The team over at Bonnet Springs Park is working on closing a deal on 26 acres of land that currently sits in between the future park + Lake Wire. An out-of-state buyer is interested in the property, the previous home of Florida Tile, to turn it into a “mixed-use project.”
Map of the proposed site in relation to Bonnet Springs Park via Hauger-Bunch.
Presently, of the 26-acres, a majority is owned by Lake Wire Development Co. with the remaining 2.3 acres owned by the City of Lakeland. According to Lake Wire Development officials, the biggest concern now is the two properties being purchased and developed separately. With this concern in mind, city commissioners are helping decide what will happen to it.
Commissioners are to come to an agreement on a list of prohibited uses for the land – a list that was agreed upon by both the city and Lake Wire Development + was just finalized.
The list, along with the development was on the City’s agenda for Monday’s commissioner meeting. However, as of Tuesday afternoon, no word has been announced on whether or not a final agreement was reached.
To see the current status, check out the full memorandumhere.
What do you think should be next to Bonnet Springs Park?
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But first, they want to know — how do you feel about it?
💭 Does having a scenic overlook rank high on your list of must-haves? 💭 Would you use the trail for easier dining access downtown or for recreation? 💭 Are you concerned about how safe it will be to cross the trail?
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PlanAhead ○ SyFy Bartow| Sat., Feb. 20 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | 165 E. Main St., Downtown Bartow | Free | A street fair type science fiction convention with a car show, food trucks, and cosplay. ○ Detroit Tigers vs Philadelphia Phillies| Sun., Feb. 28 | 1:05 p.m. | Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | Prices Vary | Grab your glove and catch the return of Tigers Spring Training baseball. ⚾
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