About Fort Pitt
In 1904, the Turrisi brothers immigrated from Italy to eastern Orange County, FL. They established a small filling station in their front yard a few miles east of Orlando, FL. Over the years, the city grew toward their little outpost which began to become known as Fort Pitt. The Turrisis started serving food sometime around 1915 as those taking the dusty dirt road east of Orlando and the local traffic increased.
In 1923, the original building was replaced with a two story structure and an adjoining building in back to house the growing family. In 1925, what’s now referred to as “Old” Cheney Highway took the place of the dirt road to become the first (brick) paved highway to the east coast. Fort Pitt evolved into the neighborhood grocery/general store and eventually included laundry facilities as the neighborhood grew with nearby military bases.
In the 1950’s, Highway 50 cut a path across Lake Barton via a new causeway (Hot Dog Heaven), directing traffic away from the site and neighborhood.
The last of the military bases closed in 1999 making way for Baldwin Park.
The area has had its ups and downs over the years, but Fort Pitt still stands as a local landmark. One worthy of redevelopment to once again be that crucial neighborhood store.
Help V's Diner Save Fort Pitt
That’s where we need your help. V’s Diner has been planning to be a part of the Fort Pitt redevelopment since its inception. The location is ideal: two blocks west of Semoran, and two blocks east of the Cady Way Trail, just outside Baldwin Park. The courtyard in back was developed specifically to be a temporary location as V’s Diner moves into the building over time.
But this is not just about V’s Diner. If the property isn’t approved for rezoning, the possibility still remains that it could be demolished for residential construction, erasing yet another historical local landmark. We can’t sit by and let that happen.
Orange County is taking Public Feedback on the project which plans to 1) make the existing buildings proper commercial property as it predates Orange County zoning, and 2) allow townhomes to be built on the back of the property off Turrisi Blvd.
The Public Feedback period ends at 10am Wednesday May 20th, 2020. To give your Feedback, please visit bit.ly/SaveFortPitt and select LUP-19-06-225 / Old Cheney Townhomes in the dropdown menu. Click Continue and let Orange County know what you think. We would love it if you approved the project. If you want to add more info as to why the neighborhood could use the boost, add your own comments. Or just select that you approve. They’re really looking for any direction: for or against.
With your help (approval) V’s Diner can officially open at Fort Pitt as early as late June.
Select LUP-19-06-225 / Old Cheney Townhomes in the dropdown menu.
Approve = V’s Diner returns to Fort Pitt.