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Move 60 Challenge

March 1st – April 29th

Get Moving, Have Fun and Win Prizes!

Be part of the MOVEment! Walk. Bike. Swim. Dance. Garden. Do yoga… Just get moving for 60 days!

And when you do, you’re entered to win great weekly prizes like mini-memberships to RDV Sportsplex, Fitbits, restaurant and movie gift certificates and more!

It’s Free, Fun and Easy. Register as an Individual or recruit a team of friends, co-workers, school/PTO parents or your faith community.

Free T-shirt and Timex Pedometer – Every registered participant will receive a super soft, free T-shirt and Timex pedometer while supplies last. And, everyone who participates is eligible for great weekly prize drawings. Win great health, more fun and great prizes – simply for being active.

Once you register, you’ll receive an automatic email reply acknowledging your registration. Bring your phone or print out that receipt as proof of registration to receive your t-shirt and/or pedometer.

T-SHIRT/PEDOMETER PICK UP LOCATIONS:

  • Orlando: Track Shack
  • Winter Park: Winter Park Public Library, Winter Park Farmer’s Market (Saturday, Feb. 25 ONLY 7am – 1 pm)
  • Maitland: Maitland Public Library, RDV Sportsplex, Maitland Farmer’s Market (Sunday, Feb. 26 ONLY 9 am – 2 pm)
  • Eatonville: Healthy Eatonville Place

Join together as we become the healthiest community in the nation and Get Moving!

Special thanks to Healthy Central Florida Move60 sponsors – Florida Blue, Winter Park Health Foundation, Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.

Join Move60 to walk, get fit, have fun and win prizes!

Florida Hospital’s Gourmet Soiree with Food Network’s Chef Robert Irvine on June 5

Have you ever watched shows like Top Chef, Master Chef, Iron Chef and any other food contests with chef in the title and thought “I could do that”, maybe following a recipe, like one of these 8 Delicious Pressure Cooker Recipes You Haven’t Tried Before. Well this weekend at the Florida Hospital Gourmet Soiree, you can!

On June 5th at Rosen Shingle Creek, Food Network’s Chef Robert Irvine will host over 70 of Central Florida’s top chefs as they compete for the coveted Gourmet Soiree Silver Fork Award.  Your ticket to the event qualifies you as their sous chef!

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Your table of 10 and assigned Chef will conceptualize a healthy dish from a pantry of ingredients provided by Whole Foods. A presentation plate will then be judged by four celebrity guest judges prior to being judged on taste by Robert Irvine himself.

I had an opportunity to participate in a sneak preview event that gave me a small taste, an amuse bouche, if you will, of the big night.13221615_10154067972262707_4698264850060514429_n

To sum it up, the experience was thrilling, exciting, educational, harder than it looks on tv, and so much more delicious too.

My small group was assigned to Chef Jose Gonzalez from Cuba Libre at Pointe Orlando and we were to prepare a dish using tofu. Chef wasted no time in delegating assignments. He gave us an overall plan and it was up to us to fetch the ingredients, prepare, cook and assemble.  What followed was the shortest 45 mins of my life and a retraction of my tofu dislike.

Our team created a BBQ tofu dish with an accompanying salad that won over the judges and secured our win against the other team’s chicken risotto.

When you attend the Florida Hospital Gourmet Soiree, not only will you have a good time, but you’ll be doing good as well.  The event will support Florida Hospital for Children’s vital Health and Wellness Initiatives – Community programs like Mission: fit Possible in our Central Florida Schools, CREATION U in surrounding churches, Dr. Angela Fals’ weight management program and the patient focused CREATION Kids Kamp — all teach children good eating habits and healthy life choices in fun, kid friendly ways.

For more information including tickets and pricing, visit http://fhgourmetsoiree.com.

ProTip: To get a sneak peek at the wonderful live and silent auction items, and register ahead of time, go to https://qtego.net/qlink/gourmetsoiree and download the Qtego app!

Top Five Orlando Food Galas

The Orlando food scene is thriving! Foodies have their pick of interesting flavors to sample, creative chefs to follow and outstanding venues in which to visit. A couple of food galas on the horizon combine the food and chef portions into one location. You can visit BobEvans.com for more information about foods. Here are my Top Five food events coming up soon where guests can sample a variety of delicious food and drink (and usually can support a great cause at the same time)!

