The project will provide subsidized housing for people transitioning from homelessness or insecure housing, according to the developers.
Parker Street area is still emerging from decades of blight, homelessness, drug dealing and prostitution.
City regulations prohibit a bar less than 300 feet from a church downtown, unless the City Commission grants a variance.
Highlights include the annual parade, a jazz festival, free admission to the Florida Children’s Museum and a day of service
The piece has a picnic theme and includes a neighborhood map and signs pointing toward arts groups.
Produce grown on-site will be used for the congregation’s much-needed food pantry.
Commissioner Samuel Simmons dissented in the 4-1 vote, saying opponents’ arguments were compelling.
Gibson Trails will include 834 apartments, 60 townhomes and 60 single-family homes on nearly 130 acres.
The developers tempered the plans after hearing neighbors’ objections, but some neighbors say they remain opposed. A decision is scheduled for Dec. 5.
The Lakeland City Commission approved two new apartment complexes, and the city manager announced that Mike Beckham is the new general manager of Lakeland Electric.