DOWNTOWN: A proposal to develop apartments, retail and a garage on the Oak Street parking lot took a baby step forward Thursday. The city’s CRA Advisory Board voted to ask city commissioners to let their staff negotiate with Catalyst Asset Management of Tampa to buy the city-owned property. (No link yet; the story isn’t online. Here’s some background.)
MERIT SCHOLARS: Four newly announced National Merit Scholars from Polk include three Lakeland students who attend the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High School — Erica C. Roberts, John M. Scott and Victoria Marie Vailoces — and a Harrison School for the Arts student, Katherine G. Achinger.