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Corrine Drive Planning Update

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Photo via Orlando Sentinel.

For years now people have been advocating for a better Corrine Drive. A road that was designed to transport military vehicles, including tanks, into a military base that is long gone needs an update for the twenty-first century. The five lanes, narrow on street parking and two plazas with shops set behind parking lots, give off an expansive feeling, encouraging drivers to speed on to their destinations. As Bungalower researched over a year ago, Corrine Drive is home to far too many traffic accidents and at least one fatality.

Enter Metroplan. Metroplan had been looking for a complete streets project to tackle in Central Florida and decided Corrine Drive was a good place to start.

What are complete streets? Complete streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.

With multiple governments interested and involved with Corrine Drive (Orange County owns the road, the City of Orlando is charged with maintaining the road, and the City of Winter Park also feels it has a stake in the road), Metroplan felt Corrine Drive would be a worthy case study. And how.

Metroplan’s first fact sheet was released last week to the public. In it, they address what they’ll be considering when studying Corrine Drive. According to Metroplan, their project objectives are to:

  • Enhance connectivity and accessibility between all modes of transportation, activity centers, and neighborhoods surrounding Corrine Drive
  • Create a safe and supportive environment for walking and cycling
  • Close gaps in regional bicycle infrastructure
  • Create a vision and plan to enhance the corridor without impacting residential neighborhoods

Metroplan will not only work with local government and other agencies such as Bike Walk Central Florida, but will conduct outreach to get input on what area stakeholders (residents, business owners, property owners and more) would like to see in an improved road.

The first public outreach will take place in Spring 2017, with a final report being issued in Spring 2018.

Follow APGD on Twitter and Facebook to get up-to-the-minute updates on this yearlong project.

 

 

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Orlando Main Street Restaurant Week

Going on now through August 13, 2016, Orlando Main Street Restaurant Week offers diners deals on the best food throughout Orlando, Florida. It’s a great way to sample your way through new dishes or just take advantage of these great offers on some of your favorite things.

Participating businesses in the Audubon Park Garden District include:

Blue Bird Bake Shop, 3122 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803

$5 – 2 Cookies and a large Iced or Hot Coffee

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Bikes Beans and Bordeaux Cafe, 3022 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803

$20 – Half Caesar Salad, Eggplant Parmesan with Pasta and Garlic Bread, Gelato with Biscotti

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La Femme du Fromage, 3201 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803

$20 – Pesto and Fresh Mozzarella Salad with Tomatoes and House-made Pesto, Cheese Course with either cheeses or cheese and charcuterie with fresh seasonal fruit, and Dessert Cheese and Cognac Fondue. Plus, happy hour pricing!

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Houndstooth Sauce Company, 3201 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803

Special 1

$12 – Any full sandwich on menu with a 8 oz. cup of soup and 8oz. side

Soup Choices

  • Vegan Curried Split Pea (gf)
  • Tomato Basil Bisque (v,gf)
  • Turkey Chili (gf)
  • Gazpacho (v,gf)

Side Choices

  • Greek Quinoa
  • Potato Salad
  • White BBQ Slaw
  • Pickle
  • Chips

Special 2

$2 Tacos 4 to 8
(From Bar Menu)

  • Brisket Taco -White bbq slaw, our red and white bbq sauces
  • Chicken Salad Taco – HT White BBQ chicken salad, diced cucumber
  • Sloppy Mo- Turkey Chili & Cheese

Pair with $2 off a draught beer from Local Roots.

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P is for Pie Bake Shop, 2806 Corrine Drive Orlando, FL 32803

$5 any sweet handpie and small coffee

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Book Reading: The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective

Orlando, Florida. Tuesday, July 26, another edition of There Will Be Words, Orlando’s beloved reading series, will celebrate the release of J. Bradley’s The Adventures of Jesus Christ Boy Detective. Hosted by Stardust Video and Coffee (1842 East Winter Park Road, Orlando, FL 32803), guests will enjoy special guests reading poems and stories involving religion. Readers include:

Teege Braune
Trevor Fraser
Whitney Hamrick
Brianne Manning
Jared Silvia

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Copies of The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective will be available to buy from Bookmark It. Bookmark It’s Audubon Park Garden District location is inside The Lovely Boutique Market, 2906 Corrine Drive Orlando FL 32803.

Hosted by Joe XO.

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New! Bubbles Bash Sip and Stroll

APGD puts on the best Bastille Day celebration in Orlando and it just got better for 2016. Sunday July 17, 2 – 5 p.m., enjoy the Audubon Park Garden District’s twist on a French themed sip and stroll for our Bastille Day Celebration weekend – the Bubbles Bash Sip and Stroll. This time we’re going heavy on the bubbles for a light and refreshing sip and stroll with bubbles, wine and craft beer. In addition we’ll have light bites along the way.

Multiple stops.

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Tickets for this event are just $20 advance, $15 for APGD members. Order online now. Add on another $5 and get one of our fun little bird logo glasses. Not a member yet? You can join now and save on all of our ticketed events year round.