1) Cattle Barons’ Ball (April 16 at Rosen Shingle Creek)

I had the chance of attending this great event last year and all I can say is Yeehaw! The Cattle Barrons and the American Cancer Society sure know how to put on a spread. Restaurants including Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Emeril’s Tchoup Choup, Empress Sissy Bakery, The Whisky, Spencer’s For Steaks, and A Land Remembered at Shingle Creek are a tiny sampling of the HUGE great offerings this year.

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Curbside Food Truck’s Asian Pork Slider

Some of my favorite dishes from last year included Yak & Yeti’s Korean braised short ribs over grits with kimchi slaw and the braised Asian short-ribs with “truck”-made pickled cucumbers with balsamic fig reduction from Curbside Food Truck. (Note: I have a thing for braised beef short-ribs AND huy fong sriracha. You, too?!)

Cattle Barons Ball is generously sponsored by: A.T.A.P Companies, Coca-Cola, Bags, Bright House Networks Business Solutions, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Tavistock Foundation to name just a few. My mother is a breast cancer survivor, so this event is near and dear to my heart.

 

 

 

2) The Taste at I-Drive 360 (May 1)

Formerly held at Pointe Orlando, The Taste at I-Drive 360 has moved to usher in a round of new flavors and fun. This brand-new location will offer lots of new food choices to enjoy. Stroll around Orlando’s newest observation tower and neighboring attractions while nibbling on treats from: Sugar Factory, Tin Roof, Cowgirls, Shake Shack, Naru Sushi Bar, Paramount Fine Foods, Outback Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings and Tapa Toro.

Taste at I-Drive 360
Since this is the inaugural event at this location, my recommendation is based on visiting just about every location in the line-up with special favorites the Mediterranean food from Paramount, Sweets, Treats and Eats from Sugar Factory, and Shake Shack’s burgers and (YUM) their cheese fries. While I’m not sure what they’re offering for The Taste at I-Drive, I’m confident that they, and all the participating restaurants, will do themselves proud.

Taste at I-Drive 360 benefits the Esophageal Cancer Program at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. There are close to 17,000 diagnosis of Esophageal Cancer projected in 2016. If you have frequent reflux, talk to your doctor. Prevention is the key and there ARE steps you can take to prevent this disease. To learn more, visit www.floridahospital.com/esophageal-cancer.  Purchase advance tickets for $35 at www.TasteatIDrive360.com, $40 at the door day-of or Email Ayslinn.Husebo@FLHosp.org for ticket packages and sponsorships.

Insider tip: If you haven’t visited the attractions at I-Drive 360, this will be the perfect opportunity. Ticket holders for The Tast at I-Drive 360 can enjoy 25% off the attractions there all day!

 

3) Taste of the Nation (August 27 at Orlando World Center Marriott )

As a Social Media Ambassador to this incredible foodie fete, I can say wholeheartedly that visitors will enjoy tasting their way around exciting offerings from SO many restaurants, including ones from top resorts and travel destinations. From selections by Universal Orlando Resorts and Fulton’s Crab House at Disney Springs, to MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort and Resort and Highball and Harvest at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the “tastes” are varied.

#OrlTaste #NoKidHungryDon’t forget: Wear comfortable shoes and pace yourself! You’ll need a plan of attack as there are “that” many places to try, not just food either. Beverage suppliers like Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Winter Park Distilling Company, Funky Buddha, and Quantum Leap ensure no one leaves (shall we say…) thirsty.

I was a hungry child in Orlando, so knowing this event supports Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is another fine reason I support . Additional beneficiaries include the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Florida Impact. Talk about a Win/Win situation.

4) Gourmet Soiree (June 5 at Rosen Shingle Creek)

Even if I wasn’t intimately involved with this event, I’d still declare it to be one of the most fun food events I’ve ever been to. It’s the “anti-gala” in that you don’t have to get “fancified” to attend. Chefs from the best restaurants in town cook right at your table, and guests become “sous chefs” for the night preparing meals with Whole Foods hosted by Food Network celebrity and chef Robert Irvine, Gourmet Soiree is a high-energy night of fun and food held at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek.

Chef Robert Irvine hosts Gourmet Soiree and it's all for the kids!

Chef Robert Irvine hosts Gourmet Soiree and it’s all for the kids!

