Crews today demolished the false front on the building overlooking Lake Mirror that will become the Catapult 2.0 small business incubator. The facade, added more than a quarter century after the structure was built in 1924, will be replaced with a dramatic steel-and-glass entryway. Next steps in the renovation project will be interior work to replace the concrete floors, according to Steve Scruggs, president of the Lakeland Economic Development Council, Catapult’s parent organization.
As Lakeland Chamber of Commerce leaders pursue plans to develop a business resource center, they’re floating an idea: Instead of moving into a new facility, why not double the size of the 1926 building they’ve used for 51 years? More
LkldNow, the news site I started, wasn’t the first; I believe LkldTV gets that honor. But I was there when some early Twitter adopters decided more than eight years ago to formalize use of #lkld to identify posts about Lakeland. More
A bungalow-turned-coffee-shop, an urban residence with a balcony on Munn Park and a mammoth Florida Boom building restored to its former glory were among structures recognized by Historic Lakeland Inc. Monday night. The organization also gave a lifetime achievement award — only its second ever — to city planning chief Jim Studiale. Check below for then-and-now photos of the winning homes and businesses. More
The building on Munn Park where BB&T Bank does business started life in 1927 as the Autotel, Lakeland’s first parking garage. A variety of services were available for your car such as battery and tire replacement. You could park your car out of the weather, which had its advantages when you’re driving an open touring or roadster auto as was the norm in the 1920s. More
Use your mouse or finger to move the white slider and compare 1940 and 2017 photos of the Magnolia Building. This is the first in a series of then-and-now Lakeland photos we’ll be publishing. Richard W. Snell, an amateur local historian, is compiling the images for lkldnow.