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Project Contact:

Greg James, CPM

City of Lakeland – Project Manager

(phone) 863-834-6040

(email) Greg.James@lakelandgov.net

 






 

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE


WABASH AVENUE EXTENSION PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT STUDY

 

 

WHO: Citizens of Lakeland, Lakeland City Commission and City of Lakeland Administration

 

WHAT: Public Hearing - Wabash Avenue Extension Project Development and Environment Study

  

WHEN: Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

 

WHERE: City Commission Chambers at Lakeland City Hall / 228 S. Massachusetts Ave.  

 

LAKELAND, FL (July 30, 2013) – The City of Lakeland has scheduled a public hearing regarding the Wabash Avenue Extension Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study. The hearing is Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 6p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lakeland City Hall, 3rd Floor, City Commission Chambers, 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue in Lakeland, FL 33801.

 

The hearing begins with an open house at 6 p.m., when participants may review project displays and other documents and discuss recommended improvements with staff. A formal presentation begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by formal public comment period open to everyone.

 

The PD&E study is conducted to evaluate the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the extension of Wabash Avenue from Harden Boulevard to Ariana Street, a distance of approximately 2.6 miles. The study team is evaluating these improvements to address future travel demand and to provide for enhanced mobility and regional connectivity in Southwest Lakeland. The public hearing is conducted to present roadway concepts under evaluation and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties.

 

Project documentation is available for public review weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 11, 2013 to August 1, 2013, at the City of Lakeland Public Works Department at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue in Lakeland, Florida 33801. These materials will also be available at the hearing.

 

Participants may provide public comment directly to a court reporter at any time during the hearing. Written comments can be submitted at this hearing or by mail to Mr. Greg Moore, 941 Lake Baldwin Lane in Orlando, FL 32814 or by e-mail to gmoore@drmp.com, no later than August 1, 2013. All written and oral comments will become part of the project’s public record.


Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. People requiring accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or people who require translation services (free of charge) at the hearing should contact Study Team Project Manager Mr. Greg Moore at (407) 896-0594 or by e-mail to gmoore@drmp.com at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing.

 

Project-related information may be obtained by contacting Mr. Moore or Mr. Greg James, City of Lakeland Project Manager at (863) 834-6040; by email toGreg.James@lakelandgov.net or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw.

 

 

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) are funding improvements around Lake Beulah in order to beautify this gateway into Lakeland and the surrounding neighborhoods and to improve conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit patrons. Through this project, the existing five-foot wide concrete sidewalk will be replaced with an eight- to ten-foot wide asphalt multi use trail. This project also includes the installation of decorative lighting along the trail, landscaping and transit stop improvements including the construction of a new transit shelter at the Hartsell Avenue intersection. 

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT view meeting notice

The City of Lakeland and the Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency will conduct a public information meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection) Offices located at 1212 George Jenkins Boulevard, Lakeland. The City of Lakeland is hosting this meeting to inform the public about the project scope and schedule, and provide the public and adjacent property owners with an opportunity to ask questions concerning the upcoming improvements. The meeting is an open-house format with no formal presentation, allowing you to view the displays at your convenience. Materials on display will include illustrations of the proposed improvements and project schedule. City staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns. 

Display boards of this project will also be made available beginning June 17th in the lobby of Lakeland City Hall located at 228 South Massachusetts Avenue. 

We invite and encourage you to attend this meeting. If you have any questions about this meeting or the project or may require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act contact Chuck Barmby at 863-834-6011, at least seven days before the meeting. 

