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Plant City Observer Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018 4 months ago

News Briefs 7.19.18

News Briefs 7.19.18
by: Justin Kline Sports/Associate Editor

Lake Walden Square plaza sold

Lake Walden Square shopping center has a new owner.

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced on Wednesday the 244,529 square-foot center sold for $29 million to JBL Asset Management.

The diverse shopping plaza, found at the intersection of W. Alexander St. and James L. Redman Pkwy., is home to businesses including Winn-Dixie, Marshalls, Michaels and Ulta Beauty.

“The Tampa MSA continues to be high on the list for Florida retail investors,” Director Eric Williams said in a news release. “The strong surrounding economic demand drivers along the thriving I-4 corridor coupled with a best-in-class anchor lineup and strong tenant sales performance attracted investors to Lake Walden Square.”

The plaza is a dominant retail location for Plant City and HFF said more than 38,967 residents that earn an average income of $68,173 are living within a three-mile radius of the center.


Tuesday accident on U.S. 92

A crash Tuesday evening involving a semi and a Chevy pickup has left one driver in critical condition, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

At 6:21 p.m. the 53-year-old driver of the Chevy vehicle was driving westbound on U.S. 92 east of Park Road when the traffic ahead of him came to a stop. He swerved and entered the eastbound lane of U.S. 92 and his Chevy struck the front of a semi truck, according to the report. Both vehicles rotated and came to a rest on the south shoulder of the roadway.

The driver of the Chevy is a resident of Plant City and was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with critical injuries, according to the report. His identity will not be released due to next of kin having yet to be informed. The driver of the other vehicle has been identified as Wayne Newton, 64, of Auburndale. He reportedly has no injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the event. 

U.S. 92 was closed in both directions, but the lanes have since been reopened.


PCHS ‘Raider Invasion’ for freshmen

Incoming Plant City High School freshmen can learn all about their new school next week.

The “Raider Invasion” freshman orientation will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 25 and students will get their schedules, a t-shirt, breakfast and lunch while the PCHS staff covers everything they’ll need to know about ninth grade.

For more information, call the school at 813-757-9370.


Clogging to victory​

Several members of Plant City’s Clogging Connection went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, for a competition at America’s Clogging Hall of Fame.

The local cloggers racked up a total of 16 awards, including several individual and duet overall grand champion honors. Kaley Conn, the reigning Miss Southeastern Clogger, became the Overall Miss America’s Clogging Hall of Fame Contemporary Ambassador.

The team is now preparing to compete again in September.

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