Kids as well as adults are welcome to attend this fundraiser for Mission: Fit Possible and other programs for Florida Hospital Foundation. Last year my (then) 8-year-old and his pal Lucy enjoyed “hunting” down our table’s requested ingredients and preparing them. We all had a blast talking, sharing, laughing and eating. If you’re not into formal galas, this is the one for you. And if you DO want to get all formal for it, well no one would judge. It’s quite relaxed with the goal of having fun and raising funds for community outreach programs and health initiatives.

Favorite chefs of mine participating include Emily Ellyn, the Retro Rad diva and winner of Cutthroat Kitchen, Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant and new this year Val Domingo of NOVA Scratch Kitchen. Sure to bring his A game, too, is Tello Luna, head chef for Rosen Hotel’s Centre (who’s a two-time winner at this event!).

5) United Way’s Chef’s Gala (May 21 at Walt Disney World Resort)

A chocolate garden, courtesy The Ganachery

A chocolate garden, courtesy The Ganachery

Though I haven’t attended this event previously, I was invited to a sneak peek preview tasting. Speaking of “peek,” Chef Vegel of JW Marriott’s Primo served up Peeky Toe Crab Salad, and Waldorf Astoria’s Bull & Bear offered a Syrah Wine Braised Beef Short Rib (my favorite item of the day. Talk about tender and rich!). Thank you Chef Lebas!

The theme for the event is “You’ve Got To Try This,” and if the preview is any indication, you’ll be uttering those very words over and over May 21! Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you dive in to the exquisite savory selections AND when you get dessert from the likes of The Ganachery who served us a chocolate garden plated with cocoa almonds, salted caramel macaroon, raspberry ganache square, pistachio ganache square, Kalamansi curd and white chocolate krispies. I’m drooling here just TYPING this!

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Want to win tickets to Chef’s Gala? They’re holding a Social Media Contest. Followers and fans can win two tickets (a $300 value).

To enter: Create a 60-second video on why you support United Way and post it using the hashtag #ChefsGala2016 and tag Heart of Florida United Way on Facebook and @HFUW on Twitter. Post by April 29th for a chance to win. Winner will be announced May 13. (Good luck!)

United Way’s largest fundraiser, Chef’s Gala, supports programs that help thousands of Central Floridians in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs.

The bottom line is: If  you don’t have the ability to visit the top 50 restaurants in person over the next couple of months, these galas bring their tastes to you. Buy a ticket, enjoy some of the best food and drink Central Florida has to offer, and feel good that you’re changing lives while expanding your culinary repertoire.

OUC Orlando Half Marathon & Track Shack Lake Eola 5k

One of the Southeast’s top road race events, now in its 39th year, winds through scenic Downtown Orlando and beautiful Lake Eola. You will join over 6,000 runners for this Orlando tradition and enjoy live music along the course. Discover the City Beautiful and the fun beyond the run…

www.orlandohalfmarathon.com

Date, Time & Location

Saturday, December 5, 2015
7:30 am: Half Marathon Start
7:40 am: 5k Start
Lake Eola
Orlando, FL

About the Event

One of the Southeast’s top road race events, now in its 39th year, winds through scenic Downtown Orlando and beautiful Lake Eola. You will join over 6,000 runners for this Orlando tradition and enjoy live music along the course. Discover the City Beautiful and the fun beyond the run…
Registration is limited to 4,500 entrants in the half marathon and 2,000 in the 5k. Register today!

Event Highlights

Run Orlando Merchandise

Get ready for the 2015 OUC Orlando Half Marathon! Order your Run Orlando apparel and headwear to train in style. New designs and colors available for immediate purchase.

Post Race Party

  • Registered participants (over age 21) receive two Michelob Ultra drink vouchers.

  • Florida Dairy Farmers will serve up ice cold chocolate milk while supplies last along with post race towel.
  • Get “ICED by Florida Hospital” in the Cool Zone.
  • Refreshments from Publix, where shopping is a Pleasure.

Event Photography

Be sure to wear your bib number on the front using all four pins so that it’s visible to photographers! Visit www.bbactionphoto.com to view race day photos. Participants will be notified by email when photos are ready for viewing!


Restrictions

For safety reasons, bicycles, roller skates, inline skates, and dogs will be prohibited from the race. The use of headphones is discouraged.

