The Lakeland City Commission today voted 5-1 to reduce the sale price of a piece of land for the developers of Bonnet Springs Park to $25,000 – a $399,601 reduction. More
The developers of Bonnet Springs Park are asking the city of Lakeland for a $399,601 reduction in the price of city-owned land that will be used to support the park, and several city commissioners today appeared ready to grant that request when they vote on it Monday. More
Retired Lakeland Parks and Recreation Director Bill Tinsley showed off the transformation of the Bonnet Springs Park property on Thursday afternoon like a proud parent shows off a newborn baby. More
The project to turn 168 vacant acres west of downtown Lakeland into the showcase Bonnet Springs Park is on schedule to open this spring or summer, the park’s developers say. More
An urban-style community of 630 apartments with restaurants and shops will be built on the abandoned Florida Tile site west of Lake Wire, under plans unveiled today at a meeting of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority. The conceptual design by Atlanta developers Carter & Associates and architects The Preston Partnership received an enthusiastic approval from the LDDA board. More
The developers of Bonnet Springs Park say they are close to a deal to sell a large tract between the park and Lake Wire to an out-of-state company that wants to build a mixed-use project on the reclaimed property that once housed Florida Tile. More
Plans to develop a massive urban park west of downtown Lakeland could get a boost from city commissioners Monday. City staff is recommending the City Commission sell 2.3 acres of land and some right of way to the private developers of the Bonnet Springs Park. The appraised value and asking price: $424,601. But commissioners have the option of reducing that amount, a memo from the city attorney notes.
The triangle-shaped, city-owned property is south of the intersection of George Jenkins Boulevard and Kathleen Road and just north of the abandoned Florida Tile site. Lake Wire Development Co. plans to offer both parcels to an outside developer for a commercial/residential/office complex. Proceeds would complement the multi-million-dollar fund-raising being undertaken to build the 180-acre park.
Realtor David Bunch, who is joined by retired city Parks Director Bill Tinsley in spearheading Bonnet Springs, told The Ledger (“only half joking,” the paper said) that while the city is fair in asking $424.6k, “A fair price to us would’ve been a donation.”
The team planning a 180-acre private park west of downtown Lakeland today unveiled their design for the site combining recreation, trails, nature appreciation and culture (including an amphitheater seating 7,500) as they embark on efforts to attract donors. Keep scrolling to see a slideshow about the master plan and a video of this morning’s “reveal” meeting. A second public meeting is being held at 4 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church. More
The team designing a massive urban park west of downtown Lakeland unveiled three concepts today and asked community members to let them know which features they prefer.More