The city of Orlando is set to hand out a new round of small business grants along the West Church Street, even as they give approval to the Magic for a study and land purchase that could wipe those businesses off the map. The city approved two government grants, FIFTEEN thousand dollars to Oopsy Scoopsy, and another TEN thousand to the Sweet Stop, both situated right across the street from the new Amway Center. They also plan to give Paradise Island Cafe a ONE thousand dollar break on permitting.
We asked the Mayor why the city would put tax money (Community Redevelopment Agency) into small businesses that could be out of business soon when the Magic finish their plans to redevelop the entire 3 block area.
“There’s no guarantee that the development we hope will happen there will actually happen there, and even if it does, it will be several years down the line.”
The 10 thousand dollars going in the form of government grants and funding to the Sweet Stop is coming from Commissioner Daisy Lynum’s District 5 budget, one she controls entirely. She believes the owners on that street are not doing well because it was overstated how things would change along the street once the Amway Center was built. Commissioner Phil Diamond agrees
Over the next year, the Magic will do a feasibility study on creating an entertainment complex, moving their corporate headquarters from Maitland to the block, and adding a hotel on the property with all the funding and grants. The new development company formed by the team and its partners now has exclusive rights to negotiate the purchase of the land from the city. The hope is that the small business grants will aid businesses in the community to sustain themselves and keep the are thriving.
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