a Phil Kean twist” — modern…

Universal theme park patents tackle drifting cars, musical water rides, flight suits

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:35:35 +0000

(image) Universal City Studios, the sister patent-filing division of Universal Orlando Resort, has a series of new patents that hint at possible rides that fit the Nintendo and Marvel brands, as well as a new spin on water rides possibly in play for Volcano Bay. Three patents, filed in November, show the theme park company is looking into cutting-edge ways to bring guests interactivity as part of the overall theme park experience. The patents seem to hint at what Universal could do if it wanted to build…

This defense firm is doing $350M worth of work in Orlando

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:32:51 +0000

(image) A defense contractor has landed a major government contract — and most of the work is being done in Orlando. Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) won a $350 million contract with the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 8. Contract work includes delivery of a joint mission planning system and integrated build environments. JMPS helps detail a spectrum of missions, ranging from simple training to complex combat scenarios. The work has an expected completion date of Dec. 7, 2027. Reston, Va.-based Leidos, which has 33,000 workers…