We told you HERE in October about the two self-described “little old ladies” that were trying to buy a slice of property to add to Lake Eola Park. Well, it seems as if they’ve almost reached their goal.
Lynn Long and Eugenia Sefcik, backed by Orlando native and local philanthropist Ted Haddock, have banded together to form the Orlando Land Trust (Website), as a means of “… protecting and improving local green spaces for the public benefit and the flourishing of natural ecosystems.”
The partnership was formed when a developer expressed interest in building a 28-story tower at the corner of Magnolia and Central on a lot that currently hosts a 7-Eleven, a barbershop, and a locksmith, at 1 N. Rosalind Avenue [GMap].
The Orlando Land Trust (OLT) has proposed purchasing the 5,000 SF parcel to convert it into a public green space, which aligns with the City of Orlando’s Downtown Vision Plan. City Council is expected to vote at an upcoming council meeting on whether to approve a funding agreement between the CRA, OLT, and the Trust for Public Land, Inc., that would contribute to the effort in the amount of $1,225,000 – a caveat being that OLT would need to raise at least $1,625,000 on their own. Commissioner Patty Sheehan recently contributed $50,000 of her discretionary funds towards the cause, as reported by Orlando Sentinel.