The Orlando City Council had just finished voting Monday night when wrecking crews began demolishing a block of downtown that preservationists wanted to keep.
Bulldozers, working under floodlights, tore into the block where developer Cameron Kuhn had just been granted permission to build a $140 million project with theaters, condos, shops and offices. Part of Kuhn's incentive package includes a $14 million city loan to build a 1,000-space parking garage. Kuhn's deal was one of three packages that make up the most sweeping enticements to develop downtown core in the city's history. Kuhn will delay bulldozing an old Woolworth store until he determines whether its terra-cotta facade can be part of the new development.