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Popping the “campus bubble” and transforming a neighborhood

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | August 22, 2019

When Creative Village officially opens for classes on Aug. 26, students majoring in fields from digital media to health-services administration will be welcomed to Downtown Orlando. College and university campuses have a history of being separated from the rest of the community when based in a large city (think the phrase “town and gown”), and students in higher education can […]

The Veranda opening ice cream/deli shop

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | August 15, 2019

Residents of Thornton Park may have been wondering why the Veranda building on Washington Street changed colors overnight. It’s one step in the event venue’s plans to open an ice cream and deli shop in the downstairs portion of the building on 707 E Washington St. Felicia Vestal, the events, property and marketing manager at The Veranda at Thornton Park, […]

Mosaic Hair Studio to open in Milk District

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | August 13, 2019

Mosaic Hair Studio and Blowout Bar has outgrown Ivanhoe Village. They have opted to open a second studio in the Milk District to expand. Mike Van den Abbeel, co-owner of Mosaic, said he opted to move to the Milk District because of its walkability and bike-friendliness. He also mentioned the benefits of being in the Orlando Main Streets Program. “I […]

Milk District businesses repurpose existing buildings

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | August 13, 2019

“Repair, not replace” has been the trend for newly opened businesses in the Milk District. Zac Alfson is the executive director of the Milk Street District and spent a portion of his time speaking at the State of the Milk about commercial buildings in the district that have been repurposed by their new tenants. He said Main Street Districts are […]

Community Spotlight: Rotary Club of Orlando’s new president

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | August 05, 2019

After serving as a member for 12 years, Bill Peeper will be made president of the Orlando Rotary Club on Aug. 1. It’s not the first time he’s been president of an organization, though. Peeper’s last stint was a 20-year career as the president of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). He, then, joined Orlando Rotary in 2007, […]

2019-08-01 E-Edition

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | August 02, 2019

There’s a new editor in town

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | August 02, 2019

I’m super excited to announce that on Sept. 1, the Downtown Community Paper will have a new editor, Tommy Cardinal. When I started this paper in September 2017, it was always my intention for the paper’s editor to be someone who was embedded in downtown life. I believe, for a community paper to have a heart, its editor needs to […]

Out and About: Fourth of July and Women’s World Cup watch party

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | July 24, 2019

Lake Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association August update

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | July 24, 2019

The quarterly meeting of the Lake Lawsona/Fern Creek Neighborhood Association was held on July 9. Orlando District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan briefed residents on plans by the Orlando Housing Authority to resettle renters of the Reeves Terrace Apartments while the 176 units of affordable housing are demolished and rebuilt. We reviewed the challenges of disrupting the existing after-school programs for […]

Bicycling safety in Downtown

By collegeparkpaper@gmail.com | July 24, 2019

Bicycling in Downtown Orlando has been exploding in popularity. That’s indicative by the new bike lanes, an expanded Orlando Urban Trail and Lime and HOPR (formerly Juice) bikes to rent. With the rise of a new pastime comes the need to know the rules of the road when it comes to safety. For Bicyclists When riding in the street, bicyclists […]