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Public Invited To Attend Workshop And Provide Input On Downtown West Development - City News Blog

LAKELAND, FL (February 1, 2023) - The City of Lakeland will host a public workshop on the Downtown West Action Plan on Thursday, February 16th from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Yard on Mass (802 North Massachusetts Avenue).  The public is invited to participate in a workshop and share ideas on improving the area being described as Downtown West.  Downtown West is a prime redevelopment area bordered by Florida Avenue, Brunnell Parkway, Memorial Boulevard and Ruby Street. The area includes Bonnet Springs Park, the former Florida Tile site being developed as the Lake Wire Apartments and a number of other possible redevelopment sites.

The Lakeland City Commission requested that staff develop a master plan of the area west of Florida Avenue and during the 2021 strategic planning session, the area started being called Downtown West. Downtown West includes: the North Lake Wire, Crescent Heights, Lake Bonnet, Lake Beulah, and Westgate Central neighborhoods, and the newly launched Bonnet Springs Park.

Valerie Ferrell, CRA Manager for the City of Lakeland said, “CRA staff engaged GAI Consultants to develop the Downtown West Strategic Action Plan. This plan will help develop a unified vision and recommend specific actions to fill gaps in infrastructure, access and land use.”

The final plan is expected to be delivered early summer and will include an overview of key issues and themes within the study boundaries. It will also deliver an interactive ArcGIS Urban website to identify, market, and track public/private investments in the Downtown West area. For more information on the CRA and the three redevelopment areas, please visit: https://www.lakelandcra.net.



Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 115 years ago. 

For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net.  Citizens are also invited to follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Snapchat and Nextdoor.  Citizens can find the City of Lakeland on these social media platforms by searching lakelandgov. 



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