Orange County and the City of Orlando establish The OBT Trail Development Board, Inc. to facilitate improvements of the Orange Blossom Trail from Colonial Drive to the Beachline Expressway.
Two Municipal Services Taxing Units were created to plan, design, and construct enhancements on the corridor between I-4 and the Beeline Expressway.
Requested an official Overlay District to restrict additional billboards on OBT and worked with local companies to reduce billboards by 25% and improve the remaining boards.
Created the first multi-jurisdictional Community Redevelopment Area in Florida, generating tax increment funding for improving OBT from Colonial to I-4.
OBTDB requests Orange County create Florida’s flagship Safe Neighborhood Program to help combat crime in the area.
Organized a group of approximately 100 business owners who met and enjoyed corporate events throughout the construction of the S. OBT. Unfortunately, after construction was complete interest dwindled.
Built community park in Holden Heights featuring green space and recreational equipment
Spearheaded a partnership with 29 organizations to give inner city youth positive, healthy after-school activities. Awarded $50,000 Juvenile Justice Grant to provide tennis, soccer, golf, and other sports programs at no cost to area youth.
Completion of Phase 1 and 2 of the $78 million project. It included the undergrounding of utilities, new streetlights, traffic signals, sidewalks, trash cans and other ornamental improvements. OBTDB currently maintains these improvements.
Partnered with the Holden Heights Neighborhood Association to obtain funding to bring Little League Baseball to Holden Heights for the first time.
Awarded the grant from the State of Florida for an economic development grant to demolish crack houses, dilapidated structures, and clean vacant lots. Resulted in 30 demolitions in 6 months and the collection of 331 tons of garbage.
Successfully lobbied for infrastructure upgrades including sanitary sewers, storm drainage, and sidewalks.
In partnership with the faith-based community and volunteers, provided home improvements to over 110 residents in Holden Heights and Parramore.
The OBT North Study results in a $2.5 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to make infrastructure improvements from Central Avenue to Gore Street. Improvements include new sidewalks, streetlights, traffic signals, curbs and gutters, and aesthetic upgrades in the median at OBT & South Street.
Allocated $600,000 of CRA funding for the acquisition, design and planning of a new community center. The center houses social services programs, vocational training, a computer lab, training room, and meeting space.
A 21st Century approach to creating an economically viable, sustainable, and safe community for the residents, businesses, and visitors of the Orange Blossom Trail communities. OBTDB received a $500,000 Florida Economic Development Grant with the assistance of Florida State Senator Geraldine Thompson and Florida State Representative Bruce Antone.
Partnered with Pineloch Elementary School and private donors to provide food to elementary school students and their families during the winter break.
Sponsored 50 youth in the Safe Neighborhood to attend Elite Preparatory Academy Summer Camp at a cost of $45,750
Recipient of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association for Outstanding Plan/Study & The Award of Merit by APAFL
Community outreach event providing helpful resources and activities in a fun environment. Partnering with local organizations, the event included free health screenings, educational resources, clothing drive, games, food, and prizes.
Partnered with GAI Consultants and the Orange County Library System, S. Trail Branch to a family reading program which encourages literacy, family activities, education, and community connections.
Served as the facilitator for faith-based community partners and volunteers to engage in corporate prayer for the community.
Internal monthly meeting of OBTDB with law enforcement and code enforcement to address community issues
Internal meeting of OBTDB with County, City and various professionals to address housing needs
Partnering with Orlando Regional Realtors Foundation to develop new housing and renovate existing homes in Holden Heights
In partnership with the Peace and Justice Institute and Kaley Square we hosted a community forum on Adverse Childhood Experiences and screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Hope
The OBT Development Board provides funding for community-based projects and programs in the Holden Heights Community and Orange Blossom Trail Development Project area (see boundary map for details).