Deal to build 200-unit apartment building downtown endorsed by CRA

LAKELAND — Lakeland commissioners may get their wish for high-rise apartments in downtown, but they’ll have to contribute to the cost. 

The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency’s board voted unanimously to send a tentative $1.8 million deal with Tampa-based developer Onicx to the commission for approval. If given the green light, the city-owned Oak Street Parking Lot would be transformed into a 200-apartment unit complex. 

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“I’m very excited to get to this point. I love that we are having close to $54 million invested in downtown, that’s a big deal,” Bradon Eady, chair of the LCRA’s board, said.