Walker Friendly Events

Keeping Central Florida Fit is our mission. Walkers are encouraged to participate in all Track Shack races. Municipalities require that road ways are clear of participants and opened as soon as the race is complete. That is why a maximum pace of 15 minutes per mile is set. If the pace isn’t maintained, race officials will ask you to move to the sidewalk to re-open the roadways.

Stroller Restrictions

Participants with baby joggers or strollers must start behind designated stroller signage and are REQUIRED to walk/jog no faster than 15 minute per mile in the 5k ONLY; stroller/jogger operators may not weave through packs of runners, and must always yield the right of way to other runners. Failure to comply will result in deletion from official race results and disqualification from participating with a stroller in future events.

U Can Finish 5 Miler & 2 Mile Presented by Florida Hospital

Join us at the beautiful University of Central Florida campus for a morning of fun, fitness and action. Runners, walkers, alumni and students- the 3rd race of the Track Shack Running Series captures it all. The race entry includes a UCF Football Game ticket.

Date, Time & Location

Sunday, October 18, 2015
7:30 am: 2 Mile
8:00 am: 5 Miler
8:40 am: 2 Mile Awards Ceremony
9:15 am: 5 Miler Awards Ceremony
9:30 am: Healthy Kids’ Run

Brighthouse Stadium
4465 Knights Victory Way
Orlando, FL 32816

About this Race

Join us at the beautiful University of Central Florida campus for a morning of fun, fitness and action. Runners, walkers, alumni and students- the 3rd race of the Track Shack Running Series captures it all. The race entry includes a UCF Football Game ticket. GO Black and Gold!

Event Highlights

• Let the pros at Florida Hospital treat you like a pro
• Run through the Bright House Stadium!
• UCF football game ticket
• 5 Miler Finisher’s Medal
• Distance Dare
• FREE Florida Hospital for Children Kids’ Run
• Chip Timed


Safety is our first priority!

Bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, and dogs will be prohibited from the race course. The use of headphones is discouraged.

Walker Friendly Events

Keeping Central Florida Fit is our mission. Walkers are encouraged to participate in all Track Shack races. Municipalities require that road ways are clear of participants and opened as soon as the race is complete. That is why a maximum pace of 16 minutes per mile is set. If the pace isn’t maintained, race officials will ask you to move to the sidewalk to re-open the roadways.

Stroller Restrictions

• Stroller/jogger operators start behind designated stroller signage in the 2 mile ONLY.
• Stroller/jogger operators may walk/jog no faster than 15 minute per mile, a safe operating speed. If your speed goes faster than 15 minutes per mile pace, you may be disqualified.
• Stroller/jogger operators must yield the right of way to runners. Stroller/Joggers can tip easily and cannot turn quickly. Please do not weave through packs of runners.

Rock n’ Run 5k Presented by Florida Hospital

Rock n’ roll reigns supreme at the 2nd race of the Track Shack Running Series! The Rock n’ Run 5k features the high energy, live music runners and walkers love.

Bands will battle it out along course for best band with post-race entertainment and beer refreshment.

Free kids run.

Track Shack’s Celebration of Running 5k Presented by Florida Hospital

Track Shack’s 23rd Annual Celebration of Running 5k kicks off the Florida running season, the anniversary of Track Shack Running Series and the Store. The Series and the Store have been around for 38 years!

5k participants receive a gender specific tech tee, discount to the Orlando Science Center and more. 5k finishers receive a medal.

Free kids run

Kids Urgent Care Grand Opening

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Families can expect to enjoy a live animal experience, rock wall climbing, chalk art, face painting, snacks and sno-cones and even Kids Urgent Care’s very own doll doctor who will be on hand to stitch up any sick dolls and teddy bears the kids might want to bring along.

Top 5 Development Projects of 2014

By Ken Storey

We saw plenty of new additions and developments in Orlando in 2013 but 2014 looks to be an even bigger deal.  With projects downtown like two new mid-rises at the corner of Orange and Colonial, new developments up and down I-Drive, and huge new apartment towers opening near UCF there are plenty of developments opening in 2014.

Here is our list of the Top 5 development projects for 2014.  While not an extensive list or in an particular order this list marks what we think will be the biggest impacts upon the region as a whole.

# 1 I-4 Ultimate Expansion

This project won’t be finished until 2020.  Even though the finished project is still 6 to 8 year away but in 2014 this long awaited project will finally break ground.  That beginning of construction will signal one of the biggest changes in local transportation.

