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 By Robert Connors    News

Surplus Reported as City Finished Fiscal Year

The City of Lake Wales finished the 2021-2022 fiscal year in better-than-expected financial shape, based upon figures included in a year-end budget amendment approved by city... — Updated 11/19/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Contract Awarded, Construction to Begin on Park Avenue Streetscape

The Lake Wales Connected plan took a major step forward this week as the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) voted Tuesday to award a construction contract for the Park... — Updated 11/10/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Hillpointe Apartment Project May Add 552 Dwelling Units

Two new apartment complexes totaling 824 units may bring a burst of new economic activity to the city's booming north side. The Lake Wales City Commission will consider action on... — Updated 11/10/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Seminole Hotel Redevelopment Takes One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

After rejecting the only response received from a private developer regarding the Seminole Hotel, the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is taking a completely... — Updated 11/8/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Controversial Small-Lot Development Delayed For Review

On a 3-2 vote, Lake Wales city commissioners almost approved a controversial new subdivision plat that creates 907 new building lots on the near south side before a last minute... — Updated 9/26/2022

 

City Continues Development of Affordable Housing With Private Partners

The Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is celebrating the groundbreaking of two new houses which will soon be built next to one another on A Street in the Northwest... — Updated 9/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Restaurants Attracted by CRA Incentive Grants

Two new restaurants are being developed in the historic districts of Lake Wales, and both are receiving inducements from a special grant program. "Smokin' DJ's" anticipates opening... — Updated 9/3/2022

 

Polk County Seeks Volunteers to Help Steer Community Redevelopment Programs

Polk County is seeking volunteers interested in housing and neighborhood development who are willing to serve in a volunteer capacity.on the Community Development Citizens Advisory... — Updated 9/3/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

$117 Million Capital Improvements Plan Eyed by Lake Wales Commission

Major improvements to a wide variety of city facilities are included in the new Five Year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) being considered for adoption by the Lake Wales City... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Property Values Jump $67 Million, Surpass $1 Billion

As the City of Lake Wales and Polk County prepare to finalize their annual budgets and set tax rates for the new fiscal year, both are benefitting from a substantial rise in... — Updated 8/5/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Crystal Lake Trail Project Moving Forward

Construction is progressing rapidly on the Park Avenue Connector Trail, a 3000-foot multiuse trail being constructed by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency. The project is... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

Three City Commissioners Vote Themselves Another Raise

On a split vote, Lake Wales City Commissioners Tuesday evening voted themselves an annual raise of $2,400 intended to pay for the cost of local travel and expenses. City Manager... — Updated 8/4/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

New Business Incubator to Boost Area Business Growth

A $1.2 million contribution from the City of Lake Wales will empower a new business incubator designed to increase the number of new businesses and entrepreneurs in Lake Wales. Fund... — Updated 7/29/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Soto Seeks Grant to Support First Street Reconstruction

Efforts to re-imagine the urban core of Lake Wales as an attractive and shady pedestrian oasis filled with new businesses and restaurants continues to draw the support of both the... — Updated 7/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Moving Forward With Bonds to Fund Connected Plan

Money to fund the extensive Lake Wales Connected plan has not been threatened thus far by rising interest rates, according to a presentation to the city commission sitting as the... — Updated 7/15/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Withdraws Offer for "Clark's Corner," Balks at Environmental Study

Plans to create a "gateway" sign and landscaping on a parcel at the intersection of SR 60 and West Central Avenue are on hold after a preliminary environmental inspection revealed... — Updated 6/26/2022

 
 By Tom Paulson    News

CRA Agrees to Purchase Building After Receiving Incorrect Information

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to include comments from City Manager James Slaton. A confusing staff report may have led to city commissioners, sitting as the board of... — Updated 6/19/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City "Connected" Plan Receives Million-Dollar Boost

Plans to build sidewalks and plant scores of shade trees to enhance the Northwest Neighborhood, part of the Lake Wales Connected plan, received a major boost last week with the... — Updated 5/17/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Rotary to Host Speaker Series Focused on Downtown Revitalization

Citizens interested in learning the details and impact of the city-reshaping Lake Wales Connected plan are invited to attend any of four luncheon meetings on the topic beginning... — Updated 5/14/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

City to Install Large Live Oak in Arbor Day Observance

The conception of the Lake Wales Connected plan and the growing awareness of the city's strong connections to the works of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. have combined to make Arbor Day... — Updated 4/29/2022

 
 By Brian Ackley    News

Olmsted Connected Lake Wales With Mountain Lake, Bok Tower Gardens

Long before Frederick Law Olmsted left his generational "City in a Garden" imprint on Lake Wales -- and a decade before he transformed impoverished scrub into the lush gardens of... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Groundbreaking Effectively Starts Construction of Connected Plan

A small crowd gathered Monday morning on Third Street near the shores of Crystal Lake to witness a historic moment for the city as officials formally broke ground for the... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Eric Marshall    News

CRA Housing Rehab Program Offers Help to Northwest Neighborhood

The City of Lake Wales and area partners are lending a helping hand to seniors, providing home improvements and repairs The city's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Legacy... — Updated 4/6/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Downtown Merchants, Property Owners Hear Presentation on Connected Plan

A vital channel of communication between downtown merchants, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Lake Wales Main Street was opened at a breakfast meeting at the MarketPlace Caf... — Updated 3/31/2022

 
 By Robert Connors    News

Downtown Property Redevelopment on the Upswing

Downtown Lake Wales is seeing a significant uptick in property transactions that some see as the result of ambitious street renewal plans being advanced by the Lake Wales Community... — Updated 3/30/2022

 

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