Say “uptown” and even some Mount Dora residents may be unsure just where it is. Later this month that’s about to change. The City of Mount Dora is hosting an event on August 20 that will help enlighten residents, entrepreneurs and developers about the area, its businesses and opportunities.
Uptown Saturday Night will be a public event highlighting the City’s Highland Street Corridor, the commercial area south of Fifth Avenue and north of Lakeview. The free event kicks off at 4 p.m. and will feature exotic cars on display and live music by the band Blender beginning at 5 p.m. on Liberty Avenue and Highland street.
Some of the area’s businesses, including Eden Abby Brewing Community, The Pizza Shop, Adrenaline Bike Works and Viva Liquors will be participating and at least one non-competing food truck will be on hand. Food, cocktails, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
Uptown Mount Dora hasn’t seen new development in several years. In July, Mount Dora City Council passed an ordinance that changed the zoning of an 8.77 acre property located on the southeast corner of Highland Street and Camp Avenue with the hope the change will spark economic development in the Highland Street business corridor. The change rezoned the property to mixed use with up to 60-foot building heights.
During Uptown Saturday Night, staff from the City of Mount Dora will have information available about the area. Liberty Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic until the event ends at 8 p.m. The First Baptist Church parking lot will be available for free parking,