Walking into a completely renovated warehouse from 1910 that used to be a Tampa Electric facility, you are greeted with high energy, delicious smells, and plenty of beauty.

Armature Works is a 73,000 square foot space that hosts multiple quick-bite restaurants, coffee shops, a small market, a coworking space, event rooms, and large shared outdoor and indoor common areas. The building is the headquarters for Tampa’s Indie Flea market, which packs the house. It’s a powerful example of what happens when the economy of a community comes together.

The Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency recently took an in-depth tour of the location, gathering detailed information on tenants, consumers, and more. It’s a great hub for retail, and redevelopment surveys show that Lakeland shoppers are excited about shared space options.

We already have successful restaurants, breweries, event spaces, and coworking options. By combining forces, Lakeland could create destination areas that would be able to completely revitalize stagnant neighborhoods.

Would you support something like this in Lakeland? What kind of cuisine, entertainment, and shared space would you like to see?

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