For seven years, the city of Lakeland has for been looking for a builder to purchase the 1.5-acre, city-owned Oak Street parking lot downtown and replace it with a multi-use development. And now it has a deal with a company that wants to build a seven-story apartment complex with a 424-space parking garage.
DOWNTOWN SAFETY: Armed guards from Signal 88 Security will supplement LPD in trying to prevent “non-desirable behavior” in the downtown area starting May 1. The Lakeland Downtown Development Authority is paying the company $7,995 a month for 40-hour-a-week service during a six-month trial. (subscribers-only story) | ALSO: ABC Action News FILM PRODUCER Joenique Rose, a […]
The Citrus Connection is dropping its rule requiring passengers to wear masks while on its buses and other vehicles. It is also preparing to introduce a downtown Lakeland circulator bus route.
Publix Super Markets is planning to expand its information technology presence in downtown Lakeland by purchasing and upgrading the FedEx building and adding an estimated 100 new jobs in three years, according to Polk County documents. The Lakeland-based company is seeking $500,000 in local government incentives for the project and a partial exemption on ad […]
Local governments are being asked to sweeten the pot by a half million dollars to attract an unidentified company considering bringing 100 high-pay jobs to downtown Lakeland and investing $50 million here. The Polk County Commission approved up to $250,000 in incentives on Tuesday, and the Lakeland City Commission is expected to do the same […]
The Lakeland Economic Development Council has a plan and the city of Lakeland has its own plan for downtown Lakeland. By April, all the different master plans plotting the future of downtown Lakeland will be integrated and “visualized” on a web-based platform that allows users to see what downtown’s street grid would look like if all proposed and […]
Two striking red sculptures were recently installed on opposite ends of the Lemon Street Promenade in downtown Lakeland. The 400-pound, 9-foot-long “Red Buffalo” by James Futral of Fort Myers anchors the promenade’s west end at Florida Avenue. Jim Galluci’s 600-pound, 10-foot-tall “Red Digital Arch” forms a portal for the promenade’s eastern edge at Massachusetts Avenue.
Silver Ring Cafe has been pressing Cuban sandwiches and dishing up its signature chicken and yellow rice meals from its Tennessee Avenue perch on downtown Lakeland’s Munn Park for 35 years. Come Sept. 1, the restaurant will need to find a new space to lease or cease to exist.
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille and Frescos Southern Kitchen & Bar have added more than 50 outdoor dining seats on Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland as part of a pilot program to expand sidewalk cafes.
The golf carts that transport people around downtown Lakeland have proved more popular on weekend evenings than during weekday lunch hours, so the service now runs only on weekends, 10 Tampa Bay reports. The two-month-old service, called The Squeeze, is a pilot project from the Citrus Connection and the Downtown Lakeland Development Authority. The eight-seat […]