Also on the agenda: More Christmas lights, canal murals, town architect

The City Commission will consider several measures to maintain or enhance Winter Park’s aesthetic

May 16, 2024

By Beth Kassab

The City Commission on Wednesday will consider how to add to the annual Christmas display in the Central Business District.

The $300,000 proposal from the Park Avenue District includes $200,000 from city funds and another $100,000 from fundraising by the district, according to a staff memorandum. About $100,000 is already included in the upcoming city budget.

A sample mood board for the additions includes lots more lights, magnolia flowers and oranges and immersive light experiences such as archways.

Commissioners will discuss the proposal and give guidance for the next steps.

Canal murals

The Public Art Advisory Board will ask for direction on a proposal to commission artists to paint murals along the Chain of Lakes’ canals, a well-known attraction on the Scenic Boat Tour.

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One of the canals that connects the Winter Park Chain of Lakes can be enjoyed by passengers on the Scenic Boat Tour.

The idea would be to add the art along the sides of the Venetian-style canals that connect the city’s famous lakes.

Still to be determined are the logistics and price of such an installation. A staff memorandum estimated the cost at about $20 to $30 per square foot for the concept that came from the city’s Natural Resources and Sustainability Division.

City commissioners will discuss their appetite for the project.

Town architect

Should the city hire an architect to help ensure developers are keeping new buildings compatible with the old?

Commissioners will consider whether to put such a position out to bid on Wednesday as the group also makes appointments to a new advisory group that will help set design standards for Winter Park’s commercial areas.

“Compatibility is crucial to preserving the charm of Winter Park,” a staff memorandum reads. “The City has facade guidelines
for our most important architectural corridors (i.e. Morse Boulevard, Orange Avenue, and the Central Business District) but approving designs that are “compatible” with the existing buildings and the community vision is often challenging.”

A town architect would assist planners in determining whether a development proposal works within the existing neighborhood. No cost information was provided in the memorandum.

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    By: Beth Kassab

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