Developer gets permission for Orlando high-rise hotel

Developers have received approval from the Orlando City Council to build a 22-story hotel on Florida's Lake Eola that could involve destroying a historic home and office building. In exchange for permission to build a high-rise that is twice the size normally allowed, developer Michael Gouda agreed to donate 1% of the $75 million project cost to a public art fund, and commissioners may require him to move the historic house to city land.

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