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Developer Green Mills Group Hosts Grand Opening of Aida Palms, a New Construction Affordable Housing Community.


Lakeland, FL (June 20, 2017) | On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the City of Lakeland will celebrate the grand opening of Aida Palms, a new affordable housing development. Aida Palms is a “green” certified community and will have 96 residences, on-site professional management, a fitness center, dog park, playground, computer center, clubroom and other amenities.


Aida Palms’ financing partners include JP Morgan Chase, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds and Florida Community Loan Fund. Raymond James provided an investment of approximately $15.5 million in tax credit equity and JP Chase provided a $5 million construction loan. Florida Community Loan Fund is the permanent lender and provided a $700,000 long-term loan.


“RJTCF is honored and very proud to be a small component of another successful GMG development.  We look forward to seeing Aida Palms enrich the lives of of so many deserving individuals and families within the city of Lakeland and Polk County.” said Sean Jones, Director of Acquisitions for Raymond James Tax Credit Funds. 


Construction commenced in 2016 and recently completed. Aida Palms began leasing in March 2017 and was fully pre-leased prior to construction completion. Total development cost was approximately $16.5 million. The community was developed and built on time and on budget.


“Aida Palms is a shining example of what affordable housing can be. We hope our residents will be proud to call the community their home, and we’re grateful for support from the City of Lakeland and our financing partners”, said Mitchell Rosenstein, a principal and co-founder of the community’s developer Green Mills Group.


During the grand opening, residents and guests will have a chance to interact with many of the groups responsible for Aida Palms’ successful completion, including the developer, financing partners and public officials.


Kevin Cook, Director of Communications | 863/834-6264


E. Main and Ingraham Intersection Gets Colorful Makeover
City Closing Intersections at E. Main Street and Ingraham Avenue for Painting
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - E. Main Colorized Intersection Pilot Project May 21st

LAKELAND, FL (May 16, 2017) – The City of Lakeland CRA is partnering 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. For more information about the road closure, please contact Angelo Rao, Traffic Operations and Parking Services Manager at or (863) 834-3492.

Media Contact:

Kevin Cook, Communications | 
863/834-6264 |


The ePlan electronic plans review system will be the exclusive method for plans submission, review, and approval for Contractors, Architects, and Engineers beginning March 15th, 2017.  Only digital format plans submitted through the ePlan solution are accepted. Paper plans for site plans and permits requiring signed and sealed drawings, as well as contractor-submitted plans for fences and signs, will no longer be accepted.

For homeowners applying as owner-builders (no contractor), the City of Lakeland recommends that you contact the Building Inspection office to get the information needed to apply for a permit. Building Inspection can be reached at (863) 834-6012.

Contractors, along with design professionals, please know that our staff is dedicated to helping you make a smooth transition to electronic plan submission. Group and one-on-one training is available free of charge. 

Please contact to schedule training or visit ePlan help for assistance and for more information.

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