Looking into the future of Lakeland’s upcoming developments

We’re breaking out our crystal ball and looking ahead towards the future of these developments underway around Lakeland.

A split screen graphic showing the Prospect Lake Wire rendering versus the current construction

Here’s an update on a few exciting developments.

Photo by LALtoday, rendering by Carter USA

New developments continue to pop up all over Lakeland, but we’re wondering what we’ll see when the dust settles. Take a peek at what’s to come.


Orange Street Apartments will be within walking distance of downtown.

Photo by LALtoday, rendering provided by CODA Development and Lunz Group

Orange Street Apartments
This new Garden District apartment complex is shaping up right across from Barnett Family Park. CODA Development shared that it will offer 32 units with a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments. Portions of East Orange Street and South Lake Avenue will close Monday, Sept. 11 through Dec. 15 to install infrastructure for the complex.


We’re excited to see which retailers and restaurants will find a home here.

Photo by LALtoday, rendering provided by Carter USA

Prospect Lake Wire
Developers broke ground on this housing and retail project at 608 Prospect St. in February 2023. High-rise buildings are already coming together, as well as a clubhouse for future residents. Carter, a development team from Atlanta, says the project is on track to be finished in October 2024.


The location will be renamed the Bob Adams Family Community YMCA.

Photo by LALtoday, rendering via Lakeland Family YMCA

Lakeland Family YMCA
Phase One of this facility’s $21 million facelift will start this month, beginning with a new 150-space parking lot. A new wellness complex, field house, and childcare facility are next on the to-do list. The project is estimated to be completed in 2027.


The front of Island Breeze will be an open patio, similar to Black & Brew.

Photo by LALtoday, screenshot via Facebook

Island Breeze Tiki Bar
Lakeland Loft’s owner purchased the space below it at 201 E. Main St. and received approval in April 2023 to turn it into a bar with outdoor seating. Signage for Dart World Gaming Arena, the space’s former tenant, is still up, but window signs promise that Island Breeze is coming soon.


Grab a new book, play tennis, and go for a swim all at Kelly Rec.

Photo by LALtoday, rendering by Straughn Trout Architects

Kelly Recreation Complex eLibrary
There are just a few more days until this Lakeland Public Library location opens to the public on Monday, Sept. 18, but the space is still under wraps. The book vending machine can tide you over until opening day.

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