PLANNED IMPROVEMENTS 

Lake Beulah is an important public space for the surrounding neighborhood, serves as a gateway to the Downtown Lakeland area and is a component of the Lake-to-Lake Bikeway Network. The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency (LCRA) has partnered with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to implement the following project that is intended to beautify and improve transportation facilities around Lake Beulah:

  • Replacement of existing five-foot wide sidewalk with an eight- to ten-foot wide asphalt bicycle and pedestrian trail. 
  • Installation of decorative lighting along the new trail, around the entire lake. 
  • Construction of new transit stops, including the installation of a new transit shelter on the south side of Lake Beulah Drive just west of the Hartsell Avenue intersection. Each stop will include decorative benches and trash receptacles. Bicycle racks will also be installed as part of this project. 
  • Traffic signal and pedestrian crossing improvements at the “Five Points” intersection and a new crosswalk at Veterans Park. 
  • Planting of “Trees of Military Significance”, descendants of trees from important battlefields in American history. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Kevin Cook

Director of Communications

City of Lakeland

863/934-6264

Twitter @lakelandgov

 

 

CITY OF LAKELAND SOLID WASTE BUILDING

FIRST LEED CERTIFIED BUILDING IN CITY LIMITS

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 13, 2013) – Celebration of the City of Lakeland’s first LEED Certified building will take place at the Solid Waste Office Building on June 7th at 10 a.m.   The Solid Waste Office Building, located at 605 Evelyn Avenue was LEED Certified by the US Green Building Council with a Gold rating based on sustainability, water efficiency, energy efficiency, green materials and innovation in design.  The Solid Waste building received a Gold standard, one of the highest ratings. 

 

The building was the former Lakeland Community Credit Union which the City acquired in 2003.  The project included renovation and new construction completed August 2012.  The City contracted with Swilley Curtis Mundy Honeycutt Architects and the project was completed by Rodda Construction.

 

Rick Lilyquist, Director of Public Works said, “There are a number of reasons to build green – minimizing the impact to the environment being one.”  He added, “Reduced energy and water consumption is a huge driving factor that ultimately leads to lower operating costs. Also, the bright open design along with enhanced indoor environmental quality helps to promote increased worker productivity.”

 

Design highlights include a solar reflectant roof, the use of skylights for natural light, low impact building materials used to enhance in air quality and water reduction measures that equate to a 42% water savings.  Recycled materials were used totaling over 24% of materials cost and the building was designed to optimize energy performance saving 23% compared to baseline building performance.

 

The celebration will include a tour of the facility highlighting design and construction techniques that factored into the Gold certification and there will be a plaque unveiling that officially certifies the facility as a LEED building by the US Green Building Council. For more information regarding the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net. Face Book users can stay connected by completing a quick search that includes the City of Lakeland.  Twitter users can choose to receive instant updates during important meetings or events by following the City @ lakelandgov.  

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PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

LAKELAND SKATEPARK GRAND OPENING

 

WHO:   Skateboarders, City Commission, City Administration & Citizens – BRING YOUR BOARDS!

 

WHAT: Lakeland Skatepark Grand Opening Celebration

 

WHEN:   Saturday, May 18th 10 a.m.

 

WHERE:  Lakeland Skatepark located at Lake Bonny Park (800 US 98 South).

 

LAKELAND, FL (May 14, 2013) – The newly built Lakeland Skatepark located at Lake Bonny Park, 800 US 98 south will officially open on Saturday, May 18th at 10 a.m. with a grand opening ceremony that will include music, demonstrations and plenty of time for skaters to get familiar with the design elements of the park.

 

The park was built by world renowned Team Pain who specializes in custom concrete skate park facilities.  Team Pain has over 30 years experience with professional riders and they are known for their challenging “first-ever” structures that push the limits.  The company has been providing design and construction experience to municipalities around the globe in concrete park facilities since 1997.

 

The park was designed with the input from local skaters who attended a series of workshops during the planning phase of the park.  A number of skaters and City of Lakeland staff also visited a number of skate parks in the Central Florida area to look at designs and get direct feedback from skaters on what elements they liked about certain parks.

 

The park features a deep bowl, flow course, snake run and a freestyle/street course.  For more information, contact Pam Page, 863/834-6088 or Kevin Cook, 863/834-6264.  See you on Saturday!