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Old April 27th, 2012, 02:18 PM   #341
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Commission Approves Use of Downtown Lot for Development

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LAKELAND | Lakeland city commissioners voted 5-1 Monday to move forward with a new downtown development that includes 21 lofts, 14 two- and three-story town homes and 5,000 square feet of retail space.

White Challis Redevelopment Co. ,of Daytona Beach, plans to develop the 53,000 square-foot parcel in the city-owned Bay Street parking lot off Kentucky Avenue. Construction on the first phase is expected to begin in 2014. more...
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***Update*** This project has been canceled and a new one was proposed to take its place. NOBAY

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Old April 28th, 2012, 04:21 AM   #342
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"I don't think this is the right decision," Johnson said. "We should keep the parking lot, maintain it and improve it."

Wow, in downtown Orlando we're trying to do everything we can to ditch our parking lots in favor of development and these folks are in love with theirs. Fascinating!
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Old April 28th, 2012, 01:18 PM   #343
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"I don't think this is the right decision," Johnson said. "We should keep the parking lot, maintain it and improve it."

Wow, in downtown Orlando we're trying to do everything we can to ditch our parking lots in favor of development and these folks are in love with theirs. Fascinating!
No, just sad.
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 06:38 PM   #344
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Work on Florida Polytechnic Campus Under Way

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LAKELAND | As accusations of broken rules and a multitude of inappropriate business maneuvers swirled around the University of South Florida Lakeland campus recently, a more peaceful scene was unfolding just across town.

The cows are now sharing their space with tractors, cranes and trucks on 174 acres at the intersection of State Road 33 and the Polk Parkway, the site of Florida Polytechnic University. more...
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Old May 4th, 2012, 01:08 PM   #345
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Would it have been so hard to incorporate this new college into an existing urban environment, to be a catalyst for real growth? Oh right, this is Florida.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 03:29 PM   #346
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Would it have been so hard to incorporate this new college into an existing urban environment, to be a catalyst for real growth? Oh right, this is Florida.
You must also remember the justification as to why that site was selected for the new school and if I remember correctly, there was never any consideration for an urban setting. However, when it came down to it, they wanted the "potential site" to be highly visible and accessible to Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. This link below touches on things I just don't have time to type.

Donating Land to a college can become a windfall


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Old May 5th, 2012, 02:03 PM   #347
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'The Landings' Celebrates Ground Breaking; Could Include Apartments

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WINTER HAVEN | An up-scale apartment complex could replace one of the two planned hotels at The Landings and a spring college baseball tournament will likely play at the Chain of Lakes Complex in 2013, according to developers at the phase one groundbreaking ceremony on Friday.

RussMatt Central Florida College Invitational games likely won't be played at the Chain of Lakes Stadium, however. more...
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Old May 8th, 2012, 04:24 PM   #348
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Lakeland Commission Approves Funding for Airport Parking Lot

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LAKELAND | A new $750,000 parking lot at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport with 135 additional spaces should open by September.
The new lot should open in time for any new commercial flights, which city officials hope will resume sometime this fall. more...


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Just hope Lakeland can secure another carrier. A real one this time.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 01:57 PM   #349
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Construction of Futuristic Structure Expected to Be Completed in 20 Months

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LAKELAND | A dramatically futuristic building with louvers that can follow the sun is under construction on the site of the future Florida Polytechnic University.

Construction began in March on the design by famed architect Santiago Calatrava and is expected to be completed in about 20 months. more...
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Old May 15th, 2012, 02:06 PM   #350
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Cypress Youth Sports Complex Opens Friday in South Lakeland

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LAKELAND | A new, $1.2 million sports complex for youth soccer and football in South Lakeland officially opens Friday.

The Cypress Youth Sports Complex includes four playing fields for two of the most popular youth sports in the city. more...
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Old May 16th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #351
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Very futuristic indeed.
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Old May 17th, 2012, 01:34 AM   #352
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New Movie Theater Opening at Lakeland Square Next Year

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LAKELAND | The Lakeland Square mall is scheduled to get a new movie theater next year.
Cinemark Holdings, a national chain based in Texas, plans to create a 12-screen theater in a former Dillard's store on the south end of the mall, according to a posting on the Lakeland Economic Development Council's website. The post says the theater will feature Cinemark's Next Gen design concept, which includes a self-serve concession stand, stadium-seat auditoriums, wall-to-wall screens and high-quality sound and visual equipment. more...
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Old May 19th, 2012, 01:47 AM   #353
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I haven't been to Lakeland Square since I moved to Jax in 2003. I assume this must be the old Mervyn's space? Also, is the movie theater in the parking lot closed?
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Old May 20th, 2012, 09:26 PM   #354
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I haven't been to Lakeland Square since I moved to Jax in 2003. I assume this must be the old Mervyn's space? Also, is the movie theater in the parking lot closed?
Yes I believe it is and yes the movie theater is closed. I hadn't been there since I saw Groundhog's day in 1994.
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Old June 30th, 2012, 03:40 PM   #355
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New Lakeland Shopping Center To Break Ground Nov. 1

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LAKELAND | A tentative groundbreaking for Lakeland Park Center, the planned shopping center north of I-4, has been set for Nov. 1.

Construction on the 375,000-square-foot facility should be finished by spring 2014, said Ed Eickhoff, vice president of development for Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust of Michigan, a real estate investment firm. more...
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Old July 21st, 2012, 01:48 PM   #356
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Wawa Plans To Open Convenience Store in Lake Wales

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LAKE WALES | City Commissioner Chris Lutton has heard it described as "the Publix of convenience stores."

Wawa, a convenience store/restaurant chain based in Philadelphia, has plans for a second Polk County store on 2 acres at U.S. 27 and Chalet Suzanne Road, on an outparcel of Eagle Ridge Mall. more...
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Old July 21st, 2012, 01:54 PM   #357
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Lakeland Aiport Director in Talks With Charter Company

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RICK RUNION | THE LEDGERConstruction of a new parking lot at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport continues.



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That service with Silver Airways may be dependent on Lakeland Linder receiving a $500,000 federal small community air service development grant. Lakeland Linder applied for the grant in June.
The grant money, along with $100,000 from the city and $200,000 the Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau contributes, would provide marketing dollars and help offset costs the airline would pay for baggage handlers or ticketing employees. more...
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Lakeland tries it again. Hope something works out long term this time.
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Old July 21st, 2012, 01:59 PM   #358
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After Delays, Harden Blvd. Project Is Completed

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LAKELAND | Traffic is finally flowing uninterrupted on Harden Boulevard south of the Polk Parkway.

The troubled road project's completion had been delayed by the original contractor's bankruptcy and discovery of soil problems beneath a portion of the road that crossed an area that had been mined for phosphate. more...
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Finally!
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Old August 21st, 2012, 05:11 PM   #359
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Legoland Expanding With Rides, Shops, More

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A pirate invasion is planned for Legoland Florida.

The Winter Haven theme park plans on adding to its Pirate Cove ski attraction with Pirate Shores, a 1.6-acre adventure with rides, games and retail shopping, according to documents filed with state water management officials.
full article: http://www.theledger.com/article/201...9958?p=1&tc=pg
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Old September 12th, 2012, 06:25 AM   #360
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Looks like Southeastern University is looking to add an hotel on the north side of their property. I've got to wonder what the neighbors will think once they find out about this, many of them are already upset with the school. That property used to house a single house and was surrounded by other residential properties so I assume the property is zoned residential.
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