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City Closing Intersections at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue for Painting

Lakeland, FL (May 1, 2017) – The City of Lakeland Community Redevelopment Association (CRA) will partner with Harrison School for the Arts, Rochelle School of the Arts, and Boring Business Solutions to give the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue a makeover on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The CRA is diligently working to transform and support the identity of the East Main District. Last year, a design competition was held to inspire interest in this important connection to Lakeland’s downtown. The influx of artistic interest helped define the task at hand – to create more art in public spaces.

These street murals are a way to help neighborhoods create a sense of identity and community pride. The colorized intersection project is an opportunity to reimagine and recreate the environment and work together on unique projects that benefit the City and the surrounding community. The project brings together local business and property owners, artists, city officials and staff in a unique and fun way. The centerpiece that is created becomes a sense of community pride that cannot be bought, and builds relationships that otherwise may not exist.

Partnership with Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts

Inspired by the East Main Design District project, Art/iFact’s Elizabeth Hults was enlisted to create the masterpiece that will be the center of E. Main Street and Ingraham Ave. With Hults’ design, visual arts students from the Harrison School for the Arts and Rochelle School of the Arts will add their artistic flare to the intersection.

Road Closure and Detour Information

The City will temporarily close the intersection at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue beginning at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning, May 21st, and will reopen the intersection at approximately 6 p.m. the same day.

Contact

For more information about the road closure, please contact Angelo Rao, Traffic Operations and Parking Services Manager at Angelo.Rao@lakelandgov.net or (863) 834-3492.

Media Contact:

Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264 |Kevin.Cook@Lakelandgov.net


The City of Lakeland has scheduled a public meeting regarding the proposed South Wabash Avenue Extension Project. The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Legacy Christian Church located at 901 West Beacon Road, Lakeland, FL 33803.

This project includes a new two-lane divided roadway with pedestrian and bicycle facilities. It begins at the intersection of Beaker Boulevard and Harden Boulevard, extends north along the Beaker Boulevard alignment under the Polk Parkway, along the west side of the Lakeside Village Shopping Center and Grasslands Subdivision, and ends at the intersection of Wabash Avenue and Ariana Street.

The public meeting is being conducted to present the 90% design plans and to obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. City staff and representatives from the design team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting the project will be available throughout the meeting. The latest schedule includes construction starting in Fiscal Year 2020.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding, or those requiring language assistance (free of charge) should contact the City of Lakeland ADA Coordinator, no later than forty-eight (48) hours prior to the proceeding, at (863) 834-8447, or david.uria@lakelandgov.net. If hearing impaired, please contact the TDD numbers: Local – (863) 834-8333 or 1-800-955-8771 (TDD – Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or the Florida Relay Service Number (800) 955-8770 (VOICE), for assistance.

Design-related information may be obtained by contacting the City of Lakeland Project Manager, Joseph Baan, P.E., at the contact information above or by contacting the City’s consultant, James Hunt, P.E. with Cardno, at (727) 431-1593 or james.hunt@cardno.com.

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PROJECT CONTACT:

Joseph R. Baan, P.E. | Manager of Engineering | 863/834-6041 | joe.baan@lakelandgov.net


Grand Opening August 3rd at 10:30am

LAKELAND, FL (July 27, 2015) - The City of Lakeland’s Webster Park has received a facelift thanks to a $190,000 donation from Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company and a $17,000 donation from the Midtown CRA.  Improvements include a new playground with several themed pieces of equipment that features a full range of slides, climbers, ladders and play activities. A grand opening of the new park will take place August 3rd at 10:30 a.m.  The public is invited to attend.

The new playground has elements for preschoolers and elementary aged children.  Renovations to the park also includes swings, two picnic pavilions, a drinking fountain, fencing, benches, trash cans, resurfaced basketball court, basketball backboards, bike racks and ADA access. 

Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company has an iconic red elephant as their logo and the new Webster Park uses a number of zoo animals as a theme including a red elephant.

Pam Page, Deputy Director of Parks said, “The City of Lakeland was able to replace Webster Park’s playground equipment that was originally installed in 1994 with brand new equipment designed to enhance the experience for those visiting the park.”  She added, “We thank Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company for their generous donation to make the vision become reality.  We could not have completed the park without their assistance and as a thank you, the public will see the red elephant prominently displayed in a piece of playground equipment.  We also are very grateful to the Midtown CRA for their support as well.”


CONTACT:

Jim Malless

Candidate for Lakeland City Commissioner

Telephone: 863-838-9686                                                                                       

E-mail: jim@Jim4lakeland.com

 

JIM MALLESS FOR LAKELAND CITY COMMISSIONER

 

LAKELAND, FL (February 27, 2013). - Local commercial realtor and business owner, Jim Malless, 56, has announced his candidacy for Lakeland City Commissioner. Malless has lived and worked in the Lakeland area for over 20 years.  He is the owner of Wiley & Malless, LLC, a Commercial Real Estate firm and Wireless Planning Services, LLC, a consulting firm that provides planning and zoning services to the development community and to wireless providers. 

Malless attended Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis where he received a BS in Public Affairs with a concentration in Urban Studies and a Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in Public Financial Administration.

Prior to owning his own business and working as a commercial realtor, Malless managed a three-state zoning program for OMP, Inc a major southeastern United States tower building company.

His skills, honed in business and civic activities, include;

  • Problem identification and solving
  • Land use, planning and zoning
  • Real estate
  • Group decision-making  
  • Conflict management
  • Resource management
  • Financial analysis
  • Budget management

 

“My experience in zoning, land use and commercial real estate will prove a valuable asset in my role as city commissioner. The future of Lakeland is of great concern not only for me but for future generations. Building on all the work that has been done by previous generations to meet our growing community’s needs is the key to our success,” said Malless.

Jim has been extremely active in the Lakeland community and is currently the chairman of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, as well as the Downtown Community Redevelopment Advisory Board. Active in the arts, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Polk Museum of Art, the Board of Directors of Arts on the Park, and Polk County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) Art and Cultural Committee.  He is member of the Leadership Lakeland Class XIV and has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland since 1999 serving as the club’s president in 2009.  Additionally, Mr. Malless has been a member of the boards of the City of Lakeland Historic Preservation and Historic Lakeland, Inc. where he served two terms as president.

More information is available on the campaign website, http://jim4lakeland.com.