The City’s consultant has prepared a draft report based on the results of three public meetings held in fall 2016.  The study will be presented at the City’s Municipal Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, February 21, at 8:30 a.m. in Council Chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall.  You are invited to attend.

If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please email your comments to Elisabeth Dang at

To review the study, please go to our website:

2nd City of Orlando Virginia/Lake Highland Community Meeting Tues. Sept 20 6:30p

District 3 Comm. Robert Stuart, City of Orlando Planning and Transportation stff and Renaissance Planning Group invite the community to continue the conversation about the Virginia/Lake Highland Transportation & Land Use Study.

Please join us to hear an update on the study, including what infomation has been gathered from the community, in addition to data on current transportation infrastructure and parking, current land uses, development patterns and makret conditions in the area. We’ll also start discussions and present ideas based on this information to get your input on specifics like roadway improvements, sidewalk and crosswalk changes, bike routes, redevelopment opportunities and on-street parking changes.

For more information contact Cindy Light at 407-246-3245 or visit


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City of Orlando Virginia/Lake Highland Transportation & Land Use Study Community Kick Off Meeting AUGUST 1

Public input forum
Presentation of plan recommendations

Monday, August 1 at 6:30 PM

Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803

Important Meeting Tuesday 6/30 re: Lake Highland/Spellman Property


See the meeting info here: Tues_June30th_Meeting

The public meeting to discuss the upcoming Lake Highland Prep sports complex PD will be June 30 at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center on the Lake Highland school campus. The gate near the swimming pool will be open. As you may know, our Lake Formosa Neighborhood Association had a hand in crafting the previous PD for the site. The new PD is a substantial change from the original. This is also the site of the Spelman Engineering contamination site which our Association has been tirelessly lobbying the City to clean up, which the City has recently allocated funding to do. As a part of the funding for the cleanup, the City has sold much of the property to Lake Highland Prep School to develop as a sports complex.

Many of our commercial neighbors of Ivanhoe Village along South Orange Avenue, however, are gravely concerned because the City has sold the 2.5 acre existing public parking lot on Alden to the School who is closing the lot in August. Without this public parking, the businesses along South Orange Avenue will have insufficient parking available for their employees and customers, and many will likely abandon the Ivanhoe Village district.

I’m sure that, like me, you would like to see our neighborhood commercial district thrive and prosper, but without adequate parking, it will more likely wither and be converted into offices. The public meeting next Tuesday is the best chance for us to convince the City to continue to provide adequate parking for our neighborhood commercial district. I hope that you will attend this important public meeting.

Thank you.

Gordon Spears
(407) 758-8478

Spellman Site Cleanup Update #1


Please look below to see the update from the City on the progress of the Spelman Cleanup.
Hopefully a more complete update will be forthcoming.


—–Forwarded Message—–
Sent: May 7, 2009 5:06 PM
To: “J G. Spears”
Subject: Re: Spelman Site Cleanup Update


No, the cleanup is fully funded, so no issue there. Also, I noticed that drilling was being done at the site yesterday.

Take care,

Kyle Shephard
Assistant City Attorney
City of Orlando

Orlando City Hall
400 South Orange Avenue
PO Box 4990
Orlando, Florida 32801

p. 407.246.3475
f. 407.246.2854

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From: “J G. Spears”
Date: 05/01/2009 11:38 AM
Subject: Spelman Site Cleanup Update

Bob and Kyle,

I just finished reading the monthly update on the Sellers/Auto Cleanup from Orance County EPD, and was reminded that we have yet to receive any update on progress of the Spelman Cleanup from either the City or the contractor. Could you please update me on work currently being done on the site. I have seen the little orange wire flags in the highly contaminated area so I believe something is going on there. Please also tell me who from the contractor will be responsible for updating interested members of the public, and send me their contact information.

Kyle, I recently learned that our State Legislature is cutting funding of the Inland Trust fund which is used for cleanup of some contaminated sites (including the Sellers/Auto site). Will this affect the Spelman Site cleanup at all?

Thanks for your time.

Gordon Spears
1626 Baltimore Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 758-8478

April 13th OUC Property Neighborhood Meeting‏


Warren Hudson, President of Lake Highland Prep School asked me to pass this invitation along to the Boards and members of the Lake Formosa Neighborhood Association and Ivanhoe Village. Lake Highland Prep School has closed on the OUC property and wants to share its plans with the neighbors and seek their comments at a meeting on Monday, 13 April 2009. It’s at 7:00 at the school.

I hope we will have a strong showing for this meeting.

Gordon Spears
(407) 758-8478

Lake Highland Community Meeting Tuesday March 18 7pm

This meeting is being held by the City and the Spellman Engineering/Lake Highland pollution site will be discussed. Please attend and be heard.

—–Forwarded Message—–
Sent: Feb 29, 2008 4:43 PM
Cc: Michele.Brennan@CityofOrlando.Net,,,,,,
Subject: Lake Highland Project Community Meeting Set for Tuesday, March 18 @ 7 p.m.

Good Day John,

This is to advise you that we have set the date for the Lake Highland Project community meeting for Tuesday, March 18 @ 7 p.m. at Lake Highland Prep School in the Lakefront Room in the Guernsey Building (in rear of campus).

Lake Highland Prep will be on spring break that week, so parking will only be accessible through the main entrance off of Marks Street. Our office will post some signs from the parking lot to the meeting room to help guide everyone to the meeting location.

Next week, the City will be mailing the meeting invitation post card to all residential and commercial property owners and renters in your neighborhood and the Lake Formosa neighborhood, as well as to the businesses on the east and west side of N. Orange Avenue from Magnolia to Princeton. Businesses along Virginia are already included in the Lake Formosa or Park/Lake Highland lists.

I have copied Cathy Kerns and two contacts in the Lake Formosa neighborhood – Michael Jungen (president of the Lake Formosa Neighborhood Association) and Gordon Spears (who is very interested in the project and a neighborhood liaison with the newly formed Ivanhoe Village Main Street program). All three have expressed the interest of knowing as soon as possible of when this meeting will be held.

We would greatly appreciate your help in informing your neighbors about this meeting. We are hoping to have a large crowd at the March 18 meeting. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for your assistance.

Susan Susan Denton Harris, Assistant to Director
City of Orlando – Neighborhood & Community Affairs
400 South Orange Avenue
P.O. Box 4990
Orlando, Florida 32802-4990
office 407.246.2779
cell 321.229.0424
fax 407.246.3508