City Commission Report: Food Trucks, Hawthorne Hill, Mount Zion, and Broadband

The Lakeland City Commission met Monday, December 17th, 2018 at 3 pm. Commissioner Bill Read was absent. See our previous reports on the proposed food truck park and the Garden District building height ordinance.

For more information on Monday’s Garden District ordinance discussion see: City Commissioners Delay Garden District Building Height Vote

Food truck park

Commissioners approved a contract with Project Redfish, LLC that relies on a public-private partnership to develop a food truck park on a half-acre, city-owned parcel at the northwest corner of North Massachusetts Avenue and East Parker Street.

The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency will provide $250,000 toward the project and Project Redfish will construct a 2,500-square-foot building with a bar and restrooms and and will develop an indoor/outdoor performance venue on the parcel. The company, which is based in Boulder, Colorado, will provide daily availability of at least one food truck and annually will sponsor at least 12 public food truck events.

Hawthorne Mill subdivision

Commissioners approved changes for the long-platted 487-acre Hawthorne Mill subdivision that will allow nearly one-third of the lots to be smaller than originally planned so that developers can include a five-acre Crystal Lagoon, a manmade crystal- clear lake with waterpark-style amenities.

The subdivision, which is south of West Pipkin Road, north of Ewell Road and west of Busy Bee Lane, originally was platted in 2007 as a planned unit development but left fallow during the Great Recession.

Instead of being solely 50-foot-wide and 60-foot-wide lots, up to 30 percent of the lots may now be 40-foot wide.

Only 60-foot-wide lots will be allowed in the portion of the subdivision that abuts the Lazy Creek subdivision and a 6-foot-high privacy fence will be erected.

The new plan also adds high-speed gigabit internet access and home automation. And it allots an area for development of a charter school for grades kindergarten through eight.

Mount Zion church expansion

Commissioners approved a conditional use permit to allow New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church to convert a single-family home at 924 W. Ninth St. for use as a meeting space, lounge and computer room for the 500-member congregation.

The 2,113- square-foot house, built in 1969, will be connected to the church’s sanctuary building, built in 1996, via a sidewalk through the parking lot.

A six-foot-high privacy fence will be erected to buffer the new recreation building from homes to the south and east.

Broadband

Commissioners approved spending $139,000 for Magellan Advisors LLC, to develop a Broadband Utility Business Plan that will look at expanding the city’s 330 miles of fiber optic cable into an investor-grade broadband service.

“We are creeping up on eight or nine years iin this process,” Troller said. With this investment, “in six to nine months, we will be at the step we can have an informed conversation.”