Rotary hosts series of talks focused on downtown revitalization

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A $20 million investment in infrastructure is expected to transform the historic heart of the city, providing a huge incentive for investors. Area residents are invited to hear the views of landowners and city staff at a series of luncheons.

Citizens interested in learning the details and impact of the Lake Wales Connected Town Redevelopment Plan are invited to attend one of four luncheon meetings on the subject from Tuesday 17 May.

The plan, which is expected to include more than $20 million in infrastructure improvements in the city, will be the subject of four weeks of meetings organized by the Lake Wales Noon Rotary Club at the Lake Wales Country Club, according to the spokesperson for the club, Bob Pepper.

The first speaker in the series will be Downtown owner Peter Weber. Weber owns properties along Stuart and Park Avenues near Scenic Highway. He will discuss the impact of the revitalization project and the opportunity it presents for investors.

On Tuesday, May 24, the speakers will be Stephen and Tammy James. The couple recently purchased a large block of buildings in Edwin Friedlander facing Park and Orange Avenues and First Street. They will talk about why they invested in downtown and their vision for the future.

The Rotary Club of Lake Wales will host the meetings at noon at the Lake Wales Country Club. The public is invited.

Main Street Manager Karen Thompson will speak on Tuesday May 31 about the role of Lake Wales Main Street in the development of Lake Wales town centre. Mainstreet is funded in part by the Community Redevelopment Agency, which provides the majority of funding for this ambitious undertaking.

The final speaker in the series will be Mark Bennett on Tuesday, June 7. Bennett is the director of development services for the town of Lake Wales.

Participants are encouraged to take this opportunity to hear these community leaders talk about their visions and ask them questions face-to-face. Guests will be able to order from a menu for the meal of their choice at a reasonable price, Peppel added.

David H. Henry