(219) stories found containing 'community redevelopment'

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 By Robert Connors    News 

Business Incubator Officers Invited to Defend Operations After Critical Report

Business owners lined up at the beginning of the Lake Wales City Commission meeting Tuesday evening to explain to commissioners the various ways they are working to enhance the... — Updated 2/22/2024


Multiple Questions Raised About $1.2 Million City-Funded Incubator

A "business incubator" operating under a three-year, $1.2 million contract approved by the Lake Wales City Commission is operating in violation of several laws, a five-month-long... — Updated 2/22/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Alta Proposal Modified by Developer, No Longer Impacts Park

A development proposal adjacent to Lake Alta on the near north side of Lake Wales has been modified by the developer in an apparent attempt to reach a compromise with neighboring... — Updated 2/17/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Has a Good "Squeeze" Coming

In an effort to help address the need for transportation around the downtown area, City Manager James Slaton and staff have brought another solution forward. The "Squeeze" is an... — Updated 2/17/2024


City Commission, CRA Considering Sale of City Park For Apartment Complex

A "pocket park" lying in a quiet neighborhood of single-family homes on the near north side of the city may be converted to a parking lot to serve a new housing complex, Lake Wales... — Updated 2/15/2024


Downtown to Resound With Free Lake Wales Live Concert Series

Music and entertainment fans will welcome the news of a sensational series of free Friday night concerts that promise to infuse the community with camaraderie, live music, and... — Updated 2/5/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

West Park Avenue Reopens to Traffic, East Park Closes as Project Advances

While the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the newly reconstructed portions of Park Avenue and First Street remains in the planning stage, the newly-completed stretches of West Park... — Updated 2/2/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

More Public Parking Downtown is Goal of CRA Purchase

More convenient public parking downtown, the subject of repeated merchant requests, will be addressed soon, according to city officials. Converting a private parking lot to a... — Updated 1/13/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

Days Are Numbered for Grove Manor Public Housing Project as Federal Tax Credits Granted

Hopes for the compete removal and replacement of the aging Grove Manor public housing complex in Lake Wales took a major step toward reality with the recent awarding of federal... — Updated 1/3/2024

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Country Club, Oakwood GC Site of Large New Development Proposal

A large-scale redevelopment proposal that includes both Lake Wales Country Club and the adjacent Oakwood golf course community is raising passions among residents, some of whom... — Updated 12/6/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Businesses Remain Open as West Park Avenue Transformed into Shady Oasis by Construction

In nothing less than a transformation, the formerly dreary stretch of Park Avenue west of First Street is swiftly becoming an attractive green oasis intended to help draw... — Updated 12/6/2023


Lake Wales Main Street Director Honored for "Lifetime Achievement"

Ronni Wood, a seasoned and dedicated professional in the field of downtown redevelopment, was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Redevelopment... — Updated 11/20/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Adopts New Funding Mechanism For Downtown Investors

New life is being breathed into a significant building in the historic center of Lake Wales after actions taken by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday. The city... — Updated 11/15/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Drumgo Brings High Energy to City Administration

In the high-energy future facing Lake Wales there's little doubt that high-energy management is required to keep up. As Lake Wales faces a wave of growth, with about 15,000 new resi... — Updated 11/6/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

New Brick Street Will Dress Up Park Avenue

The multi-million-dollar reconstruction of Park Avenue is proceeding close to schedule, as evidenced by the hard-working crews who have been seen laying the thousands of bricks... — Updated 10/7/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Lake Wales Property Tax Rate Raised by One Mill

The first ad valorum tax rate increase in nearly a decade was approved by the Lake Wales city commission on first reading Wednesday. The new property tax hike of 16.34 percent will... — Updated 9/21/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Orange and Crystal Avenues to Receive Major Streetscape Facelifts

A million-dollar reconstruction of block-long stretches of Orange and Crystal Avenues is anticipated thanks to a federal grant and an intergovernmental agreement. The dramatic... — Updated 8/28/2023


Dover and Kohl Win Prestigious Seaside Prize for Planning Designs

The partners who founded a planning firm that has become closely identified with Lake Wales have been announced as the 2024 recipients of the prestigious Seaside Prize, presented... — Updated 8/13/2023


New BizLINC Business Incubator Expected to Spur Economic Development

A new business incubator funded in large part by the City of Lake Wales was celebrated at a recent ribbon cutting featuring a host of government and business representatives. The... — Updated 8/5/2023


Business Incubator Opening August 1 With Ribbon Cutting

The re-growth of a business district in the heart of the Northwest Neighborhood is the goal of a $1.2 million investment of American Rescue funds by the City of Lake Wales to spur... — Updated 8/2/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Park Avenue Will Remain "Open For Business" During Transformation

Continuous access to downtown businesses will be maintained during construction of the transformative Lake Wales Connected designs, representatives of Gomez Construction assured... — Updated 7/11/2023


City Moves For Summary Judgement of "Fraud in the Inducement" to Reclaim Walesbilt Hotel

Lawyers for the city of Lake Wales are asking a circuit judge to rule that Ray Brown lied to city commissioners about his financing and progress in redeveloping the historic... — Updated 7/3/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

Retail Business Recruitment is Focus of Downtown Lake Wales Effort

A downtown business improvement effort "focused on asset development and retail recruitment" was outlined to a large group of downtown property owners at a Wednesday luncheon.... — Updated 6/12/2023


Wednesday Public Information Expo Will Explain CRA Expansion

A proposal to add a huge swath of northern Lake Wales to the current Community Redevelopment District map will be the topic of a staffed public presentation at the Eagle Ridge Mall... — Updated 6/12/2023

 By Robert Connors    News

CRA Sale of Five Lots May Induce Construction of Ten New Affordable Housing Units

The sale of five lots owned by the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency will spur the development of new affordable housing for workers and retirees. An agreement for the sale... — Updated 6/11/2023


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