Lightning strikes and high storm winds toppled branches from two of the landmark huge, old oak trees on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library Wednesday afternoon.More
Developer Gregory Fancelli has the go-ahead to pay the city of Lakeland $200,000 for nearly half an acre fronting Massachusetts Avenue to incorporate into a 1 1/2-block commercial/office/residential project he’s planning.More
Massachusetts Avenue has been reduced to two lanes between Main Street and Cedar Street to accommodate construction of the Summit Consulting office tower. The road configuration will stay in place for the duration of the building construction, expected to take 18 months.
- DOWNTOWN: With new distancing and hygiene measures in place now that they’ve reopened, downtown businesses are welcoming customers as restaurateurs say take-out will stay important until they can seat more diners.
- COUNTY AID: With a $126 million federal grant to distribute for COVID-19 relief, county commissioners have agreed to use $40 million for small-business relief and $30 million to help families who suffered economic loss. The county manager is working on plans to spend another $30 million on PPE and testing for the disease and $26 million to recover disease-related economic losses by local government and schools
Downtown restaurant owners and retailers are planning to re-open Monday even though they have to stay within 25% capacity, the director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority told city commissioners today.More
Construction continues around Lake Mirror, including site preparation for the eight-story Summit Consulting office building at Massachusetts and Main. Across Main Street, work is nearing completion on the already occupied Catapult Lakeland building and its adjoining parking lot. A little farther down the street, the 17,000-square-foot Aspyre Office Building next to The Joinery looks nearly ready to move into. Behind it and across the railroad tracks, wood framing can be seen for many of the 305 apartments and townhouses that will be part of the Mirrorton development. Keep scrolling for the photo gallery and more info on the Summit project:More
Two swans were hit and killed by vehicles recently, including one crossing between Lake Mirror and the Joinery. “We haven’t had any issues with the swans on Lake Mirror for more than 20 years,” said Steve Platt, who monitors the city’s swans. He speculated swans are crossing the road, which they rarely do, because people are feeding them. The other swan was hit near Lake Mirror, renewing calls for additional safety measures.
Lakeland is losing more than a clothing store — it is also losing a landmark downtown institution. Nathan’s Men’s Store will soon close, but not before finishing what 77-year-old owner Harris Estroff calls a “retirement sale.” Estroff was talking about his own retirement.More