A deal to build a nine-story office building on city-owned land on the northwest shore of Lake Mirror is headed to city commissioners Monday for discussion and an expected approval. More
- Summary: Firefighters have substantially reduced a fire at a mulch plant, according to Polk Fire Rescue.
- Where: Lasso Lane just north of the Polk Parkway and east of Reynolds Road
- How long: 225 hours. The call came in at 11 a.m. on Nov. 16.
- How much: More than 12 million gallons of water used.
- Caution: Smoke may hinder visibility on nearby roads, including the Polk Parkway east of U.S. 98. More
What is it about South Florida Avenue that’s attracting bakery cafes? We’re not sure. And we surely don’t mind.
Fleur Bistro opened this month at 4525 S. Florida Ave. It offers scratch pastries, exotic teas, specialty coffee and wines. Just a block a way, Cafe Zuppina opened The Market earlier this year and then enhanced it with an upscale coffee shop. More
Dozens of well-wishers turned out today for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at The Yard On Mass, a family-friendly food truck park and beer garden that opens Friday at the northwest corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Parker Street.
View video of the seven-minute ceremony after the jump: More
The option to build an office building just north of the entrance to Lakeside Village has been a market dud, but apartments on the Harden Boulevard tract could do the trick, a representative for the Drummond Company told the city’s Planning and Zoning Board Tuesday. More
Even though two city boards have rejected their plans, Thomas and Madison Brawner say they are pressing on with their proposal to turn the 107-year-old Deen House into Alta Schoolhouse, a preschool. More
Lakeland Regional Health is hoping to move quickly on a new behavioral health facility just south of the main hospital campus, expanding and centralizing services it says are integral to the mental health of the community. More
City commissioners today approved changes — mostly increases — in impact fees assessed on new construction. The purpose of impact fees is to pay the costs for new roads, parks and public safety associated with new development.
But in most cases, the impact fees approved today fall short of the levels that a city consultant said would be necessary to pay for that new infrastructure. How far short? City staff estimates it’s up to $5.1 million over the next five years for transportation, parks and cultural facilities that either won’t be built or will have to depend on other funding sources. More
The owners of a downtown spa say they’d like to move their operation to the Deen House in the Lake Morton neighborhood if plans to use the 107-year-old mansion for a preschool fall through. More