While most of the focus has been on the new congestion based tolling lanes that will be added to the center of the road what may end up being the most prevalent change is the design aspects of the new road.

Orlando is adding an impressive welcoming gateway along the Lake Ivanhoe bridge.  The new gateway will help signal downtown Orlando to passing motorist while also helping emphasize the beautiful lakes that are found on the northern end the downtown urban area.

Other bridges in Orlando will feature images of swans and the Lake Eola fountain stamped in the concrete underpasses.  Pedestrian access under I-4 will also be improved at many of these rebuilt bridges.

In Winter Park the Fairbanks bridge will be upgraded to feature large welcome signs to the city, new lighting, and new exit ramps.

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Image via City of Winter Park City Commission Agenda Packet 4-08-13

In Maitland a new pedestrian overpass will allow for better access to the west side office district.  Maitland Boulevard will also be dramatically rebuilt as part of the I-4 remodel.  This will ultimately make Maitland Boulevard more of a limited access highway helping traffic flow that’s passing through from I-4 to the newer toll road to the west of the city.

On the southern end of the I-4 construction a new flyover bridge will help connect International Drive to the hotel area just to the east of Universal Studios. This will help alleviate traffic from Kirkman Boulevard and parts of I-Drive.

Altogether the I-4 ultimate project will help bring a not only a new welcoming I-4 to the region but also help improve all those other roads and pedestrian thoroughfares that interact with it.  And 2014 will be the beginning of this major transition for the region.

 #2 SunRail Opening

I-4 might end up being one of the biggest transit stories but the one that will bring about the biggest changes, at least in this decade, will be the opening of SunRail.  This new rail commuter system is just the first phase of a larger web of commuter rail lines proposed for the region but don’t mistake this first step for anything small.  This is the first major non-bus transit system that the region has ever seen.

While it isn’t perfect (it has limited hours, only goes north south, doesn’t run on weekends, and many stations are bare of any retail) this new rail system will do more for the mindsets of locals.  Studies show that many people aren’t as open to riding bus systems but the commitment of rail lines seems to change mindsets, encouraging investments in developments nearby and encouraging higher income ridership. With free Wifi, comfortable seating, and nice covered waiting areas those who use SunRail will hopefully tell their friends, who will be sitting in that construction on I-4 by this point.  The idea is SunRail will launch in spring with I-4 construction launching in summer, which will push drivers fed up with the highway construction to the new commuter rail system.  Then by 2020 when I-4 finishes its massive surgery some of those SunRail riders will stay with the easier commuter system.

SunRail also provides a rail alternative for tourists to move around downtown and an airport connector is in talks now.  With a connector to OIA tourists would be able to easily visit downtown Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, and all the others sights easily accessible from the stations.

While much of the focus will be on the launch of SunRail I’m a bit hesitant to declare it a success until more lines (or at least Phase 2) opens in the coming years.  Until then this system will be not much more than a novelty option for daily commuters.   Let’s hope the ridership numbers open high encouraging the fast tracking of other systems, such as the Orange Blossom Express, that will be key to ultimately making a Central Florida rail system a true success.

#3 Orlando Eye

A new observation wheel might not sound like that big of a deal but when it’s tied (with The Vue at Lake Eola) as the third tallest structure in the entire county it quickly becomes a big deal, only the SunTrust Tower and the Peabody Expansion tower (now Hyatt Regency) are taller.  Topping in at 425 feet tall the new Orlando Eye will forever change the skyline of the tourist district forever.   The wheel, with 30 gondolas itself can hold 450 riders at a time and can withhold winds from Category 3 hurricane.

The new wheel is part a larger entertainment development that will transform a large chunk of I-Drive.  The development, previously known as I-Drive Live but recently changed to reflect the Orlando Eye name, will feature a nearly half a dozen attractions.  Orlando’s first Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and our first SeaLife Aquarium, the first true aquarium attraction outside of a theme park in Orlando.  The ever popular Titanic: The Experience attraction will also be making the half mile move from its current location to the new development.  It will be joined by the Bodies Exhibit (not the same as The Body exhibit on display near the current home of Titanic).

