Development plans that go before the City Commission in March call for various combinations of retail, a fast casual restaurant, office building, a hotel and a convenience/gas store | Check details
Lakeland’s Blue Steel Development, headed by Marcobay Construction President Howard Bayless, is about to start construction of a 520,000-square-foot speculative industrial building at 5300 Allen Breed Highway (map) next to Key Safety Systems. When completed, it will be the largest warehouse space available along the I-4 corridor since Pepsico leased a 605,000-square-foot spec building at Centerstate Logistics Park across I-4 from Florida Poly in October.
Yesterday’s City of Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board had a public hearing (video) on a proposal to reconstruct the Burger King at 3590 Harden Boulevard. The franchisee, Bravo Tampa LLC, expressed that the current building a need to improve the restaurant’s ability to handle drive through business. The company’s representative, Robin Kendell, explained that the restaurant was built at a time when the business was 50% drive-through and 50% walk-in sales. Kendell explained that the business has changed and two-thirds of the business is now drive-through. The company wants to reconstruct the building to decrease seating capacity, create double drive through lanes, and add a bypass lane. The Planning and Zoning Board approved the proposal.
Linda Bagley-Wiggs is helping Corey Stevens find funding for his invention that would allow smaller retailers to display 3D virtual reality models of their products online.