Glass pick up and check in the day of the event is at East End Market 3201 Corrine Drive Orlando FL 32803.

And if you really want a fun-filled APGD weekend, you can buy a weekend pass. The weekend pass gets you into to this sip and stroll and our wine and cheese pairing class Saturday evening. It’s just $49.95 in advance for both events, $44.95 in advance for APGD members.

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This is a fundraiser to benefit the Audubon Park Garden District and support its mission to become an economically, environmentally and culturally sustainable community.

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

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Bastille Day Wine and Cheese, Please

Join us for Orlando’s best wine and cheese tasting, the Audubon Park Garden District’s Fifth Annual Wine and Cheese Pairing. Saturday, July 16, we’ll celebrate the culinary glory of France with pairings of beautiful cheeses with the bounty of vineyards.

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Chef Tonda Corrente of La Femme du Fromage will guide tasters from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. through a tasting that is unique to APGD. Doors open at 4:30 (1603 East Winter Park Road, Orlando, FL 32803), whereupon ticket holders will also enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne.

Marie Antoinette will make an appearance again this year, everyone will receive a sweet at the end of the pairing and all advance ticket holders will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of free passes to our Bubbles Sip and Stroll for Sunday July 17th.

Advance tickets for this special event are just $40 General Admission and $35 for APGD Members. Not a member yet? Join now to enjoy savings all year.

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The Fifth Annual Wine and Cheese Pairing is a fundraiser for the Audubon Park Garden District and supports its efforts to be an economically, environmentally and culturally sustainable community in the heart of Central Florida.

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

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Audubon Outdoor Art Gallery

It seems only fitting that for the Audubon Park Garden District’s first full scale public art project, we would focus on birds. Thanks to a Mayor’s Matching Grant we received, APGD is launching phase one of its Audubon Outdoor Art Gallery. Our goal is to commission the best artists in Orlando to create murals depicting all 36 Florida birds on the endangered and threatened species lists. Each artist is free to focus on just one bird or can incorporate other birds on the list, as well.

Phase one provides enough funding to complete two traffic signal boxes, one dumpster, one large mural and three smaller murals. As additional grants and donations are acquired, more paintings will be commissioned and completed.

The Audubon Outdoor Art Gallery will bolster beauty and creativity in APGD; support and promote local artists and local business; educate the public on Florida birds and conservation; and encourage healthy living by creating reasons for people to bike and walk in the area. This project also fulfills the Community Identity benchmark in the ecodistrict protocols. It will create beautiful spaces that are accessible to all.

The call for artists will be released shortly. Please check back to our website and be sure and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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APGD Named Great American Main Street 2016

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The National Main Street Center, Inc. announced Monday, May 23, that the Audubon Park Garden District in Orlando, Florida has been chosen as a 2016 Great American Main Street Award® (GAMSA) winner. Audubon Park Garden District (APGD) received the award at the 2016 Main Street Now Conference held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Established in 2008 and inspired by Audubon Park pioneer Stardust Video and Coffee (1842 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando FL), APGD developed a unique and creative program.

The area is now flourishing with small businesses, pollinator plantings and events that stand in stark contrast to bland suburban sprawl. With the Main Street Approach as its guide, Audubon Park Garden District has emerged as a hip place to be. The redevelopment of a foreclosed church into the nationally recognized food and culture hub East End Market (3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando FL 32803), a thriving shopping and dining scene with award winning businesses and a retro modern home tour are just a few of the attractions that make this neighborhood one of America’s best.

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Photo by Tipso Photography.

“Audubon Park is to be commended for reinventing itself as the home of several destination-worthy small businesses and the epicenter of Orlando’s good food movement, while also pioneering green practices for businesses and commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “APGD’s skill in providing low-cost, high-touch support to its small businesses has paid huge dividends, driving retail vacancy rates to just 2 percent. They should take great pride in creating such an inviting place for people to live, shop, and open businesses.”

APGD will celebrate this national recognition throughout the rest of 2016 and into 2017 with a variety of programming, beginning with a district wide community appreciation day Saturday June 18, 2016. See our video here.

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

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Mid Century Modern, Retro and Classically Modern Homes Wanted Now

Do you have a mid century modern, vintage, retro or classically modern home in the Audubon Park Garden District area? So – Audubon Park, Coytown, Colonialtown North, Merritt Park, Northwood Terrace, unincorporated Orange County or south Winter Park? Then we want to hear from you because we’re looking for homes for next year’s Retro Modern Home Tour.

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Photo by Thuyvi Gates.

Yes, APGD’s Retro Modern Home Tour returns February 18, 2017 and we’re looking for homeowners who are willing to open their home to the public for this chic, stylish event. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your gorgeous home off to others, get professional photography of your house, and help your community out at the same time. All proceeds from the home tour benefits the Garden District’s mission to create a sustainable community in the heart of Central Florida. All participating homeowners will receive a gift bag as our thanks, as well as gift certificates from some of Central Florida’s best food purveyors and an invitation to the tour’s after party at East End Market.

