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State Rep. Bruce Antone Announces Continued Support to Improve OBT and Surrounding Neighborhoods
July 25, 2017
State Representative Bruce Antone Announces Continued Support to Improve Orange Blossom Trail and Surrounding Neighborhoods
(Orlando, FL) State Representative Bruce Antone (D-Orlando) continues his long standing support of the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board. During the 2016 Florida Legislative Session, Representative Antone secured a $500,000 legislative budget appropriation for the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board. The $500,000 appropriation was included in Florida’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget, and the funding was used to update the Orange Blossom Trail Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Plan, which has not been revised since its creation in 1990.
The Orange Blossom Trail Safe Neighborhood Improvement District, which Representative Antone played an integral role in developing, was also reviewed and updated. Both plan updates will be incorporated into a new Master Plan for the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board, referred to as OBTNEXT. The OBTNEXT Project encompasses an 8.2 mile stretch of the Highway 441-Orange Blossom Trail corridor from State Road 50 to the Beachline Expressway (SR 528), and the adjacent neighborhoods from Westmoreland Drive to Rio Grande Avenue (east to west).
The $500,000 appropriation is a grant from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunities, and includes an economic development incentive component. On June 26, 2017, the OBT Development Board voted to support the efforts of LIFT Orlando. LIFT Orlando is a partner organization, whose mission and focus aligns with that of the OBT Development Board. LIFT Orlando will receive a $100,000 Economic Development Incentive Grant from the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board via the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The grant will be used to support LIFT’s 4 Pillars strategy (i.e. Employers-Employability-Employment and Entrepreneurship) for achieving and promoting economic viability in the 32805-zip code. The $100,000 grant and incentive, represents the collaboration of state and local government, two non-profit organizations and the private sector working together. Representative Antone believes change occurs when we all work together for the betterment of the community.
From left Maxwell Spann, President, OBT Development Board, State Representative Bruce Antone (District 46), Vanessa Pinkney, Executive Director, OBT Development Board.
From left Terry Prather, Chief Operating officer (LIFT Orlando), Sherry Paramore, Director of Advancement (LIFT Orlando), State Representative Bruce Antone (District 46), Eddy Moratin, Executive Director (LIFT Orlando), Vanessa Pinkney, Executive Director, OBT Development Board, Maxwell Spann, President, OBT Development Board