252-unit apartment complex approved by Lakeland commissioners

LAKELAND — 

City commissioners voted 4-2 to approve a change of zoning for 17.2 acres Neighborhood Activity Center to Residential High to allow for multifamily housing development.

A 252-unit apartment complex will be built on a wooded lot on the southwest corner of West Pipkin and Yates roads, opposite Geico’s corporate offices. 

“We have lots of single-family homes being developed on this site, our need is going to be to look at multifamily as its also a market need,” Mayor Bill Mutz said. “I’m encouraged by the thoughtfulness of this. The more you look at it, the more there is to like.” 

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