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Photo by Thuyvi Gates.

Please send inquiries to RetroModernHomeTour@gmail.com for more information.

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Photo by Thuyvi Gates.

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Celebrating Local Food and Drink Purveyors

Many thanks to the sponsors of our Second Annual Eat Local, Sip Local Stroll: Farm-Haus, Buttermilk Bakery, Wild Ocean Seafood, Hinckley’s Fancy Meats, La Femme du Fromage, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, Bikes Beans & Bordeaux Cafe, Fatto in Casa, Houndstooth Sauce Company, Fresh 24, P is For Pie and Local Roots.

Ticket holders to this stroll enjoyed:

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Farm-Haus parsnip purée with Lineage coffee rubbed steak, a chimichurri sauce, garnished with local heirloom cauliflower & brussels leaves. Served with Phenolia (Canada) – a silky red blend with intense notes of red fruits and spices.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

P is for Pie’s Fig with honey goat cheese and rosemary infused marcona almonds in a buttery and flaky hand pie crust. Served with Picpoul de Pinet (France), a delicate, fresh wine with hints of hawthorn blossom.

Wild Ocean Seafood’s yellowfin salad. Caught by indie fishermen off the coast of Florida, the yellowfin is paired with Terrapin Recreation Ale (Athens Georgia) – a light malty beer, with hints of citrus. day nights at the Audubon Park Community Market. WildOceanMarket.com

Keel and Curley Mad Man Hard Apple Cider (Plant City). Golden, with overtones of crisp green apple.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Kiwi Cuvee Chardonney (France), with notes of nicely ripe white fruit and dry fruit along with aromas of vanilla and toast.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

The artisanal bakers at Buttermilk Bakery offered cheesy rye gougeres, paired with Hand Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa); peppery, with notes of dark fruits.

Array of Sunchowder’s Emporia handcrafted pickled green beans, mushrooms and more. With Sierra Nevada Nooner, a classic German-style pilsner with spicy and floral whole-cone hops.

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Bikes Beans & Bordeaux Café’s Tuna crudo – Ahi tuna topped with a soy sauce and wasabi foam, toasted black sesame seeds and garnished local micro greens. Paired with Cono Sur Bicicleta Sauvignon Blanc (Chile) – citrus notes of grapefruit and green apple, with faint herbal hints, finished with mineral notes.

Freshly baked Olde Hearth Bread Company pretzels served with honey mustard and paired with Fat Tire Amber’s flavors of buttery caramel malts, peppery hops and minerals.

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Releaf Shiraz Cabernet Merlot (South Africa). This organically grown, fair trade certified wine is a balanced, earthy blend made from handpicked grapes.

Fatto in Casa’s Lavender Drops and Fior di Fragola Cookies. Paired with Monte Clavijo (Spain), noted for its conspicuous notes of green apples, lemon lime and fresh white fruit.

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Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

A sampling of Houndstooth Sauce Company’s delectable comfort food – handmade pimiento cheese, as well as their sublime chicken salad – both served open face atop Olde Heart Bread Company French bread toasts. Served with Lagunitas IPA; sweet and malty, with suggestions of pine.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Fatto In Casa’s almond bundt cake bites. Served with Berberana Gran Tradicion Brut Rose Cava (Spain), a balanced medium bodied sparkling wine with floral notes and a hint of raspberry.

La Femme Du Fromage’s Fromager d’Affinois, a French double-cream soft cheese made from cow’s milk, similar to Brie, except that the milk is ultrafiltrated first. With Keel and Curley Mad Man Hard Apple Cider. Based in Plant City, Florida, Keel and Curley makes their cider from fresh Pennsylvania apples – crisp with a bit of sweetness.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Photo by Steven Miller Photography.

Subdivisions Pilsner by Red Cypress Brewery paired with rich, spicy Tasso Ham from Hinckley’s Fancy Meats. This crisp simple malt lager is spiced with Saaz hops and is microbrewed in Winter Springs. Hinckley’s Fancy Meats is owned by Chef Matt Hinckley, formerly of Box Park in Miami and Michelin-starred PUBLIC in NYC. Hinckley meats are available exclusively at Local Roots.

The Audubon Park Garden District has more Eat Local Sip Local Strolls in the works, so be sure and check back often for updates.

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Protected Bike Path Coming to APGD

Good news everybody. The City of Orlando is creating an “off-street bike lane” on the east side of Bumby, from Rosedale to Corrine, which will be open in Spring 2017. This ten foot wide multipurpose asphalt path will be in the City’s right of way and will separate bicyclists, pedestrians and others from traffic by a streetscape.

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City of Orlando’s rendering.

I’ve reached out to the City’s Public Works, Green Works and Economic Development departments to see how APGD’s EcoDistrict Team can be involved in the selection of plants to be planted along this path. It is the perfect opportunity to create another pollinator pathway in our area and help further our efforts to become a National Wildlife Certified Wildlife Habitat Community.

Many thanks to the City for all their work on this forward thinking, people centered design. And thanks, too, to the people who continue to advocate for complete streets in Central Florida.