Apartments, hotels, and parking planning on Lakeland’s 2019 agenda

January 11, 2019 by  

Lakeland city officials are planning multiple projects in 2019.

According to Tony Delgado, city manager of the biggest city in Polk County, development is the main focus of the infrastructure and planning of the year, and starting development on the garage at Heritage Plaza is an essential project in helping downtown evolve.

Next to the RP Funding Center, there will be a Marriott SpringHill Suites consisting of 130 rooms. Delgado hopes that the Lakeland Linder International Airport will get some new hangars, commercial flights, and cargo, and says updating the airport will make travel infrastructure another essential project.

The project is a public-private affair and would add 800 parking spaces. The city will pay for over $6m of the hypothesized $11m cost. The development authority of downtown Lakeland’s executive director Julie Townsend expects downtown to expand noticeably in the coming year outside of the main area. She said that construction on the Mirrorton apartment development is scheduled. It will add over 300 housing units near Lake Mirror. Co-working space Catapult 2.0 should be done this year.

If more people live near new developments, they will have more support. Solving the problem of limited parking early will make downtown more appealing and exciting.

New developments and businesses often create a unique letterhead that reflects the brand. Residential complexes can use it to alert tenants of changes, while hotels can use letterhead to print bills and welcome letters.