FEBRUARY 15, 2008
mall makeover wins panel's backing
Lakeland Design Review Commission approved on Tuesday site plan elements for
Lakeland Station, moving the redesign of the Lakeland Outlet Mall one step
site plan substantially beefs up the mall's landscape plan, adding
plant-covered parking lot islands and a lake.
going to be a significant improvement over what's out there. They're adding
landscaping all over the site," said Jim Atkinson, Lakeland planning
design committee also approved site plans for building elevations featuring
the train station motif and a 25,000-square-foot addition.
parking lot is now 100 percent asphalt but the approved plan will add
landscape islands filled with shrubs and trees. And a grassy area between
the main mall building and the Annex outparcel will be landscaped with a
combination of native trees, wildflowers, shrubs and trees, Atkinson said.
plan also included upgrades to the grassy area north of the mall at
owners Gilad Development Inc., based in Woodland Hills, Calif., is
proceeding with an overhaul of the interior and exterior of the 29-year-old
outlet mall. The rehab will incorporate an Americana theme with an electric
train to carry customers through the mall and outside to the Annex.
target date for completion is spring 2009, Yehuda Netanel, president of
Gilad, told the Lakeland Planning Commission last month.
keeping with the train theme, Netanel, would like to locate the Huff 'N'
Puff train that was part of the old Lakeland amusement park.
like help from the community in locating the old locomotive. We'd like to
bring it back, recondition it and put it on display," he said in
during the meeting the panel approved landscaping plans for a city-owned
35-square-foot median on Canada Road south of Interstate 40.
for the landscaping were sent out this week in hopes of spring planting,