The development “urbanistic,” “metropolitan” attraction, as described by developer Unicorp’s president Chuck Whittall, will also feature a number of new restaurants and retail options.  Some are familiar brands such as; Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Yard House, Ben & Jerry’s, Seafood Republic.  New to Orlando concepts such as; Cowgirls country bar, Dick’s Last Resort (Orlando’s first location just opened on Vineland Ave last month), popular Las Vegas and New York spot Sugar Factory, and Tin Roof.

Next door the I-Shops development, also by Unicorp, will bring in even more new restaurants and shops, including a new Walgreens and I-Drive’s second Wawa.  The developments are both designed to be pedestrian friendly and with plenty of parking.

The Orlando Eye will act as a ‘weenie’ pulling tourist off the interstate and onto I-Drive.  Expect convention goers, tourists, and plenty of local events planned at this massive new development.  Plus all those visits up in the air means all of them seeing the downtown skyline in the distance.  The impact on the tourist corridor skyline along with all the new attractions at the wheels base puts it on this year’s list.

Orlando Eye overview

Image via UnicorpUSA.com

#4  Diagon Alley at USF

Sure a new family friendly mine coaster can be fun but it’s not a game changer like this new expansion at Universal Studios is.  There’s no denying that once Potter arrived the entire tourism industry in Central Florida changed.  This mega-franchise suddenly meant that all those families who were on Disney only vacations suddenly added one or even two days off property at Universal.  That meant they went other places off property as well, including I-Drive.

This single addition, along with the dust finally setting on the chaotic ownership issues that plagued Universal for years, meant that suddenly the parks were experiencing attention like that hadn’t seen in years.  Soon after we saw Universal Studios, which was starting to age some, get plenty of new attention.  Springfield updated one the worst themed parts of the park into one of the best.  Transformers added a major E-Ticket ride to a plot of land that had seen a number of failed (and let’s admit it, boring) shows had been housed.  This, along with the ever popular Despicable Me franchise, meant that this park, as old as Disney’s Hollywood Studios park.  Add a new daytime parade and a new impressive evening firework show and what was an afterthought for many tourist has suddenly become a major player when tourist are planning their vacation.

Jump to June 2014 and the boy wizard who started it all is growing but this time not at Islands of Adventure, next door at Universal Studios.  This is the first growth plan put in place to this top franchise that Universal has been able to do since it first came.  Replacing the Amity Harbor section of the park will be the Diagon Alley section of London from the Potter films.  The shoreline now has the London waterfront.  A massive new roller coaster themed around Gingott’s Bank vault is planned. Plenty of new interactive shops and a Leaky Cauldron restaurant.

The biggest news coming from this new section of Universal Studios is likely the unique Hogwarts Express train ride that will connect to the pre-existing Hogsmeade Village land found in neighboring Islands of Adventure.  Instead of looking outside riders will look out virtual train windows.  This ride will be the first of its kind in the world connecting two theme parks from within the parks themselves.  The ride will essentially connect the backside of Islands of Adventure to the backside of Universal Studios.

The new Diagon Alley addition it expected to bring an influx of guests to Universal Studios, pulling even more people to Orlando.  That means that all those new tourists will be passing the Orlando Eye observation wheel and the rest of I-Drive, at least some of them will get off the interstate to visit I-Drive and possibly even other parts of the city.  That plus plenty of new media attention with the opening of this new section of Universal Studios puts it on this Top 5.

# 5  Florida Hospital Health Village

Topping off our list of Top 5 local projects of 2014 is the Florida Hospital Health Village.  It’s been in the works for years and will surely take more than a year to finish but 2014 will see it come into its own.  The Medical Office Building at the corner of Rollins and Orange Ave saw the first of its bottom floor retail open this past year including the opening of the Panera Bread.  In 2014 we’ll see the Health Village’s SunRail station open.  Directly beside the SunRail station a new tower will open as well.  This new 9-story, 90,000sq ft office building has already had an impact on the local skyline.  In February when it finally opens it will also shift plenty of jobs to the health village.  The tower will be home to some office for Florida Hospital’s parent company, Adventist Health System.

The residential unit of the health village will also see a major improvement in 2014 when The Ivy Residences opens.  This 248-unit, five-story apartment complex has already had an impact on the views from I-4.  The additional residents should also help improve the outlook for retail planned in the health village.  Preleasing has already begun and the first residents will move in starting in March.

