• Developer wants to build new high-rise tower in downtown Orlando

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - A developer wants to build a new high-rise in downtown Orlando along Central Boulevard.
     
    The 28-story tower is set to go up near the library on Lake Eola.
     
    The new building would go where another one already stands to house 215 multiple-family units and 25,000 square feet of commercial space.
     
    The building still will have to be approved by the city.
     
    "Definitely would not be in favor of that,” Windermere resident Bob Sprick said. "I hate to see the small business impacted. That particular 7-Eleven gets a lot of traffic. It’s a benefit to the immediate downtown area."
     
    The area houses some of the oldest buildings in the downtown area, dating back to the 1920s, but city officials said it’s not a historic district.

    "I think that would be sad. I walk with my two kids all the time and I don’t think it will look nice here down by the lake. I would not like to see that," Orlando resident Jennifer Jacoby said.
     
    City officials said there’s still a long way to go before it becomes a reality.
     
    There is a hearing Thursday during which a courtesy review committee will take a look at plans and tell the developer whether they are on the right track with their plans and what should be changed or not changed.
     


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