Brian Burns, who is known as a fierce advocate for his employees, has announced he is leaving his job as publisher of The Ledger, a position he has held since January 2017. Burns, 45, says he plans to launch a digital publishing company in the Tampa Bay area and is developing a smartphone app that can capture print images and use them to deliver enhanced information.
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The Fort Lauderdale-based developers of a planned 80-unit below-market-rate apartment complex on Parker Street has asked for a loan from the city to help cover increases in construction costs. The Lakeland Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board last week approved a loan of $162,000 loan, half the amount requested by Green Mills Group (website). A final decision on the loan request will come from the City Commission. Construction at Parker Street and Stella Avenue is scheduled to start in September.
Construction of Central Bark, a $350,000 dog park near the north shore of Lake Mirror, is scheduled to start in September. Private fund-raising for the city’s fourth dog park (see the others here) stalled, but “thanks to our city manager and city commission, we were able to move some money around and make this happen,” Parks and Red Director Bob Donahay tells Bay News 9’s Stephanie Claytor.
The Tampa developer that plans to develop 14 vacant acres east of the Lakeland Police Department headquarters into the Mirrorton apartment/townhouse community is considering asking the city for 60 more days before finalizing the $3.66 million land purchase. The Framework Group was first scheduled to close the deal by May but has the right to delay until September 21 and may seek 60 days beyond that, Lakeland Community Redevelopment Director Alis Drumgo said. The agency’s advisory board could either agree to an extension request or opt to seek a new developer.
Two streets bordering the Heritage Plaza Garage construction site downtown are currently closed, and a third will be blocked for nine weeks starting July 22, according to the city of Lakeland. In addition, 12 to 14 daily weekday deliveries of large pre-cast concrete panels are expected to further disrupt traffic for four months. More
After a 20-years-plus affiliation with Coldwell Banker Commercial, Lakeland-based brokerage Saunders Dantzler Ralston Real Estate has joined the SVN network. Also, the firm will merge with its affiliate, Saunders Real Estate; both were founded by Dean Saunders.
- Read The Ledger’s article, which lists individual school grades for the last five years.
- Check this database for detailed data on each Polk school.
- 2019 grades for Lakeland schools are listed after the jump: More
Scheduled to go into effect today: New electronic signs on Florida Avenue that will flash warnings when downtown rail crossing barriers are about to go down. Drivers can choose alternate routes or stay the course, according to a spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation, which funded the nearly $900,000 system, the first of its kind in the state.