The Florida Hospital for Women tower will be rising in 2014.  A crane inspection is already on site for the new tower.  At 12-stories tall, it will be nearly as tall on the 15-story Ginsburg Tower, the iconic tower of the entire village.  The new women’s tower won’t open until next year but we’ll see the majority of the tower built and finished in 2014.  This $240 million will add 332 beds to the health village.  It also adds another tower visible from downtown and I-4, helping create a layering effect in the skyline of Florida Hospital’s Health Village.

In 2014 the health village will being adding new residents, new towers, new retail, and will quickly become a dense, livable northern most district of Orlando.

Florida Hospital Planning Huge New Coworking Space in Ivanhoe Village?

In what will be one of the largest moves yet in the local coworking office scene Florida Hospital is rumored to be working on launching their own coworking space.  New details of the rumored project have been shared with  CFlTop5.

Based out of the 86-year-old Princeton Warehouse the new coworking space will be one of Central Florida’s largest with the majority of the 35,000 sq ft building devoted to the new venture.  The coworking office will take on the historic name of the building and be known as the Princeton Warehouse.  Located on Princeton just east of Orange Ave the warehouse will be an easy walk from Florida Hospital’s new SunRail station and the rest of their Health Village.  Internally at Florida Hospital the project has been known The Grove Project.

College Park’s nonprofit coffee shop Credo will oversee much of the day-to-day operations of the new space.  Credo has seen a rise in the number of guest who use the small coffee shop as a daily office.  This new facility will allow them to offer a more office like setting for those who choice it.  A full satellite location of Credo will be within the new space offering much of the same menu as the original.

While Credo will oversee much of the ambiance of the new office a community manager will oversee community member relations.  The space will function as both a community meeting space and an office for startups to use.  Similar to other coworking spaces in town Princeton Warehouse will offer different membership levels.  Along with a basic membership small office suites will be available.  The new coworking space will be designed for members to socialize with current staff at Florida Hospital through talks, book clubs and other events planned for the new space.

One group of the new coworking space will be targeted by the Contractor’s bond – contractorbond.org working with Florida Hospital who are  too small for their own office in the new Health Village.  One concern being worked out before the new facility opens next year is to ensure the right diversity of occupations fill the space to create good calibration between members.

The project is aiming for a mid-2014 launch with an official announcement from Florida Hospital and Credo in the coming weeks.

This is just one of three major new coworking spaces planning to launch in Central Florida over the next year.

Florida Hospital Breaks Ground on New Winter Garden Campus

With Horizon West waking back up and Winter Garden becoming one of Central Florida’s most popular hot spots the area was in desperate need for a new medical facility.  Florida Hospital broke ground on its new $65 million Winter Garden facility on in September.  The new three-story, 75,000 sq ft facility is slated to open Winter 2014, well the first floor of it.  That floor will feature an emergency department and outpatient imaging.  The two additional floors, which are slated to open in 2015, will feature an outpatient surgery centers, for medical emergencies, although if you’re looking more of a cosmetic surgery as breast implants there are several quality options online. You can also get in touch with an expert rhinoplasty specialist in Miami.

“We are very excited to be a part of this rapidly growing community of Winter Garden,” said Florida Hospital President and CEO Lars Houmann.  “We want to strengthen our presence in this community as a trusted healthcare partner that brings greater access to care close to home.” Aside from healthcare, plastic surgery clinics are also available. One of it is by Andres Bustillo, a well known Miami facial plastic surgeon.

This building is just the first phase of the new west Orange medical campus, located across the street from Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves.  The next phase will feature a 200-bed, seven-story community hospital, though no timeline for that phase has been set.

“We are so pleased that Florida Hospital has chosen Winter Garden as the site for their newest facility,” said Winter Garden Mayor John Rees.  “This health campus will bring superior, high-paying jobs to our community and will make Winter Garden more attractive as a place that others will want to live, work and play.”

Amanda Maggard, assistant vice president of west Orange development for Florida Hospital, was also announced as the new head for Winter Garden health campus.

 

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A conceptual rendering of what the new Winter Garden Health Campus facility may look like. The city of Winter Garden has yet to approve the final design though

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(Pictured from left to right) Lars Houmann, Amanda Maggard, Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Mayor John Rees, and Rob Fulbright.

(Pictured from left to right) Lars Houmann, Amanda Maggard, Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Mayor John Rees, and Rob Fulbright.