The phrase “the big city” probably isn’t the first that comes to mind when you think of our city of Lakeland. Here in Central Florida, Lakeland can seem dwarfed by nearby Orlando and Tampa with their high-rise skylines and wide variety of businesses and shops. However, Lakeland has a lot to offer and the unique flavor of small town with the amenities of the city. This is evident if you visit our downtown Lakeland area. Many local residents work in downtown businesses, and this comes with several benefits that you may not have thought of.
So, why should you consider working downtown in Lakeland, or in your own city?
Walking Distance. Depending on where you live in proximity to your job, downtown employment often lends itself toward employees and clients being able to arrive by foot. If you live nearby, you could walk to work each day, or ride a bike, which saves money in the long run thanks to not needing fuel. An added benefit is the extra exercise each day, and the fresh air. Even if you can’t walk every day (like during rainy weather) even being able to occasionally go to work on foot can be a big benefit of a downtown job.
Close to Amenities. Whether it be a quick run to the store for needed medicine, or pens for your desk, or hitting a local restaurant for lunch or an afternoon cup of coffee, having amenities nearby to your job is a huge benefit. When you work downtown, you are often close to many stores and restaurants (likely within walking distance) and you don’t have to go far for great choices. This is very helpful with saving time and gas, and it lets you support other local businesses.
Parking Perks. Many downtown employees are given parking passes for nearby parking garages OR for their monitored lots at their own office. While not directly work-related, this is a big benefit for downtown events (parades, annual firework shows, weekend markets, etc.) since parking is usually expensive and/or impossible to find during these times, and you’ll be left without a worry since your pass will give you free parking with no hassle.
Downtown is definitely THE place to be, and business owners are catching on. Downtown properties are a popular choice for up-and-coming Lakeland businesses, since they know it will attract not only a variety of customers and clients, but employees too! Lorio and Associates specializes in local commercial real estate, and we have properties available downtown now, just waiting for you. Visit http://lorio.com/lakeland-commercial-properties-for-lease/ to find the perfect new home for your business, and call us to schedule a tour or to get more info.