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The city board that reviews design changes to historic buildings today approved the latest plans for transforming Lakeland Cash Feed into the Catapult 2.0 business incubator.

The 5-0 vote of the Design Review Committee came a month after the board asked project architects to tweak their plans. Most of the changes involved a three-story glass-and-metal entryway and replacing masonry rails with metal.

The revised plan “satisfies our concern,” board member George Ross said, as he made the motion to approve the plan.

These two graphics compare the original plan with the revision approved today. (Thanks for the GIFs, Chuck Welch.) The updated plan includes a curved roof and stucco on the entry, both designed to tie in more with the 1924 original structure:

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The short discussion before the vote concerned a suggestion made by member John White, an architect. If a patio on the east side of the building is high enough off the ground to require a rail, he said, it should be constructed of metal to match the entry rail on the west side of the building.

The motion gives staff planner Emily Foster authority to approve material used for windows and rails.

Catapult 2.0 is a $10 million project of the Lakeland Economic Development Council financed by anonymous donors to more than triple the size of its incubator to foster entrepreneurs.

Groundbreaking is expected by the first of next year and completion by the end of 2017.

| Gregory Fancelli

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