What would you want to see here? | Rendering by The Lunz Group courtesy of The Onicx Group
Picture this: You could park, live, and shop all within the same “lot,” right here in Lakeland.
Let us explain. New plans have been released for the Oak Street Apartments, which we first let you know about last fall. The development will be on the current Oak Street lot, located downtown off of North Kentucky Avenue.
Seven stories of residential, retail, and parking space
~200 apartment units and walk-up townhomes
1,600 sqftof retail space on Oak Street
Three-level parking garage for residents
100 ground-level public parking spaces
While an estimated construction end date is TBA, the original proposal called for its completion in 2024. Stay tuned for updates as the development progresses.
With so much space for retail on the horizon, we took to our Instagram and our newsletter to ask you a very important question — what retail options would you like to see? Here’s what a few of you said:
@marcosvida_ and @annie_leboeuf chimed in with “@lululemon”
Reader Barbara K. said “Would love a Trader Joe’s, sprouts and European wax center!!”
Reader Eric T. shared multiple suggestions, including Cava, bartaco, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, to name a few.
“A smaller version of a Publix deli! With coffees and pasties!” — Reader Lindy Y.
Reader Judy H. wants to see an Apple store.
Aside from retail preferences, some readers chimed in with their hopes for the development’s design and amenities:
“I would most like to see development include public art in their designs. Public art creates a sense of place and is free and accessible to all. Most cities have public art ordinances that ensure development includes a space(s) for art work that is site specific, works well with the architecture and becomes a visible identity for the project.” — Reader Cynthia H.
“I hope to see Florida Friendly Landscaping” — Reader Brittany T.
“Basketball indoor court, jacuzzi, computer room, late vehicle parking options for RVs/trailers, parking garages and onsite storage options.” — ReaderTrese S.
Which businesses or features would you most like to see at this spot? Let us know and we may share your ideas in a future newsletter.
Circus Mutt w/ Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Express | Thursday, Dec. 15 | 7-10 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St., Lakeland | Free | Whether you’re looking for a fresh bite or wanting to hear some live tunes, head to Swan Brewing for Circus Mutt and Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Express.
Friday, Dec. 16
Family Movie Night | Friday, Dec. 16 | 6:30-9 p.m. | First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland | Free | Watch the holiday movie “Elf” outdoors with a view of Lake Hollingsworth — bring your own chairs or blankets.
Lakeland Magic vs Texas Legends | Friday, Dec. 16 | 7 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland | $12-$158 | The Magic take on the Legends at this Holiday Party-themed game — the first 1,000 fans receive a commemorative Swish snow globe.
Saturday, Dec. 17
The Joinery Dime | Saturday, Dec. 17 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Joinery, 640 E. Main St., Lakeland | Shop locally-made art, jewelry, handmade goods, and home decor, meet adoptable cats, and try craft cocktails.
Plant City Strawberry Classic Cruise-In | Saturday, Dec. 17 | 3-6 p.m. | Downtown Plant City, 102 N. Palmer St. | Free | Peruse classic cars and trucks from 1995 and older, shop downtown, and enjoy music by DJ John Paul Gasca.
Sunday, Dec. 18
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr.” | Sunday, Dec. 18 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre, 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland | $12-$15 | See a musical adaptation of this beloved television special, filled with holiday hits and favorite characters.
Florida Dance Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” | Sunday, Dec. 18 | 2:30 p.m. | Florida Southern College, 1100 Johnson Ave., Lakeland | $15-$25 | Venture to the Land of the Sweets with the Nutcracker Prince in this traditional holiday favorite ballet.
Monday, Dec. 19
New Yoga | Monday, Dec. 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Simpson Park Community Center, 1725 Martin Luther King Dr., Lakeland | $5 | Bring your mat and some water to this yoga class for all levels focusing on breath, alignment, balance, and strength — must be 16 or older.
Bundle up. A cold frontis moving down across Florida following a string of severe storms. Highs are forecasted to be in the 60s this weekend, and we can expect strong winds and lightning starting today. ⛈ (The Ledger)
A new foodie destinationis coming to downtown Mulberry. Meet Depot 303, an indoor/outdoor food hall for up to seven micro-restaurants (think: The Joinery in Lakeland). The city of Mulberry plans to complete the $1-2 million project by late 2023 to revitalize the downtown area. (The Ledger)
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is at Bonnet Springs Park’s first Movie on the Lawn on Sunday, Dec. 18. Wear an ugly sweater and bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch “Elf” — free family activities begin at 5 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. 🍿
Santa Claus will be making another appearance this weekend. RSVP online to get free photos with Santa and a chocolate chip cookie at La Imperial Bakery on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Talbot House Ministries has named María Cruz as its new Executive Director, effective in January. As temperatures drop, the nonprofit is seeking donations of urgently needed itemsfor those experiencing homelessness. You can drop off clothing, hygiene products, and food Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 814 N. Kentucky Ave.
Mason Dalton is scoring big on the soccer field. After winningPlayer of the Year in 2020 at Lake Gibson High School, Mason began playing for the local team Lakeland United. He’s led the team to the finals — and even earned a pro tryout with Gold Star FC. ⚽️ (The Ledger)
Need a host gift to bring this holiday season? Try Keel & Curley’snewest offering, Black Cherry pinot noir. The wine will be available online and in the Keel Farms tasting room(5202 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City) starting tomorrow, Dec. 16. 🍷
Morgan Bridges, Kaylee Rivas, Gabriella Bridges, from left to right, with their donated plushies. | Photo by Michele Bridges
Lakeland nine-year-old Kaylee Rivas had her Christmas wish granted — but not by Santa Claus. She wanted to give 100 stuffed animals to residents at Scott Lake Health and Rehabilitation, a new short-term and long-term care facility in south Lakeland, so her mother Amanda put out a call on Facebook for community donations.
When Morgan and Gabriella Bridges saw the post, they knew they could help Kaylee’s cause. The sisters gathered 100 plushies to donate from their own collection. According to Kaylee’s mom, there were plenty of happy tears when the two strangers dropped off such a large donation to make her dream come true.
Residents are in for a treat when Kaylee drops off the stuffed animals at Scott Lake Health and Rehabilitation. She plans on donating them on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. while caroling. Way to go, Kaylee, Morgan, and Gabriella.
Today’s issue was written by Connor.
Editor’s pick: The only thing better than Christmas coffee is pairing it with a pastry. If Born & Bread is your favorite bakery, make plans to visit the bakehouse this Saturday, Dec. 17. It’s the last time it will open for regular hours before the Christmas bake on Saturday, Dec. 24.
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? See Lakeland’s (brief)history of snow, here.
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