South Bluford Drainage and Roadway Improvements
Construction has been completed except for a utility connection on Columbus Street. Roadway and utility improvement project added a northbound right-turn lane from Orlando Avenue to Delaware Street, reconstructed the South Bluford and Orlando Avenue intersection, added stormwater management facilities, and installed underground water and sewer utility pipes.
Western Force Main
Under construction; bid awarded October 4, 2016. Sanitary sewer system intended to take flow off the current SR 50 force main and route it north along Maguire Road, through the Ocoee downtown area, and on to the Wastewater Treatment Plant on AD Mims Road. This work has a relationship with sanitary sewer work now being done as part of Florida DOT SR 50 road widening project, which is not included in this reporting mechanism. This project is a key precursor to Ocoee’s downtown redevelopment program.
This project has been completed. Potable water main was installed and put into service between Columbus Street and Silver Star Road, along with a dry sanitary sewer main that will require completion of the Western Force Main to put into operation. Some underground piping was installed as part of the South Bluford Avenue project; design is 90% complete on the remaining extent. Work should be delayed until the Bluford Streetscape project’s construction can move forward.
Ocoee Downtown Design Code
Under development. A zoning overlay being developed to provide a more urban design basis for future downtown Ocoee development. City Commission is considering a development application moratorium in the area until the design code is adopted. Expected adoption in Fall 2016.
Bluford Avenue Reconstruction
This project has been completed. A roadway landscaping project enhanced the appearance of Bluford Avenue from Delaware Street to Silver Star Road.
Downtown Redevelopment Plan
The City Commission endorsed 18 capital projects (PDF) recommended in the Downtown Redevelopment Plan; formal adoption of the plan is to be considered at the October 18th City Commission meeting. A model for guiding private development decisions and public infrastructure investments in the downtown Ocoee area. This plan resulted in a list of public infrastructure projects to be included in a future city bond financing effort. An initial public input hearing, the Ocoee Downtown Plan Kickoff Meeting (PDF), was conducted on March 14 at the Lakeshore Center. This event was broadcast live on Ocoee’s cable TV channel on Spectrum channel 493. Outreach efforts also included citizen walking tours of the downtown area, subsequent public meetings, website and social media campaigns.
Maine Street Extension
This project has been completed. Roadway addition extended Maine Street west from Bluford Avenue to intersect Maguire Road.
In addition to these city-funded projects, Ocoee is also an active participant in the SR 50 road widening project being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Ocoee.