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February 2nd, 2016 10:18 AM

 

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According to the Lakeland Ledger, Northeast Polk County is to grow within the next 25 years to a population of a quarter of a million people, which would make the Davenport area comparable to Lakeland in size.  The Polk Transportation Planning Organization has forecast that one out of every three new residents within that time span will settle down in the region that includes Davenport, Haines City, Dundee and Lake Wales.   This past year alone, Davenport led the county in adding single family homes to this area.

Unlike beachfront Florida, the northeastern region’s growth is driven primarily by jobs, with many new residents seeking homes in Polk County.  Short-term rentals are the second reason people are buying in Polk County.  A smaller number of buyers are retirees, particularly from the Great Lakes region. 

With growth comes transportation challenges.  U. S. Hwy 27 will soon overtake U. S. 98 in Lakeland as the most traversed road in the county, excluding I-4; since the 1990’s traffic on this highway has nearly doubled.  Davenport’s growth has generated enough development fees for the city to undertake significant infrastructure and public-serving projects.  There has been a strong focus on parks, recreation and culture to bring character and charm to this small Florida town.  But as many residents know, the addition of major restaurants and retail shopping chains are also needed to complete the amenities lacking here.

It certainly is a very interesting time for Northeast Polk County.  Construction and growth is just about everywhere you look and it will only bring positive things to the future of Davenport. 

 

Written by Barbara Doeringer

 

 

 


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