Scaffolding will go up around the Confederate Monument in Munn Park the middle of next week as city workers continue preparations to move it to Veterans Park, City Manager Tony Delgado told commissioners Friday. More
The CSX work to replace rails in downtown Lakeland didn’t finish today, as the rail company told city officials, and the new word is that the crossings at Massachusetts, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri Avenues will remain closed until at least Tuesday.
The city of Lakeland expects to be able to repave the crossings on Tuesday, meaning vehicles should be able to cross again on Wednesday.
Railroad work blocking downtown crossings at Massachusetts, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri Avenues is expected to be completed by Friday, the city of Lakeland says in a new Facebook post. City crews will follow up by adding new asphalt over the weekend so that regular traffic can resume on Monday.
The replacing of CSX rails downtown has snarled roadways this week as north-south traffic has been forced to Florida Avenue, creating a bottleneck. Those who can bypass downtown via U.S. 98 or Sykes Boulevard are urged to do so. More
The railroad tracks are closed at Ingraham Ave., Massachusetts Ave, Kentucky Ave, Tennessee Ave, and Missouri Ave. in Downtown Lakeland for maintenance by CSX for an unknown period of time. Please use South Florida Ave. or HWY 98 when traveling from north to south. pic.twitter.com/AgcPDTZ5Xw
— Downtown Lakeland (@DowntownLkld) March 12, 2019
Adding to the growing number of rentals downtown, Broadway Realty Services wants to turn a city-owned block just north of its NoBay project (photo) from 125 parking spaces into 100 apartments. The company wanted a quick sales process, but the Community Redevelopment Agency advisory board opted for the lengthier procedure of seeking qualifications from all interested buyers.
The meticulous process of moving a Confederate monument from Munn Park to Veterans Park is scheduled to start March 26, a Tuesday; the statue should be in place on its pedestal by April 4, with cleaning and pressure washing finished by April 17, city officials said.
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STUCK TRUCK: The road under the rail overpass just north of Lake Beulah was blocked for more than two hours Friday morning by a truck that became lodged there. The concrete structure suffered no apparent damage.
Stumps remain from two towering Oriental sweetgum trees that city crews began removing today from the sidewalk along north Kentucky Avenue downtown. Roots were infiltrating water and sewer lines and buckling sidewalks near the fronts of Mitchell’s Coffee House and Lakeland CBD Wellness. The stumps will be removed in the next two weeks, making way for the planting of young, urban-friendly trees.
The much-debated city saga of the fate of the 109-year-old Confederate monument in Munn Park continues to drag on: most recently, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by groups and individuals who want it to stay put.
City Attorney Tim McCausland said Tuesday afternoon he and City Manager Tony Delgado will brief city commissioners soon so that they can decide how and when to proceed..
In November, commissioners voted to move the statue by Jan. 31 using money the city draws in from the use of red-light cameras to pay for the monument to be relocated. Plans were to pay an estimated $225,000 to move it to Veteran’s Memorial Park and install security measures.
But the day after the final city vote, a group called Save Southern Heritage filed a federal lawsuit to stop the city from moving the monument. The group was joined by other individuals and some Confederacy-related organizations in suing Delgado and several commissioners.