By December, residents of Lakeland’s historic neighborhoods (map) are expected to have a visual guide to inform their decisions on exterior renovations. A $50k state grant is funding a revamp of the city’s historic district design code that will include more illustrations, such as acceptable replacement windows and doors.
An asphalt alley just west of Florida Avenue in Dixieland would become a landscaped, brick-paved walkway accompanied by 48 one-bedroom apartments, under a concept envisioned by two developers and an architect.
Some “what-if” brainstorming led to a series of renderings showing a walkable connection between Cob & Pen and Dixieland Village. The pathway, designed for low vehicle traffic, would be shadowed on three of those four blocks with two-story apartment buildings. More
A 2,515-square-foot Starbucks is rising rapidly in the parking lot of Southgate Shopping Center. The developer has said the unfinished shell should be ready to hand over to the coffee company in April. These photos were taken at eye level from the sidewalk along South Florida Avenue a couple of evenings ago.
LkldNow posts showing these photos on Facebook and Instagram drew dozens of comments from people who either were saddened that the building blocks the view of the arch or gladdened that a larger Starbucks is replacing the crowded, parking-challenged one at Florida and Beacon.
For the third time in the 37 years they’ve lived there, Kenneth and Maxine Pirkle’s house at 927 E. Lowell Street near Lake Parker won the city of Lakeland’s residential beautification award. The commercial award for February went to Osprey Manor, apartments for independent senior living at 810 E. Bella Vista St. Owners Mainstay Healthcare started renovations after buying the building in April 2017. Both awards, given at today’s City Commission meeting, recognize structures whose exterior and landscaping enhance the community.
The developers of two three-story apartment buildings planned for Lakeland’s Garden District are focusing on a specific market segment: people who want a one-bedroom apartment within an easy walk to downtown. More
BREAKING: City crews are on the scene of a suspected water main break at the corner of Lake Morton Drive and Palmetto Street between the Wilsonian Apartments and the Florida Southern College garden apartments. They’re digging to determine the cause and stop it, city spokesman Kevin Cook said. Police have blocked nearby streets to keep traffic away. “Water crews need to locate the appropriate valves to isolate and shut off the water upstream and downstream of the leak, then de-water the site before they will get a visual of the pipe,” Cook said at 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE FROM THE CITY: “At this time, we don’t know exactly how many homes/business are affected nor an ETA of the repair. If you live in the area, please check back to lakelandgov.net/boilwater throughout the day where updates will be posted if/when they become available.”
Nineteen months after it was hand-painted by students, the once-bright roadway mural at the intersection of Main Street and Ingraham Avenue has faded and carries scars of black tire tracks, but help is on the way. A more durable do-over is planned, courtesy of paint and labor donated by a Longwood business, city officials say. More